Henry Woodward

Henry Woodward

b: 1717
d: 17 APR 1777
Biography
From 'The Chaplin and Skinner Families' page 37 :

Henry Woodward was born at Southwark in the year 1717, and was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, where he made rapid progress, and acquired a taste for the classics which he retained throughout his life. At an early age he developed a passion for the drama, and showed considerable comic ability. In his fourteenth year he had an opportunity of performing in a representation by children of "The Beggars' Opera" at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln's Inn, in which he played the part of Peachum with great success. After this he obtained engagements at Covent Garden Theatre, where.his talents found their scope in such parts as Marplot, Lord Foppington, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Touchstone, Captain Parolles, &c. In 1747 Sheridan was managing the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, and engaged Woodward for the winter season for a sum of £500, which was in those days an extraordinarily large
remuneration for an actor.

On his return to London he joined Mr. Garrick at Drury Lane, where he remained until October, 1758, when he opened a new theatre in Crow Street, Dublin, which had been built for him and Mr. Barry. This venture was very successful at first, but failed after the first four years. About the time of his wife's death he became unpopular, and certain parties were formed against him, in consequence of which he finally left Dublin and returned to London, where he remained at the head of his profession.

An amusing anecdote is told of him during his residence in Dublin. The mob one morning beset the Parliament House in order to prevent the members from passing an unpopular bill. Some of the ringleaders thought it desirable to make the members take an oath to stop the passing of the bill in question, and for this purpose they required a Bible. Woodward lived in College Green, opposite the Parliament House, and in a very short time the mob surrounded his house, and called repeatedly for a Bible. Mrs. Woodward became much agitated, because she either had not a Bible in the house, or could not find one. In the midst of the uproar her husband, with great presence of mind, snatched up a volume of Shakespeare's plays and, tossing it out of the window, told the rioters they were very welcome to it. Upon this they cheered Woodward, and after they had administered their precious oath to several of the members, they returned him his book, without being any the wiser as to its contents.

Woodward died on I7th April, 1'777, and it is stated that he left the interest of his fortune to Mrs. Bellamy, the actress.

From annotations in Ann Mendell's copy of the Chaplin and Skinner family book:

Extract from "The History of Dublin" by Sir J T Gilbert

Henry Woodward, an English comedian of high reputation, and possessing some property, was induced to become Barry's partner in the new theatre. We are told that Woodward was certainly the most eligible man Barry could fix upon. He knew that he could fill a large and desirable, though difficult, list of parts in comedy....... This skill and performance in pantomimes would render double service to the scheme.
....... The greatest advantage the Crow Street Managers obtained over their rivals was with their pantomimes, which they exhibited on the most extensive and finished scale, and in which the Harlequin of Woodward was decidedly the greatest on the stage...
....... Woodward objected to the cost of the tragedy processions indulged in by Barry, while the latter considered that his partner's expenses in getting up pantomimes were excessive. Woodward, who had sunk some thousands of pounds in the Crow Street Theatre, finally retired from it in 1762, and the partnership was terminated by a Chancery suit.

Extract from "Elegant Extracts in Poetry: Book IV: This contains a number of prologues and epilogues; among these is one entitled "Epilogue to the same (Barbarossa) 1755. Spoken by Mr Woodward, in the character of a fine gentleman. The concluding lines are:

"I therefore now propose, by your command,
That tragedies no more shall cloud this land;
Send o'er your Shakespeares to the sons of France
Let _them_ grow grave - let us begin to dance!
Banish your gloomy scenes to foreign climes,
Reserve alone, to bless these golden times,
A Farce or two - and Woodward's pantomimes."

"Miss in her Teens" was a farce by Garrick, first acted in 1747, at Covent Garden. The chief characters were Captain Flash, a swaggering but far from courageous officer, and Kibble, a contemptible effeminate dandy. Woodward acted Flash, and Garrick, Tibble. (Early Diary of Frances Burney, 7 Feb 1770. p79 note by editor Annie Ellis)
Mr Woodward played Lofty in the first representation of The Goodnatured Man by Oliver Goldsmith, at Covent Garden Theatre 29 Jan 1768.

