James Medly Doel was born in 1804 at Maiden Bradley in Wiltshire, England, and at the age of five moved to live in Plymouth, where in adulthood he took to the stage.
Thus started a long and fruitful career on the provincial stage in south-west England, managing theatres at Devonport, Plymouth, Torquay, Teignmouth, Barnstaple, as well as appearing in London.
His was a long and varied life, taking in roles as tragedian, stand-up comedian, theatrical manager and entreprenuer, race-course and regatta caterer, licensed victualler, prize winning caged bird exhibitor and judge, and at the end of his long life, “Doyen of the Theatrical Profession.”
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