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Event Comment: Benefit for Barry. Mainpiece: By Particular Desire, perform'd but once. Part of Pit laid into Boxes. Tickets deliver'd for The Grecian Daughter will be admitted. Send servants by 4 O'clock. Come early to avoid confusion


Mainpiece Title: Edward And Eleonora

Performance Comment: As17750318 but Selim-Barry, first time.
Role: Selim Actor: Barry, first time.
Role: Eleonora Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Citizen

Dance: End of Tragedy: Rural Merriment, as17741209

Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. King Arthur oblig'd to be deferr'd on account of Mr Barry's illness. Tickets deliver'd for The Distressed Mother will be taken. Pit and Boxes are laid together. Send servants by Four o'clock. Afterpiece: Not acted these seven years. [See 21 April 1760.] The Farce hiss'd. Mrs Barry Sir Harry (Hopkins Diary). Paid Salary list #333 19s.; Mrs Abington's Cloaths Acct, #1; Mr S. French 6 days, #1 10s. (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #296 14s. Charges: #65. Profit to Mrs Barry: #231 14s. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: The Constant Couple

Performance Comment: Sir Harry Wildair-Mrs Barry (being positively the last time of her appearing in that character); Col. Standard-Aickin; Beau Clincher-King; Smuggler-Parsons; Clincher Jr-Weston; Vizard-Packer; Dicky-Waldron; Tom Errand-Ackman; Angelica-Miss Rogers; Lady Darling-Mrs Cross; Parley-Mrs Love; Lady Lurewell-Mrs Egerton; 1st time. New Epilogue in character of Sir Harry Wildair spoken-Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: The Upholsterer

Music: II: The Amusements of Strasburgh-Daigville, Sga Vidini, Daigvilles scholars, as17711118

Event Comment: This Farce was wrote on purpose to Shew Mrs Barry in an Irish part. She did not succeed so well in it as was expected but upon the Whole the Farce was well perform'd & met with great Applause (Hopkins Diary). [Macmillan note from Kemble differs slightly. See Account of the Irish Widow" in British Theatre article, London Magazine, Oct. 1772.] Paid Mr Rochfort for men's cloaths #7 7s. (Treasurer's Book). [The account in Town and Country Magazine of the afterpiece: "Upon the whole it is very indifferent production and as it did not meet with the applause that was expected, no one has adopted the bantling. The many are of opinion that Garrick had a hand in it, as it is got up to the best advantage, and a new dance is introduc'd between the acts to put the audience in a good humour for the succeeding scenes. Mrs Sutton is the principal dancer in the Irish Fair, in which she displayed great spirit and activity. The piece concludes with a song sung by Mrs Barry, which we think injudiciously alloted to her, as her forte does not consist in singing."] Receipts: #200 9s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: The Gamester

Afterpiece Title: The Irish Widow

Performance Comment: Parts by Moody, Dodd, Baddeley, Parsons, Cautherly, Weston, Wrighten, Griffith, Mas. Cape; Irish Widow with an Epilogue Song-Mrs Barry; Sir Patrick O'Neale-Moody; Whittle-Parsons; Kecksy-Dodd; Nephew-Cautherly; Bates-Baddeley; Thomas-Weston; Footmen-Griffith, Wrighten; Black boy-Mas. Cape; Widow Brady-Mrs Barry (Genest, V, 340).

Dance: End Act I of the Farce: A New Dance call'd The Irish Fair-Atkins, Mrs Sutton, being her first appearance that stage

Event Comment: This Tragedy written by Mr Hume was receiv'd with very great Applause Indeed Mrs Barry Seem'd inspir'd She never Appeard to moor Advantage uncommon Applause (Hopkins Diary). New Scenes, Dresses, and Decorations. Paid 4 Day's salary list #348 5s.; Tallow chandler's 6th bill #44 14s. Mr Reddish's draft #10 10s.; Mr Racket for Women's cloaths #12; Mr Dibdin Draft #70 (Treasurer's Book). [Westminster Magazine for March gives a long, and unfavorable review of the new tragedy, concluding Home's genius lies not in the tragic way.] Receipts: #237 11s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: Alonzo

