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June 2. Theatrical Fund (after the theatre was closed for the season)-Beggar's Opera, and Barataria. Spanish Lady = Mrs. Pitt.
Mrs. Merry left the stage at the close of the season-during her 1st season she was very much followed after that her attraction ceased her features were neither delicate nor expressive, but her voice was sonorous, flexible, and sweetly melodious-her deportment was graceful, and her action nicely and judiciously adapted to the situation-ber enunciation was animated-she caught the fire of her author, and was guided by a feeling heart. (Green-room 1790.)
Mrs. Merry's characters-selection only.
Bath 1784-1785. As Miss Brunton-Grecian Daughter, Horatia, and Palmira.
C. G. 1785-1786. Horatia in Roman FatherGrecian Daughter-Juliet-Monimia-Hermione in D. M.-Cordelia-Charlotte in Werter-Palmira in Mahomet-Fidelia in Foundling—Zara in M. B.
1786-1787. Calista— * Eloisa in ditto- Beatrice -Harriet in Guardian-Cecilia in Ch. of Acc.Perdita in W. T.-Alicia.
1787-1788. Statira – Panthea in King and no King-Indiana-Julia in Rivals.
1788-1789. Leonora in Revenge-"Amanthis in Child of NatureMiss Richland in Good-natured Man-Lady Charlot in Funeral — * Louisa Courtney in Dramatist - Arabella in More Ways than One.
1789-1790. Lady Anne in Richard 3d-Fanny in Clandestine Marriage--Mrs. Strictland-Pene
lope in Gamesters - Adelaide in Count of Narbonne -*Widow of Malabar-Cleopatra in All for Love.
1790-1791. Rutland-Sylvia in Double Gallant.
1791-1792. As Mrs. Merry--Lady AmaranthSigismunda-Sophia in Road to Ruin.
Mrs. Pitt left the stage at the close of this season -she was a very good actress in her line—the Nurse in Romeo—the Landlady in the Chances —the Hostess in Henry the 5th, &c.—Dorcas in Cymon-and Mrs. Loveit – were among her best characters.
Mrs. Pitt's characters-selection only.
D. L. 1748-1719. As Miss Pitt_Nurse in Relapse-Lady Plyant-Lucy in London MerchantBeatrice in Anatomist.
1749-1750. Dorcas in Mock Doctor-Nurse in Love for Love-Mrs. Peachum.
C. G. 1751-1752. Jacinta in False Friend. 1754-1755. Mrs. Day- Lady Wishfor't.
1755-1756. As Mrs. Pitt - Lappet Flora in Wonder-Mrs. Amlet in Confederacy.
1756-1757. Audrey in As you like it-Leucippe in Humorous Lieutenant-Parly in Constant Couple.
1757-1758. Lucetta in Suspicious Husband Lady Pride in Amorous Widow-Mrs. Prim in Bold Stroke for a Wife -- Lady Wronghead-Hostess in Henry 5th—Mrs. Quickly in Merry Wives— Wishwell in Double Gallant-Kitty Pry in Lying Valet.
1758-1759. Viletta in She wou'd and she wou'd not-Patch in Busy Body.
1759-1760. Aunt in Tender Husband and in Sir Courtly Nice-Lucy in Old Batchelor-Tattleaid in Funeral.
1761-1762. Widow Lackit in Oroonoko-Hostess in Henry 4th part 2d-Abigail in Drummer.
1762-1763. Mrs. Honeycombe-Nurse in Romeo -probably several years sooner.
1763-1764. Lucy in Recruiting Officer-Ruth in Squire of Alsatia.
1764-1765. *Lady Sycamore in Maid of the Mill. 1767-1768. *Mrs. Croaker in Good-natured Man.
1769-1770. Deborah Woodcock-Mrs. Midnight in Twin Rivals-2d Witch in Macbeth-Hostess in Henry 4th part 1st--Nurse in Isabella.
1770-1771. Mrs. Midnight in Country Madcap -Mrs. Loveit in Commissary. 1772-1773. Old Lady in Henry 8th. 1774-1775. Lady Rusport.
1775-1776. *Mrs. Drugget in Three Weeks after Marriage.
1777-1778. Mrs. Hardcastle-Duenna.
1779-1780. Landlady in Chances-Old Woman in Rule a Wife.
1783-1784. Dorcas in Cymon. 1784-1785. "Rodriguez in Barataria.
June 15. Never acted, Poor old Haymarket, or Two Sides of the Gutter. Bannister Jun., Parsons, &c.— with Young Quaker. Pink= Miss Fontenelle: -the Prelude is said to have been a vehicle of com. plaint against the winter managers for encroaching on the summer season-and also a satire on the building of magnificent theatres - it was received with applause, but laid aside after some few nights. ( Oulton.)
18. Battle of Hexham. Queen= Mrs. Whitlocke, 1st app. :she was sister to Mrs. Siddons.
20. Virgin Unmasked. Blister = Edwin Jun. : Miss Lucy=Mrs. Edwin (late Miss Richards) her 1st app. there.
22. Spanish Barber. Lazarillo = Bannister Jun.
30. Never acted, Young Men and Old Women. This F. was taken from the French by Mrs. Inchbald --it was acted 6 times—(Oulton)-not printed.
July 7. Never acted, All in Good Humour. Squire Hairbrain=R. Palmer : Chagrin = Baddeley : Bellamy (a dramatic author)= Williamson : Dorothy= Miss Fontenelle : Sophia (daughter to Chagrin)= Miss Heard : Mrs. Chagrin= Mrs. Powell :-Chagrin insists that Sophia should marry Hairbrain-she is in love with Bellamy-it is agreed that Sophia should put the presents which she had received from Bellamy
into a trunk, and send them to Hairbrain's houseHairbrain, on opening the trunk, finds in it a child which Dorothy had deposited there—this makes him promote the union of Bellamy and Sophia —the child is really Hairbrain's own child by Dorothy-Bellamy concludes the piece with saying that he hopes to find the boxes, pit and galleries All in Good Humour
this trifle in one act was written by Oulton. 9. Agreeable Surprise. Lingo = Bannister Jun., 1st time :-with Citizen. Old Philpot = Wilson : Maria = Mrs. Goodall.
23. Two to One. Capt. Dupely = Palmer, 1st time : Dicky Ditto = Edwin.
25. Never acted, Enchanted Wood. Spirits-Orion = Bensley : Pytheon = Bannister : Transit = Mrs. Bland : Cymbriel = Master Greigson : Sylphina Miss De Camp :-Mortals - Julian= Palmer: Etheldred=R. Palmer : Owen (a clown)= Bannister Jun.: Bridget (his wife) = Mrs. Webb: Una = Mrs. S. Kemble :-acted 6 times—Julian has a bump and is deformed in other respects - Etheldred is very handsome and very vain-each of them is a suitor to Una —she prefers Etheldred-Orion, after having made a trial of the virtue of Julian and Etheldred, causes them to be put into two caldrons—Julian comes out without his hump-Etheldred comes out with the hump and other deformities of Julian-Pytheon attempts to ravish Una-Julian rescues her—the piece concludes with the union of Julian and Una—this legendary Drama in 3 acts is attributed to Frances
X -it is by no means void of merit-particularly in point of language—but much commendation cannot