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  • 1717 - Birth - ; Southwark
  • 17 APR 1777 - Death -
  • 1731 - Fact -
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MHenry Woodward
Birth1717Southwark
Death17 APR 1777
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Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Henry Woodward
Birth1717Southwark
Death17 APR 1777
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CHILDREN
FRebecca Woodward
BirthABT 1737
Death1817at South Place, Knightsbridge, "a pretty country house with a garden," where MAC was taken to see her aged 4 or 5. The h
Marriage25 SEP 1754to Walter Nugent at Possibly Marylebone Church
FDaughter Woodward
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Marriageto Robert Bree , M. D.
Descendancy Chart
Henry Woodward b: 1717 d: 17 APR 1777
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Rebecca Woodward b: ABT 1737 d: 1817
Walter Nugent d: APR 1775
Peggy Nugent d: ABT 1810
Edward Nugent , Col. b: 24 JUL 1755 d: 23 MAR 1836
Adriana Spencer d: 6 AUG 1839
Juliana Caroline Rebecca Adriana Nugent b: AFT 1787 d: 10 MAR 1833
Frederick Ayrton b: 1780 d: 24 NOV 1824
Matilda Adriana Ayrton b: 1 JUN 1813 d: 26 JAN 1899
John Clarke Chaplin b: 25 AUG 1806 d: 2 JUN 1856
Holroyd Chaplin b: 17 MAR 1840 d: 23 DEC 1917
Euphemia Isabella Skinner b: 7 JUN 1847 d: 10 SEP 1939
Irene Kate Chaplin b: 1 MAR 1873 d: 22 JUN 1962
John William Ernest Pearce b: 4 APR 1864 d: 25 JAN 1951
Edward Holroyd Pearce , Lord b: 9 FEB 1901 d: 27 NOV 1990
Erica Priestman b: 1906 d: DEC 1985
Richard Bruce Holroyd Pearce b: 12 MAY 1930 d: 1987
James Edward Holroyd Pearce b: 18 MAR 1934 d: 11 JUN 1985
Phyllis Margaret Pearce b: 8 FEB 1910 d: 6 JUN 1973
Edward Douglas Eade b: 7 FEB 1911 d: 24 DEC 1984
John Allan Chaplin Pearce b: 21 OCT 1912 d: 15 SEP 2006
Helen Nugent Pearce b: 22 NOV 1917 d: 6 APR 1920
Effie Irene Pearce b: 18 AUG 1899 d: 26 JAN 1996
Raymond Ray-Jones R.E., A.R.C.A. b: 31 AUG 1886 d: 26 FEB 1942
Holroyd Anthony Ray-Jones b: 7 JUN 1941 d: 13 MAR 1972
Allan Nugent Chaplin b: 8 JUN 1871 d: 1917
Son Chaplin b: 29 NOV 1900 d: ABT 29 NOV 1900
Matilda Effie Chaplin b: 20 JUN 1874 d: 20 DEC 1874
Phyllis Chaplin b: 7 JUN 1879 d: 27 JUL 1924
Philip Herbert Cowell b: 1870 d: 1949
Theodoric Chaplin b: 14 FEB 1881 d: 29 OCT 1906
Daphne Grace Chaplin b: 6 SEP 1884 d: 16 FEB 1964
Daphne Grace Chaplin b: 6 SEP 1884 d: 16 FEB 1964
Cecil Arbuthnot Gould b: 1883 d: 1917
Allan Chaplin , Col b: 20 JUN 1844 d: 19 AUG 1910
Maud Elizabeth Skinner b: 25 OCT 1844 d: 24 JUN 1904
Wyndham Allan Chaplin , Mus. Bac. Oxon., Rev b: 12 NOV 1872 d: 29 AUG 1914
Mabel Florance Ida Chaplin b: 7 OCT 1875 d: 1970
Charles Nugent Hope-Wallace b: 3 FEB 1877 d: 15 OCT 1953
Philip Hope-Wallace b: NOV 1911 d: 1979
Nina Mary Hope-Wallace b: 14 DEC 1905 d: 1995
Edward O'Bryen Hoare , Sir b: 29 APR 1898 d: 1969
Maud Dorothea Fanny Chaplin b: 23 JUL 1880 d: 6 NOV 1899
Louisa Sarah Chaplin b: 23 APR 1838 d: 9 JUL 1897
