Colin Henry Hazlewood
(1823–1875) was an English playwright
Hazlewood was born in 1823, and became a low comedian on the Lincoln
, and western circuits. In 1850 he wrote and produced at the City of London Theatre a farce entitled ‘Who's the Victim?’ which was received with favour, and he commenced writing stories for the penny weekly publications. In 1851 he was engaged at the Surrey Theatre, appearing as Bob Blackberry in the ‘Rover's Bride,’ and was next engaged by Nelson Lee and Johnson for the City of London Theatre as low comedian. Here he remained ten years, producing numerous dramas, farces, and burlesques, among his successes being ‘The Bonnet Builders' Tea Party’ at the Strand Theatre; ‘Jenny Foster, the Sailor's Child,’ and ‘Jessie Vere, or the Return of the Wanderer,’ two dramas each in two acts, produced in 1854 and 1856 at the Britannia Saloon, where they had long runs; and ‘Waiting for the Verdict,’ first given at the City of London Theatre. Hazlewood wrote mainly for the Britannia and Pavilion Theatres, and is said to have been paid at the rate of about fifty shillings an act, with something extra for a very successful piece. He died at 44 Huntingdon Street, Haggerston, London, on 31 May 1875, aged 52, leaving two children, a son, Henry Colin Hazlewood (lessee and manager of the Star Theatre, Wolverhampton), and a daughter.
The following pieces by Hazlewood were printed in T. H. Lacy's ‘Acting Edition of Plays:’ No. 161,... Read More