An ac­tor’s end

Your Family History - - Tracing Your Theatrical Ancestors -

The sui­cides of sev­eral ac­tors were re­ported in the Vic­to­rian press. Some were fac­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems, but oth­ers had a long his­tory of de­pres­sion, and in other cases, had med­i­cal prob­lems that they feared would stop them earn­ing a liv­ing on the stage. One ac­tor killed him­self af­ter be­com­ing fed up ‘wait­ing for some­thing to turn up’.

SEPTEM­BER 2017

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