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Frank Burnand (1836-1917), Playwright and humorist; editor of Punch
Sir Francis Cowley ('Frank') Burnand
Sitter in 14 portraits
One of the most prolific dramatic authors and burlesque writers ever known, with nearly two hundred works to his credit. His first production was a burlesque entitled Dido, produced at the St James's Theatre in 1860; his most notable pieces included Ixion, or the Man at the Wheel (1863), Black Eyed Susan (1866) and Ariel (1883), based on The Tempest. One of Burnand's biggest successes was the burlesque The Colonel (1881), which made so much money for actor-manager Edgar Bruce that he was able to build the Prince of Wales Theatre. In 1861, Burnand joined the staff of Punch. He became the magazine's editor in 1880, a post that he held until his retirement in 1906.