Lee, Nathaniel, 1653-1692

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Lee, Nathaniel, 1653-1692

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LEE, NATHANIEL, son of Rev. Richard Lee DD, Rector of Hatfield, Herts. ; b. 1653; at school under Busby (Baker, Biog. Dram. , 1812, I, pt. ii, 448); went to Charterhouse Sch. ; Trinity Coll. Cambridge, adm. pens. 7 Jul 1665, scholar 1668, matr. 1668; BA 1668/9; went on the stage, but failed as an actor and took to writing tragedies; Nero, his first play, was produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 1675; wrote plays Gloriana and Sophonisba 1676, of which the latter, with music by Purcell and a prologue by John Dryden (qv), was performed in the Tennis Court at Oxford during Commemoration Week Jul 1680; his best known tragedy, The Rival Queens, was produced in 1677; collaborated with Dryden on two plays 1679 and 1682; his last tragedy, Constantine the Great, was produced at the Theatre Royal in 1684; confined in Bethlem Hospital for lunacy, due to his intemperate habits, 1684-9; a collected edition of his tragedies was published in 1713; buried St. Clement Danes, London 6 May 1692. DNB.


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International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families - ISAAR(CPF) 2nd edition - ICA 2004 ISBN 2-9521932-2-29



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Users should note that the information recorded here that is not to be found in the first two volumes of the Record of Old Westminsters and its first Supplement has been assembled from various published and manuscript sources by Hugh Edmund Pagan MA FSA, and all new resulting text is his copyright, © 2014.

The Record of Old Westminsters: A biographical list of all those who are known to have been educated at Westminster School from the earliest times to 1927, Volumes 1 & 2, compiled by G. F. Russell Barker and Alan H. Stenning, London, 1928.

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