British (English) actor manager.
ALS. 1p. North End Lodge. July 27th 1861. To D.R. Raw, Esq., Secretary of the Maybury Club.
"I shall leave Town on Tuesday next, and as I do not know when I shall return, I beg you to accept this notice of my absence as applying to all future meetings until you hear from me. I shall have much pleasure in writing to you immediately on my return as I assure my absence from your dinners has occasioned me extreme regret".
8vo. Approx 7.5 x 4.5 inches. Mounting traces to top corners of blank verso, else fine.
Robert Keeley was a leading actor-manager of the 19th century. He was a specialist in comedy roles and a female impersonator (he was coached by Charles Dickens himself as Mrs Gamp in Martin Chuzzelwit). He originated the role of Fritz in the stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1823. He often appeared in productions alongside his wife, Mary Anne Keeley. Robert Keeley shared the management of the Princess's Theatre with Charles Kean.