John F. Sheridan

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John F. Sheridan (1843-1908) was an actor-manager and dramatist.


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 Company, The Sheridan ) Over the course of his career he toured in England, India, USA, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

He wrote or co-wrote a number of the works they put on, including Fun on the Bristol (1882), Mrs Dooley's Little Joke (1903).



Sheridan, John F. (1848-1908), Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. (Wednesday, 14 June 2017)[1]