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Written by Opalsusanna on 8. Apr, 2015
John - Very pleased to see you're enjoying my research so my efforts aren't in vain. I must admit that although Fred and Frances were such stalwarts of the north-east circuit, I don't know much about the theatres in that area so anything relevant in your research that would be relevant to their life and times would be great to see. Your records of Fred have inspired me to write a section of his story tracking him around 1866 which seems to one of the last years of his and Frances' partnership. They were at the Newcastle Theatre Royal and the Lyceum in Sunderland as well as in Hartlepool so if I find anything I think might be relevant to your research, then I'll let you know. I aim to cover all six surviving siblings and their offspring so I've a while to go yet. Good luck in your research,

very best,

Written by john oxley on 7. Apr, 2015
I am currently researching the history of the New Theatre Royal Hartlepool. During December 1866, Fred Hastings appeared in at least 2 productions there, I have copies of bill posters with his name on. I have found your research most interesting and informative and if I come across any additional info I will keep you posted.

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Hi Jean,
How lovely to see your comment. He was obviously a man of immense talent, Best, Susanne

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