- Lewis Waller
Lewis Waller (
November 3 1860- November 1 1915) was an English actorand theatre manager (real name: William Waller Lewis), born in Spain. His father was a civil engineer.
He first appeared on the
Londonstage in 1883, at Tooles, and for some years added to his reputation as a capable actor in London and the provinces. He came more particularly to the front by a fine performance as Buckingham in "The Three Musketeers" under Herbert Beerbohm Tree's management at His Majesty's in 1895, and soon afterwards organized a company of his own, first at the Haymarket and afterwards at the Shaftesbury, Imperial, Apollo and other theatres.
His fine voice and vigorous acting earned him critical acclaim in a number of
Shakespeareroles, such as the title character in "Henry V", Brutus in "Julius Caesar", and Faulkenbridge in " King John". He had his greatest successes, however, in romantic roles, such as "Monsieur Beaucaire", often with his wife, the former Florence West, who was also well known as a powerful and accomplished actress.
The photographic portrait above has been copied from the V&A Lafayette website. No request for permission to use was received.
Lewis Waller made a small number of recordings for the
*1351 Charge of the Light Brigade (Tennyson) (9641) 1907.
*1359 Speech from Henry V (Shakespear) ?1907
*1360 The ballad of Clamperdown (Kipling) (9640) April 1907.
*1361 The Snarleyow. ?1907
*1442 Henry V at Harfleur from Henry V (Shakespear) (13914/E164) 1911.
*1443 Charge of the Light Brigade (Tennyson) (13915/E164) 1911.
* [http://shakespeare.emory.edu/actordisplay.cfm?actorid=91 Profile of Waller]
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