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John Henderson (8 March 1747 – 3 December 1785) was an English actor, known as "The Bath Roscius", who inherited David Garrick's mantle as the greatest Shakesperean actor.[1]

John Henderson
John Henderson by Thomas Gainsborough.jpg
John Henderson. Oil on canvas by Thomas Gainsborough
Born(1747-03-08)8 March 1747
Died3 December 1785(1785-12-03) (aged 38)
Years active1772–85

From 1772 until 1778 he performed as part of the company at the Old Orchard Street Theatre in Bath.[2]


  1. ^ Sinclair, G.A. (1904). "A Successor of David Garrick". The Scottish Historical Review. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons. 1 (3): 306–13. ISSN 1750-0222. LCCN 2008-242177. OCLC 60624888. OL 20520220M.
  2. ^ Lowndes, William (1982). The Theatre Royal at Bath. Redcliffe. pp. 23–25. ISBN 978-0905459493.
John Henderson as Falstaff

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