John Corey (actor)

John Corey was an English stage actor and playwright of the eighteenth century. His name is sometime written as John Cory.

Born in Barnstaple in North Devon of a Cornish family, he first acted on the London stage in 1701 have originally studied law at the Inns of Chancery. He was therefore unlikely to have been the son of the Restoration actress Katherine Corey.[1]

Between 1701 and 1735 he was a mainstay of the Drury Lane, Haymarket and Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre companies, and also appeared at the Goodman's Fields Theatre run by Henry Giffard late in his career.[2] He also wrote two plays which were performed at Lincoln's Inn Fields early in his career there.

Selected rolesEdit


  1. ^ Highfill, Burnim & Langhans p.491
  2. ^ Highfill, Burnim & Langhans p.492-93


  • Highfill, Philip H, Burnim, Kalman A. & Langhans, Edward A. A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800: Volume VIII. SIU Press, 1978.