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this opportunity, and engaged him for the intervals between the C. G. nights—(Thespian Dictionary)his terms at D. L. were considerably higher than those at C. G.
10. Never acted, Thirty Thousand, or Who's the Richest ? Gangway (servant to Foresail) = Munden): Windmill (a schemer-in love with Henrica) = Fawcett : Foresail (a naval officer-in love with Rosanna)= Braham: Arable (a farmer)= Incledon : Clump (his servant)=Emery : Teddy (servant to Windmill) = Rock : Lawyer Plainly = Murray : Dubious = Blanchard : Rosanna (an heiress—in love with Foresail) = Sig. Storache : Mrs. Notable (a housekeeper) = Mrs. Mattocks : Henrica (in love with Windmill) = Miss Davies : Mrs. Arable= Mrs. Dibdin :-acted 11 times—a person had left £1000 a piece to each of his three nephews-viz. Foresail, Arable and Windmill he had also left £30,000 to accumulate for 7 years at the end of which time, the whole sum was to be given to the richest of the three nephews-Plainly and Dubious were made executors to the will-Henrica, the testator's daughter, was disinherited—the piece begins on the day in which the claims of the three nephews are to be decided—at the conclusion, it appears that the testator had made a fresh will, by which he gave his possessions in India to Henrica-and directed that the £30,000, with the accumulations, should be equally divided between his three nephews. -this is a poor Op. in 3 acts, by T. Dibdin-the plot is founded on the story of the Will in Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales vol. 1st.
26. Not acted nine years, George Barnwell. George Barnwell = C. Kemble : Thorowgood Murray : Uncle = Hull: Millwood =Mrs. Litchfield : Maria= Miss Marriot: Lucy = Mrs. Mattocks :this bill gives an exact specimen of playhouse computation-the play was acted Dec. 26 1796—that is precisely to a day eight years ago.
28. Dramatist. 31. Richard 3d = Cooke : Richmond=C. Kemble.
Jan 2. Man of the World. Lady Rodolpha Mrs. Litchfield, 1st time.
3. Heir at Law-9. Cabinet.
7. Romeo and Juliet. Romeo = C. Kemble : Mercutio = Lewis : Friar Lawrence = Hull: Apothecary = Simmons: Juliet = Miss Marriot : Nurse =Mrs. Davenport.
15. Never acted, School of Reform. Tyke = = Emery : Ferment=Lewis : Lord Avondale=Cooke : Frederick=C. Kemble : Gen. Tarragon=Munden: Old Man= Murray: Mrs. Ferment=Mrs. Litchfield : Mrs. Nicely = Mrs. Davenport: Mrs. St. Clair= Mrs. Gibbs : Julia = Miss Brunton : Shelah = Mrs. St. Leger :-acted 26 times——this C. by Morton is on the whole a good one-the moral is excellent, and the character of Tyke has singular merit—the catastrophe is badly managed — Lord Avondale acts very unnaturally—he goes to a strange house, pounces upon some papers of importance, with as much ease as if he had been in his own study-returns in a violent agitation-skreens himself by sacrificing his dependant, and then proceeds coolly to his marriage, just as if nothing had happened-Mrs. St. Clair is discovered where she is very unlikely to be—but this produces stage effect—and in stage effect, some modern writers seem to think, consists the whole merit of the drama- -Emery's Tyke was a perfect piece of acting
28. Norval= Master Betty, 7th app. at C. G.
Feb. 2. Mountaineers. Octavian= Master Betty, 1st time.
7. Master Betty acted Romeo 1st time :-Mrs. H. Siddons was Juliet.
11. Master Betty's night, and last app. till after Easter. Tancred and Sigismunda. Tancred = Master Betty : Siffredi = Hargrave : Osmond = Cory: Sigismunda = Mrs. H. Siddons :—with Padlock-between the acts of the Farce Master Betty will speak an address to the audience—“ the Publick “are respectfully informed by the Proprietors and “ Mr. Betty, that Master H. W. Betty will (accord“ing to his agreement) return, the week after Easter, “ to act 12 nights at this theatre”—he had now acted 12 nights, besides his benefit.
