An actress in the King’s company, wife of Christopher.

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Michael Robinson   Link to this

Per L&M Companion:

Actress, singer and dancer in the King's Company 1664-?78; a friend of Elizabeth Pearse and of Pepys (who dubbed her Bab Allen after one of her songs). She was born Elizabeth Carpenter and married Christopher Knepp (whom Pepys calls a 'jockey' i.e. a horse dealer) at Knightsbridge in 1659. In 1668 she was twice arrested at the Lord Chamberlain's charge for misdemeanors at the Theater Royal.
[She created the role of Lady Fidget, spokeswoman for "the virtuous gang" of secretly sex-hungry town wives, in Wycherley's 'The Country Wife' at Drury Lane in 1675. MR]


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