John Young (stage actor)

John Young was an English stage actor of the seventeenth century. He was active as a member of the Duke's Company during the Restoration Era, appearing at Lincoln's Inn Fields and then at the Dorset Garden Theatre when the company relocated.[1] While not much is known about his background, he was repeatedly in debt during his acting career.[2] In 1667 he stood in for Thomas Betterton after he fell ill during the run of Macbeth appearing as the title role. Samuel Pepys described him as "a bad actor at best".[3]

Selected roles edit

References edit

  1. ^ Highfill, Burnim & Langhans p.353
  2. ^ Highfill, Burnim & Langhans p.353
  3. ^ Roberts p.99

Bibliography edit

  • Highfill, Philip H, Burnim, Kalman A. & Langhans, Edward A. A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660–1800: W. West to Zwingman. SIU Press, 1993.
  • Roberts, David. Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage. Cambridge University Press, 2010.