Jessie Millward debuted as an actress in 1881 and soon became well enough known to be engaged in 1882 by Sir Henry Irving for his company at the Lyceum Theatre. While with Irving she played Hero in Much Ado About Nothingand Jessica in The Merchant of Venice.When she went to America with Irving, she played Lady Anne in Richard III.She left Irving's company in 1884 and later played in Othelloin 1889.

In 1892 she and William Terriss on tour performed "costume" recitals of scenes from Romeo and Julietand The Taming of the Shrew.Her next engagement with Shakespeare was in New York City where in 1904 she played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She left the stage in 1912 without performing in another Shakespeare play after 1904. In retirement she wrote her memoirs, Myself and Others(1923).

Jessie Millward
(1861-1932)
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as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing

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a role in a non-shakespearean play

a role in a non-shakespearean play

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