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The one-legged transvestite who started the Theatre Royal Haymarket

A one-legged transvestite female impersonator could have lost England the American Colonies in a scandal that rocked Georgian society. It was also possibly the extraordinary life of Samuel Foote that provided the material for Peter Cook’s ‘One leg too few’ sketch, when Cook turns to Dudley Moore portraying a ‘unidexter’ Tarzan “I’ve got nothing against your right leg. The trouble is, neither have you”. Born into what at one time had been one of the most illustrious families in England, a long running dispute – reminiscent of Dicken’s Bleak House – over his mother’s inheritance, had left the family impoverished. Later send down from Oxford for idleness and ill-behaviour Foote was to spend time in a debtor’s prison. He would later become the first person to write a true-crime novel recounting the murder at sea of one of his uncles by another uncle. He then went on to write s...

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