George Robey (1869-1954), Comedian
Sir George Robey (George Edward Wade)
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Sir George Robey was a music-hall comedian. He made his first appearance on the professional stage in 1891.Robey entertained London audiences during World War I with The Bing Boys Are Here, and for fifteen years thereafter he toured in his own revues and with his own companies. In 1932 he played King Menelaus in a lavish production of Offenbach's Helen! and three years later he played Falstaff in Henry IV (Part I). He was best known for his extravagant characterisations, precise diction, and comic timing. Robey appeared in many pantomimes and films and in countless music-hall performances. He was knighted in 1954.