Sybil Arundale


Either through choice or through talent, Sybil had a more active career than her sister Grace. Grace had much experience with Shakespeare in her early years before she moved on to lighter fare, but Sybil seems to have played in only a few Shakespeare plays: in 1898 as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and later as Rosalind in As You Like It. But that is not to say that she was not a serious dramatic actor. When Ibsen was still a controversial playwright in London, she performed in The Pillars of Society and The Wild Duck. Over the years she acted in many plays and took a number of parts. In 1893 she and her sister Sybil played in the music halls; they billed themselves as “The Sisters Arundale.”