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Wall. Martin (servant to Stubborn) = Knight: Stubborn = Lovegrove : Jeremy (his gardener) = Oxberry: Capt. Courtney = J. Wallack: Emily (ward to Stubborn) = Mrs. Orger : Fanny (her maid) = Miss Kelly : Mrs. Latchet = Mrs. Sparks :acted 10 times—the scene lies before the adjoining houses of Stubborn and Mrs. Latchet-Stubborn wishes to marry Emily—she and Capt. Courtney are mutually in love-they engage Martin in their interest-he discovers a Hole in the Wall between the two, houses—Jeremy from the garden sees Capt. Courtney make love to Emily at Mrs. Latchets window-he tells his master-Stubborn keeps a careful watch before the doors of the two houses-Emily returns home through the Hole in the Wall, and enters from Stubborn's house-Stubborn is satisfied that Jeremy's information is incorrect-Emily, by the suggestion of Martin, assumes the character of her sister Flirtilla, who is very like her, and who had been left to the care of Mrs. Latchet-Martin tells Stubborn that the person whom Jeremy saw must have been Flirtilla—at the conclusion Emily marries Capt. Courtney—this is a moderate F. by Poole-he says in his preface that he has been taxed with borrowing the foundation of his plot from the Pannel - he was probably not sorry to find people on a wrong scent-whoever has read the Braggard Captain of Plautus can have no doubt from whence the plot of this Farce is taken—see vol. 5 p.
143. Rich and Poor is merely the East Indian turned into an Opera with some alteration—it came out at the English Opera House.
25. False Alarms, with Garrick's Ode, by Pope.
26. Spring's bt. Seeing is Believing. Simon = Bannister : Sir Credule = Dowton: Kitty = Miss Kelly.
July 5 (Last night). School for Scandal.
6. For bt. of the British Prisoners in France. Clandestine Marriage and Hole in the Wall.
Lyceum May 29. For bt. of Eyre, late of D. L. - Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo, by the celebrated Amateur of Fashion : Mercutio = Russell, late of D. L. : Starv'd Apothecary = Knight : Juliet = Miss Bellchambers, of Hay. : Nurse (for that night only) – Mr. Dowton : with Blue Devils. Megrim = Elliston :—and How to die for Love—it has been said that Dowton did not act_but his name was in the bill for the day — Eyre was
was in pecuniary difficulties.
Lyceum–in the course of the season, Wycherley's Gentleman Dancing Master was turned into an Opera called the Waltz, and acted with tolerable success. Paris = Liston : Formal = Lovegrove : Gerrard = Philipps : Hippolita = Miss Kelly: Prue= Mrs. Liston : Mrs. Caution = Mrs. Sparks.
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.
Sheridan's interest in D. L. ceased before the opening of the theatre for this season-Dr. Watkins in his Memoirs of Sheridan observes—“ thus termi. “ nated the theatrical history of Mr. Sheridan, whose “conduct, both as proprietor and manager, neither
sophistry can justify nor charity excuse ; for while “ he always appeared on the alert to profit by the
advantage which he possessed, he never paid the
slightest attention to the economy of the estab“ lishment, nor took any pains to uphold its credit“ his talents were exerted only to exhaust the re“ sources of the theatre for his private purposes”. The actors suffered greatly by Sheridan's extravagance-Miss Pope, tho' an economist, was at one time obliged to sell stock to meet her current expenses, notwithstanding that she had a large sum due to her from the theatre—the other performers no doubt were subjected to similar inconvenienceit seems that all of them were obliged to take 25 per cent. for the arrears of the salary which were due to them.
Moore in his Life of Sheridan says less of him as proprietor and manager of D. L. than he ought to have done-he very improperly extenuates his conduct in pecuniary matters.
Watkins adds—“ whatever were the talents of “ Sheridan for the direction of D. L., he wanted
“ the radical qualification of steadiness and resolu“ tion to conduct it with advantage
when “ new pieces were submitted to his perusal, he “ commonly threw them aside, and on being pressed “ for a decision upon them, the manuscripts were “ either returned unread or could not be found."
For Sheridan's treatment of King, as deputy manager, see D. L. 1788-1789–Kemble, after he had conducted the affairs of the theatre for some few years, found himself much annoyed in his management—he was with great difficulty induced to retain his situation--see Boaden vol. 2 pp. 75-185.
Moore, in his Life of Sheridan says—“. There “ remain among his papers 3 acts of a Drama, with“ out a name-written evidently in haste, and with scarcely any correction
the chief person
. ages upon whom the story turns are a band of “ outlaws, who, under the name and disguise of “ Devils, have taken up their residence in a gloomy “ wood, adjoining a village, the inhabitants of which “ they keep in perpetual alarm by their incursions “ and apparitions—in the same wood resides a her“ mit, secretly connected with this band, who keeps “ secluded within his cave the beautiful Reginilla, “ hid alike from the light of the sun and the eyes of “men—she has, however, been indulged in her prison “ with a glimpse of a handsome young huntsman, “ whom she believes to be a phantom, and is encou“raged in her belief by the hermit, by whose con“ trivance this huntsman (a prince in disguise) has “ been thus presented to her in the 3d act “ there is a scene in which the devils bring the pri“ soners whom they have captured to trial
“ this Drama does not appear to have been ever “ finished—with respect to the winding up of the
story, the hermit, we may conclude, would have “ turned out to be the counsellor whom the Duke “ had banished, and the devils, his followers ; while “ the young huntsman would most probably have “ proved to be the rightful heir of the dukedom.”
Moore considered the subject of this Drama as wild and unmanageable-he had no suspicion that Sheridan had borrowed many of the leading circumstances of his Drama from Suckling-in the Goblins, Tamoren and his friends, having been defeated in a battle, retreat to the woods, turn thieves and disguise themselves as Devils--their custom is to blindfold the persons who fall into their hands, and extort confessions from them-Orsobrin falls in love with Reginella, who seems to have been brought up under ground-at the conclusion, he turns out to be the Prince's brother—Tamoren and his friends are pardoned-in Sheridan's Drama the rightful heir to the crown had been shipwrecked-in the Goblins, Orsobrin says in the 1st scene—“a storm at sea threw “ me on land” —Moore gives us the whole of a love scene between the Huntsman and Reginilla
Hunts. But, may I ask how such sweet excellence as thine could be hid in such a place ?
Reg. Alas, I know not-for such as thou I never saw before, nor any like myself.
Hunts. Nor like thee ever shall but would'st thou leave this place, and live with such as I am ?
Reg. Why may not you live here with such as I ?
Hunts. Yes—but I would carry thee where all above an azure canopy extends, at night bedropt