Biography - His
Dewhurst - The Lancashire Tragedian tells his story against the background
of the Victorian theatre. It is a tribute to him and also to the many unsung heroes
of the stage without whose contributions the theatre would not exist.
- Jonathan was
one of the great tragedians of his time. The driving force in his life was
the theatre, which he saw as a great educational and civilising force.
- His mission
was to present good drama and the highest standards of production to as many
people as possible - to spread his message as much to the worker in the Austalian
outback as to the audiences in the palatial theatres of Melbourne or Sydney,
to the provincal audiences of industrial Lancashire and the sophisticated
play-goers of Drury Lane.
- He specialised
in Shakespeare and in the popular dramas and melodramas of the day.
- He appeared
on the London stage on numerous occasions but always returned to his northern
- Toured Australia
and India to great popular acclaim.
- Ran his own
touring company for several years in the north of England.
- Toured with
some of the great actors and actresses of the Victorian era.
- Managed the
Theatre Royal in Leigh for 18 years.