Biography of Sarah Siddons

Sarah Siddons

Sarah Siddons was an eighteenth century dramatic actress.

When and Where was she Born?

5th July 1755, Brecon, Brecknockshire, Wales.

Family Background:

Sarah Siddons was the eldest child of Roger Kemble, the manager of a small traveling theatre company.

Education:

From her family.

Timeline of Sarah Siddons

1760: Siddons worked as a child actor in her father’s traveling company.

1773: She marries William Siddons a fellow actor.

1775: Sarah Siddons first began working in London playing Portia. After several tours of the provinces her reputation began to rise.

1782: She achieved major recognition playing Isabella in David Garrick’s adaptation of “Fatal Marriage”, a play by Thomas Southerne, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

1803: She followed her Brother John Phillip Kemble onto the stage at Covent Garden. where she was to become a resident actress. Over the following years she made her reputation as Britain’s leading actress.

Theatre Royal
The present Theatre Royal, Drury Lane opened in 1812. (copyright Anthony Blagg)

1812: Sarah Siddons’s final stage performance was as Lady Macbeth in June although she continued to give public readings until her death.

When and Where did she Die?

8th June 1831, London, England.

Age at Death:

76.

Marriage:

1773 to William Siddons a fellow actor.

Site of Grave:

St. Mary on Paddington Green Churchyard, Paddington, London, England.

Places of Interest:

AVON:

Lived at 33 The Paragon, Bath for several years.

LONDON:

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

KENT:

Tenterden, Ellen Terry’s Home.