Michael Read BA (Manc), PhD (Lond), FRSA, FHEA has been an STR member since 1974. He also belongs to the Irving Society. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic, acted with the RSC and in rep, taught theatre history for a generation at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and his writings on actors and acting contribute to several publications including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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J. L. Toole (1830-1906) – English actor and manager who specialised in farce, burlesque-extravaganza and domestic melodrama – whose biography I am now writing.