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Betterton, Thomas

Born: 1635 AD
Died: 1710 AD
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1635 – Born in London England. He was a leading English actor of the Restoration and author of several popular adaptations.

1659-1660 – Rhodes obtained a license to set up a company of players at the Cockpit Theatre in Drury Lane; and on the reopening of this theatre, Betterton made his first appearance on the stage.

1661 – On the opening of the new theatre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Davenant, the patentee of the Duke’s Company, engaged Betterton and all Rhodes’s company to play in his Siege of Rhodes.

1662 – He had married the actress Mary Saunderson.

1682 – From Davenant’s death, Betterton was the de facto manager and director of the Duke’s Company, and from the merger of London’s two theatre companies, he continued to fulfill these functions in the new United Company.

1710 – He made his last appearance on the stage, as Melantius in The Maid’s Tragedy.

         – He died on the 28th of April in London, England.

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