ASTON, ANTHONY (fl. 1712-1731), English actor and
dramatist, began to be known on the London stage in the early
years of the 18th century. He had tried the law and other
professions, which he finally abandoned for the theatre. He
had some success as a dramatic author, writing Love in a
Hurry, performed in Dublin about 1709, and Pastora, or the Coy
Shepherdess, an opera (1712). For many years he toured the
English provinces with his wife and son, producing pieces which
he himself wrote, or medleys from various plays fitted together
with songs and dialogues of his own.
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