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English Stage from the Restoration
IN 1660 TO 1830.
C. G. 1805-1806, IN CONTINUATION.
Feb. 20. Distressed Mother. Orestes = Master Betty: Pyrrhus = C. Kemble : Hermione = Miss Smith, 1st time : Andromache = Mrs. Litchfield.
22. Not acted 9 years, Merope. Dorilas = Master Betty: Polyphontes = Pope: Narbas = Murray : Merope = Mrs. Litchfield : Ismene=Miss Brunton.
24. Richard 3d. Queen = Mrs. Litchfield, 1st time.
March 8. Never acted, a Hint to Husbands. Lord Transit=C. Kemble: Sir Charles Le Brun= H. Johnston: George Trevor (nephew to Fairford) = Brunton : Fairford (father to Lady Transit) ) = Fawcett : Heartright (formerly tutor to Lord Transit)=Pope : Dogherty (an old servant in Lord Transit's family)= Blanchard : Codicil=Emery : Pliant
= Farley : Lady Transit = Miss Smith : Lady Le Brun= Mrs. Glover : Ruth = Mrs. Emery :—acted 6 times-Lord Transit had married a young woman of a rank considerably inferiour to his own, and without any fortune—the novelty of her charms being over, he is tired of her, and sends her back to her father's house-Lord Transit has a design on Lady Le Brun—Sir Charles has a design on Lady Transit -- the ladies give them no encouragement-Lady Transit has no fault, but she has not the pleasantry of Lady Le Brun-Lady Le Brun has an itch for gaming, but on the whole she is a good sort of woman-Fairford comes into a large fortune by the death of a friend-he wants to get his daughter legally separated from her husband-Lady Le Brun wishes to reconcile them for this purpose she invites Lord Transit to her house-Lady Transit comes there also—she expects to meet her husband—Sir Charles enters, and renews his addresses —she faints, and Sir Charles supports her—at this moment Lord Transit enters-he gives Sir Charles a challenge - Lady Le Brun and the other cha- . racters interfere — Sir Charles acknowledges him- . self to blame, and solemnly exculpates Lady Transit - Lord and Lady Transit are reconciled—this C. is better calculated for perusal than for representation-it is more likely to please on a second perusal than on the first-Cumberland has written the dialogue in blank verse, and very neatly—but the plot is simple in the extreme, and there is scarcely any incident till the last scene.
22. Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave, revived. Oroonoko =Betty, 1st time : Aboan=C. Kemble : Bland
ford=Brunton : Capt. Driver = Emery: Imoinda = Miss Smith : Widow = Mrs. Emery :— this seems to have been Dr. Hawkesworth's alteration-acted twice.
24. Mountaineers. Octavian = Kemble : Sadi = Blanchard : Bulcazin Muley = Murray : Virolet = Brunton: Kilmallock = Waddy: Lope Tocho = Emery : Zorayda = Lady, 1st app. : Floranthe = Miss Searle : Agnes = Miss Tyrer.
27. Wheel of Fortune. Tempest = Liston, 1st time: Emily Tempest = Miss Brunton. 29. For bt. of Lewis.
Not acted 12 years, Chances. Don John = Lewis : Don Frederick = Brunton : Antonio=Emery : 1st Constantia = Miss Brunton : 2d Constantia = Mrs. Glover : Mother in Law=Mrs. Mattocks : Landlady = Mrs. Davenport : -Chances was acted 3 times.
April 8. Master Betty acted Richard 3d.
9. Hamlet = Master Betty : Polonius = Liston :Master Betty was taken ill, and the play was changed to the Chances.
10. Never acted, White Plume, or the Border Chieftains. Scots -Earl Glenfillan (Warden of the Scotch Border) = Murray: Kilspindie (one of his household) = Fawcett : Allan (a soldier)=Blanchard : Flora (Glenfillan's daughter) = Miss Davies : -Danes — Sir Guthred (related to Glenfillan) = H. Johnston : Randal (an old minstrel) = Taylor : English-Sir Alfred (Warden of the English Border) = Munden : Edward (his son)= Incledon : Arthur (steward to Sir Alfred) = Liston : Nicholas (his man)= Simmons : Ellen (daughter to Sir Alfred) = Miss Serle : Martha (her attendant) = Miss Tyrer :
Rose (an old housekeeper) = Mrs. Emery:- this musical Romantick Drama, in 3 acts, was written by T. Dibdin- it was acted 5 times—and then cut down to 2 acts--songs only printed.
14. Pizarro = Pope, 1st time : Elvira = Mrs. Siddons.
19. Stranger. Baron Steinfort = H. Johnston. 21. Gamester. Lewson = Brunton.
23. Henry 8th, revived. King=Pope : Wolsey = Kemble: Buckingham=H. Johnston: Cromwell = Brunton : Cranmer=Murray: Gardiner = Blanchard : Lord Sands = Simmons : Campeius = Hull : Queen Katharine = Mrs. Siddons : Anne Bullen= Miss Brunton : Lady Denny = Mrs. Davenport :Henry 8th, as revised by Kemble, was printed in 1804—the cast differed from the bill for this evening -King=Cooke : Buckingham = Brunton : Cromwell = C. Kemble : Gardiner = Munden :-some circumstances seem to have happened to prevent this play, and All's well that ends well, from being acted according to Kemble's original cast.
Wordsworth in 1810 published Cavendish's Life of Wolsey from two manuscripts in the Lambeth library -it had never been printed entire before—it is a very interesting work, as Cavendish was Gentleman Usher to Wolsey, and continued with him to the last-it was first printed in 1641, but no publication was ever more unfaithful to the manuscript, from which it professed to be taken—There is a striking similarity between many of Shakspeare's speeches and Cavendish's narrative-Wordsworth says, that Stowe in his Annals had inserted large extracts from Cavendish's Manuscript.