George William Anson first appeared on the stage in Edinburgh in 1865. In 1880, after playing several parts in Shakespeare, he joined the company of Madame Modjeska. Her love of Shakespeare meant that Anson would learn the Shakespearean repertory; he also worked after that with Beerbohm Tree's company, where he played other Shakespeare parts as well. He excelled in the comic parts, playing Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, (1873) Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor (1902), Old Gobbo (The Merchant of Venice, 1908), and Sir Toby Belch (1909). He also played Ligarius in Julius Caesar.

In 1907 Anson discovered another vehicle for his talents as a comedian. He played in several of the popular adaptations of Dickens's novels that were in the theatres from roughly 1890 until 1914.

G. W. Anson
a role in a non-shakespearean play

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