12. Too many Cooks. Bustleton = Fawcett : Barny O'Bother = Rock: Old Rivers = Blanchard : Young Rivers = Hill : Farmer Freeland = Murray: Laura (his daughter) = Mrs. Atkins : Phæbe= Miss Davies : Katty O’Bother = Miss Waddy :- acted about 3 times-Young Rivers and Laura are mutually in love---Freeland will not consent to their union without the approbation of Old Rivers–O’Bother presents himself to Freeland as Old Rivers-Bustleton soon after enters, disguised as Old Rivers — Freeland wants an explanation-Old Rivers himself makes his appearance-Young Rivers marries Laura
with his father's consent this musical Farce was written by Kenney-it is an indifferent piece-Bustleton and O’Bother are not bad characters.
16. Never acted, To Marry or not to Marry. Sir Oswin Mortland=Kemble : Lavensforth = Cooke : Lord Danberry (uncle to Sir Oswin) = Munden: Willowear=Farley : Amos (a black—servant to Lavensforth)=Brunton : Hester (daughter to Lavensforth) = Miss Shuttleworth, being her 1st app. on the stage : Lady Susan Courtly = Mrs. Glover : Mrs. Sarah Mortland (elder sister to Sir Oswin) = Mrs. Davenport : — acted 17 times—about 13 years before the play begins, Sir Oswin bad made himself popular by his prosecution of Lavensforth as a state delinquent–Lavensforth had gone abroad he had placed his daughter under the care of a man who treats her unkindly-she runs away to avoid a match with Willowear-and wishes to put herself under the protection of Mrs. Sarah Mortland-Mrs. Mortland is vexed that Hester should have come to her house without a regular invitation, and fearful that her brother will be offended-Sir Oswin is a man who dislikes strangers, and whose happiness consists chiefly in his books — Lord Danberry is very desirous that Sir Oswin, who is heir to his title and estate, should marry-Sir Oswin is averse from marriage, but by the importunity of his uncle he is prevailed on to pay his addresses to Lady Susan -Sir Oswin gradually becomes in love with Hester
- at the conclusion Lavensforth and Sir Oswin are reconciled-Sir Oswin marries Hester-Willowear had made Lady Susan an offer of marriage, and been refused by her-he renews his offer and she accepts it this Comedy (tho' somewhat of too serious a cast) does Mrs. Inchbald great credit-it is chaste and simple—there are no farcical incidents -no songs, nor processions—no broken Englishno striking situation—no particular stage effectin a word, none of those meretricious arts, by which the favour of the public has been so successfully courted.
This was Mrs. Inchbald's last play-she had previously written 18 pieces-most of which had been acted with deserved success--as a dramatic writer, she was little inferiour to any of her contemporaries, and very superiour to most of them her husband is said to have died in a very extraordinary manner.
28. Never acted, Out of Place, or the Lake of Lausanne. Timothy=Fawcett: Capt. Valteline = Braham: Old Valteline = Simmons : Count Vancenza = Hill : Cavalier Pomposo = Blanchard : Lauretta = Sig. Storache : Cecily=Miss Waddy :-acted about 17 times—this musical Farce was written by Reynolds —it seems not to have been printed.
March 30. Wheel of Fortune.
April 1. Sig. Storache's bt. Siege of Belgrade. Cohenberg = Cooke : Peter=Taylor, 1st time.
2. Master Betty acted Norval—this was before Easter.
6. For bt. of Lewis. Laugh when you can. . Gossamer=Lewis : Sambo=Fawcett: Mortimer = Cooke: Bonus= Munden : Miss Gloomly
= Mrs. Mattocks : Mrs. Mortimer = Mrs. H. Siddons.
18. Never acted, Who wants a Guinea ? Sir Larry Mac Murragh=Lewis : Jonathan Oldskirt (a remnant-seller at the back of St. Clements) = Sim