Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 21. Sunday, 19 Aug 1990.
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 1990 09:55:06 EDT
Subject: [Thomas Oakes, Ben Ross Schneider]
I have a knotty little research problem which I shall be posting
to REED-L, and was hoping you could pass on to SHAKSPER, since I
am not signed on to it yet (although I would like to be). Here
We at REED are trying to identify a Shakespearean actor who is a
little out of our period. His name is Thomas Oakes, and all that
is really know of him are the following facts: 1) in 1792 he signed
a lease as part of his purchase of the British Plate Glass Company
in which he described his occupation as Skakespearean actor; 2) he
lived while in London on Upper Wimpole Street; 3) the actor Garrick
lent money to Oakes' company after he had acquired it.
We'd be grateful for any further information anyone might know who
was more conversant with the period than we are. Also, we have been
told that there is an on-line index to the London Stage 1660-1800,
but have been unable to find out where this is or whether it contains
more data than the printed index: any leads on that, or the email address,
if any, of its compiler, Ben Ross Schneider, would be gratefully
received as well.
Thanks for your help.