John Edwin Hilary Skinner b: 11 JAN 1839 d: 20 NOV 1894
John Allan Cleveland Skinner b: 19 SEP 1865 d: 8 SEP 1925
Hilary Francis Cleveland Skinner b: 10 OCT 1889 d: 25 JUL 1916
John Adrian Dudley Skinner b: 2 SEP 1891 d: 30 MAY 1965
Bruce Allan Maclean Skinner b: 29 AUG 1927 d: 2002
Caroline Louisa Marianne Skinner b: 22 FEB 1873 d: 20 JUN 1936
Roandeu Albert Henry Bickford-Smith b: 3 MAY 1859 d: 13 DEC 1916
William Nugent Venning Bickford-Smith b: 14 MAY 1892 d: 3 SEP 1975
Amy Evelyn Holme b: 6 SEP 1906 d: 21 JUL 1979
Leslie Evelyn Bickford-Smith b: 1928 d: 1990
Leonard James Jacob b: 1928 d: 1989
John Allan Bickford-Smith Capt RN b: 23 APR 1895 d: 8 MAY 1970
Joan Angel Allsebrook Simon b: 8 AUG 1901 d: 13 APR 1991
Norman Kennedy d: 1926
Hilary John Bickford-Smith Cdr RN Cdr RN b: 8 FEB 1926 d: 25 MAY 1988
Aubrey Louis Bickford-Smith b: 4 FEB 1902 d: 9 JUL 1975
Roger Bickford-Smith b: 1939 d: 1997
Clifton Wyndham Hilary Skinner , R.F.A. b: 26 MAR 1880 d: 17 FEB 1908
Ayrton Chaplin , Rev b: 19 OCT 1842 d: 1930
Edith Elizabeth Pyne b: 28 SEP 1845 d: 1928
Ursula (Ulla) Chaplin , M.D. b: 30 NOV 1869 d: 1937
Adriana (Audrey) Chaplin b: 26 APR 1872 d: 15 DEC 1945
Ursula Joan Gregory b: 29 JUL 1896 d: 17 JUL 1959
Christopher John (Kit) Gregory b: 11 JUL 1900 d: 1977
Marion Eastty Black b: 3 MAY 1902 d: AUG 1998
Elizabeth Gregory b: 22 OCT 1933 d: 1938
Henry Ayrton Chaplin , L.R.C.P. & S. b: 21 AUG 1876 d: 2 JUL 1905
Matilda Charlotte Chaplin , M.D. b: 20 JUN 1846 d: 19 JUL 1883
William Edward Ayrton , F.R.S. F.R.S. b: 14 SEP 1847 d: 6 NOV 1908
Edith Chaplin Ayrton b: 1 OCT 1874 d: 5 MAY 1945
Israel Zangwill b: 21 JAN 1864 d: 1 AUG 1926
Margaret (Peggy) Zangwill b: 12 APR 1910
Oliver Louis Zangwill b: 29 OCT 1913 d: 12 OCT 1987
Joy Moult b: 1924 d: 2016
David Ayrton Zangwill b: FEB 1952 d: 1953
Ayrton Israel Zangwill b: 15 AUG 1906
James Edward Nugent b: 3 JAN 1833
Margaret Louisa Nugent d: JUL 1905
Philip O'Reilly d: 24 SEP 1912
Edward Nugent Ayrton b: 13 MAR 1815 d: 28 NOV 1873
William Edward Ayrton , F.R.S. F.R.S. b: 14 SEP 1847 d: 6 NOV 1908
Matilda Charlotte Chaplin , M.D. b: 20 JUN 1846 d: 19 JUL 1883
Edith Chaplin Ayrton b: 1 OCT 1874 d: 5 MAY 1945
Israel Zangwill b: 21 JAN 1864 d: 1 AUG 1926
Margaret (Peggy) Zangwill b: 12 APR 1910
Oliver Louis Zangwill b: 29 OCT 1913 d: 12 OCT 1987
Joy Moult b: 1924 d: 2016
David Ayrton Zangwill b: FEB 1952 d: 1953
Ayrton Israel Zangwill b: 15 AUG 1906
Phoebe Sarah (Hertha) Marks b: 28 APR 1854 d: 26 AUG 1923
Barbara Bodichon Ayrton b: 3 APR 1886 d: OCT 1950
Gerald Gould b: 1885 d: 1936
Michael Ayrton b: 20 FEB 1921 d: 17 NOV 1975
Frederick Ayrton b: 20 MAR 1812 d: 20 JUN 1873
Margaret Hicks b: 1808 d: 12 SEP 1873
Agnes Nugent Ayrton b: 31 MAY 1834 d: 24 APR 1907
Charles Cyril Hicks , Dr b: 1832 d: ABT OCT 1894
Frederick Ayrton b: 1836
Acton Smee Ayrton b: 5 AUG 1816 d: 30 NOV 1886
John Hyde Ayrton b: 4 JAN 1818 d: 1845
James Nugent b: 1792 d: 25 JAN 1815
Daughter Caley d: 1890