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Charles Dibdin (1745–1814)

Dibdin, Charles. An English lyric and dramatic poet and actor; born at Southampton, 1745; died on July 25, 1814. He opened a little playhouse in London, the Sans Souci Theatre, and there brought out his own plays, enlivened with his own songs, set to music of his own composition, and with himself as the leading actor. He wrote probably fifty plays and operettas (best remembered among them ‘The Quaker,’ an operetta), two novels, a ‘History of the Stage,’ and over a thousand songs. His ‘Sea Songs’ are popular favorites still. He wrote an autobiography; ‘Professional Life’ (4 vols., 1803). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).