Phelps, Samuel

Phelps, Samuel, 1804–78, English actor-manager. After appearing in the provinces for some years he became known in London c.1837 for his portrayals of Shakespearean characters. His contribution to 19th-century theater was in opening (1844) and managing Sadler's Wells, London. There, where melodrama had reigned, he staged Shakespeare's works with imagination and taste his productions were noted for their scenic beauty. He left Sadler's Wells in 1862 but continued acting.

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