Dance, James (d. 1774)

LOVE, James, an actor whose real name was Dance, the son of Mr. Dance, the city surveyor, and the ungraceful architect of the London mansion-house. He was educated at Westminster school, and Cambridge, but took no degree. He expected patronage from Walpole, in consequence of his answering an attack against the minister, but was disappointed, and at last turned his thoughts to the stage. He was on the Dublin and Edinburgh theatres, and appeared at Drury-lane, 1762. His Falstaff was much admired, till eclipsed by the better acting of Henderson. He died 1774. He wrote Pamela, a comedy, 1742, and some other dramatic pieces.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 579.

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