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date: 09 December 2019

Broadhurst, Dorothea locked

  • Nicholas Michael Butler

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(b St. Mary Newington, Surrey, England, 1774; d Charleston, SC, Oct 1, 1802). British singer and actress. Broadhurst was performing on the New York stage as early as 1797, and in subsequent years participated in theatrical productions in several cities along the Atlantic coast, singing popular airs and in English operas. Contemporaries praised the quality of her voice and her vocal technique, but not the attractiveness of her person. Broadhurst spent the last year of her life in Charleston, South Carolina, where she arrived with a theatrical group in the autumn of 1801. During her tenure there she performed at the Charleston Theatre, Vauxhall Garden, and at the exclusive subscription concerts of the St. Cecilia Society. She succumbed to “stranger’s fever” (yellow fever) and was buried at St. Philip’s Church. An obituary noted that Broadhurst was survived by her widowed mother, whom she had supported since her 14th year....

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