Sidney Frances Bateman
Date of Birth : Mar 29, 1823
Date of Death : Jan 13, 1881
Sidney Frances Bateman, daughter of Joseph Cowell, an English actor who had settled in America, was married to Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman and also an actor.
She was also the author of several popular plays, in one of which, Self, she and her husband made a great success. After her husband's death in 1875, Mrs Bateman continued to manage the Lyceum until 1878. She later took the Sadler's Wells theatre, which she managed until her death. She was the first to bring to England an entire American company with an American play, Joaquin Miller's The Danites.
Mr and Mrs Bateman had eight children, three of the four daughters being educated for the stage. The two oldest, Kate Josephine, and Ellen, known as the "Bateman children," began their theatrical career at an early age. In 1862, Kate played in New York as Juliet and Lady Macbeth, and in 1863 she had a great success in London as Leah in Augustin Daly's adaptation of Mosenthal's Deborah.
In 1866 Kate married George Crowe, but returned to the stage in 1868, playing later as Lady Macbeth with Henry Irving, and in 1875 in the title-part of Tennyson's Queen Mary.