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Penley, William Sydney

PENLEY, WILLIAM SYDNEY (1852- ), English actor, was born at Broadstairs, and educated in London, where his father had a school. He first made his mark as a comedian by his exceedingly amusing performance as the curate in The Private Secretary, a part in which he succeeded Beerbohrn Tree; but he is even more associated with the title role in Brandon Thomas's Charley's Aunt (1892), a farce which had an unprecedentedly long run and was acted all over the world.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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