Ada Cavendish

Ada Cavendish (1839 5 October 1895) was an English actress known for her Shakespearean roles and for popularising the plays of Wilkie Collins in America .

Ada Cavendish
Died(1895-10-05)5 October 1895


After her stage debut in 1863, beginning in musical burlesques by F. C. Burnand and others. Cavendish became known for playing such Shakespearean heroines as Juliet, Beatrice and Rosalind. She also famously played the title role of Miss Gwilt in the stage adaptation of Armadale and Mercy Merrick in The New Magdalen, both by Wilkie Collins.[1]


She married Francis Albert Marshall (1840-1889), who published a scholarly edition of Shakespeare.

She was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.[2]


  1. Knight, John Joseph (1901). "Cavendish, Ada" . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. Photo of Cavendish's grave


  • Peters, Catherine. The King of Inventors, A Life of Wilkie Collins, Seeker & Warburg, London 1991

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