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Sarah Baker, the daughter of strolling players, was born in obscurity around 1737. Little is known of her earlier years but by the time she died in 1816 she had become one of the most successful provincial theatrical managers and entrepreneurs of her day. While Sarah's personal qualities were crucial to her success, the concerns of the wider world also played a major role in deciding the course that her life would take. This lecture considered her achievements in the context of the Establishment's relationship with theatre in that period.
Dr Jean Baker teaches History at the University of Kent. The author of The Proclamation Society, William Mainwaring and the Theatrical Representations Act of 1788 and Theatre, Law and Society in the Provinces: The Case of Sarah Baker, she was (at the time of this lecture) working on a biography of Sarah Baker.
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8th May 2008