John F. Sheridan
Born in Rhode Island, USA 1843, he entereted the theatrical profession at an early age. He was married three times, twice to actresses (May Livingstone and Gracie Whiteford)
He died on 25 December 1908 in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
He was primarily a comedian and female impersonator, often playing the pantomime dame and was long remembered for playing the "Widow O’Brien" in Fun on the Bristol (a role he had played over 6000 times by the time he visited South Africa in 1904). He was also a singer and dramatist, and ran his own company for many years. (The company's name occurs in sources inter alia as The Sheridan Comedy Company and The Sheridan Company.) Over the course of his career he and his company toured in England, India, USA, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
He visited South Africa in 1904 for a six month tour of the country under the management of Frank and Ben Wheeler. His repertoire included Fun on the Bristol and Mrs Dooley's Little Joke. They played in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, opening on 10 September. Besides the actor manager John F. Sheridan himself, the company also featured the popular midget performer John Rumbelow (known as "Little Gulliver"), a long-time member of Sheridan's enterprise.
Sheridan, John F. (1848-1908), Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. (Wednesday, 14 June 2017)
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