the Big Four



  • Nickname for two actors and two actresses who dominated theNew York stage in the late 19th century. They were John Drew (seeDrew family), James Lewis, of whom little is known, AdaRehan (Ada Crehan; 1860 - 1916), who changed her name followinga printer's error and whose most famous role was Katharine in TheTaming Of The Shrew (1887), and Mrs G. H. Gilbert (Ann Hartley;1821 - 1904), who specialized in playing eccentric spinsters.The four appeared regularly at Daly's Theatre.