Performance Comment: Parts by: Reddish, Aickin, Palmer, Clinch, Jefferson, J. Aickin, Wright, J. Bannister, Miss Mansell, Mrs Barry. Prologue-Palmer; Epilogue-Mrs Barry; Alonzo-Reddish; Alberto-Clinch; King of Asturia-Aickin; Costolo-J. Aickin; Velasco-Jefferson; Sebastian-Palmer; Messenger-J. Bannister; Orisminda-Mrs Barry; Teresa-Miss Mansell; Hamet-Wright (Genest, V, 351-52).
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Orisminda Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Anatomist

Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the premiere is not known. Pepys saw it on 6 March 1679@80, calling it a "New Play," and that may have been the first day. The Prologue alludes also to the Duke of York's triumphant return from Scotland on 24 Feb. 1679@80, and the play was entered in the Term Catalogues, May 1680. For Mrs Bracegirdle as the "little Girl," see Edmund Curll, History of the English Stage (1741), p. 26, and Lucyle Hook, Anne Bracegirdle's First Appearance, Theatre Notebook, XIII (1959), 134. For Betterton as Castalio and Mrs Barry as Monimia, probably as they performed in the next decade, see Cibber, Apology, ed. Lowe, I, 116, 160. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 37) gives the same cast except for omissions and except for Serina-Barry">Mrs Mountfort, who acted it later. Downes (pp. 37-38) adds: [Monimia, Belvidera in Venice Preserved, and Isabella in The Fatal Marriage] These three Parts, gain'd her the Name of Famous $Mrs Barry, both at court and City; for when ever She Acted any of these three Parts, she forc'd Tears from the Eyes of her Auditory, especially those who have any Sense of Pity for the Distress't. These 3 Plays, by their Excellent Performances, took above all the Modern Plays that succeeded. A song for this play, Come all the youths whose hearts have bled, the music by Forcer, is in Choice Ayres and Songs, The Third Book, 1681


Mainpiece Title: The Orphan; Or, The Unhappy Marriage

Performance Comment: Edition of 1680: Acasto-Gillow; Castalio-Batterton; Polydore-Jo. Williams; Chamont-Smith; Ernesto-Norris; Paulino-Wiltshire; Cordelio-the little Girl [Anne Bracegirdle]; Chaplain-Percivall; Monimia-Mrs Barry; Serina-Mrs Boteler; Florella-Mrs Osborn; Prologue-; Epilogue-.
Role: Monimia Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: The United Company. The date of the first performance is not certain, but it lies between Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 April. Luttrell, A Brief Relation (II, 413) stated on 9 April that the Queen had prohibited its being acted; on 16 April (II, 422) he reports that it has been acted. Luttrell, A Brief Relation, II, 422, 16 April: Mr Dryden s play has been acted with applause, the reflecting passages upon this government being left out. The Gentleman's Journal, May 1692 (licensed 14 May): I told you in my last, that none could then tell when Mr Dryden's Cleomenes would appear; since that time, the Innocence and Merit of the Play have rais'd it several eminent Advocates, who have prevailed to have it Acted, and you need not doubt but it has been with great applause. Preface, Edition of 1692: Mrs Barry, always Excellent, has, in this tragedy, excell'd Herself, and gain'd a Reputation beyond any Woman whom I have ever seen on the Theatre. [See also Cibber, Apology, I, 160, for a discussion of Mrs Barry in Cleomenes.] A song, No, no, poor suffering heart no change endeavour, the music by Henry Purcell, is in Comes Amoris, The Fourth Book, 1693, and also, with the notice that it was sung by Mrs Butler, in Joyful Cuckoldom, ca. 1695. See also Purcell's Works, Purcell Society, XVI (1906), xviii-xix; Epistolary Essay to Mr Dryden upon his Cleomenes, in Gentleman's Journal, May 1692, pp. 17-21. When the play was revived at Drury Lane, 8 Aug. 1721, the bill bore the heading: Not Acted these Twenty-Five Years


Mainpiece Title: Cleomenes, The Spartan Heroe

Performance Comment: Edition of 1692: Prologue-Mr Mountfort; Cleomenes-Betterton; Cleonidas-Lee; Ptolomy-Alexander [Verbruggen]; Sosybius-Sandford; Cleanthes-Mountford; Pantheus-Kynaston; Coenus-Hudson; Cratisiclea-Mrs Betterton; Cleora-Mrs Bracegirdle; Cassandra-Mrs Barry; Epilogue-Mrs Bracegirdle.
Role: Cassandra Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first performance is not certain, but the evidence points to this day as a strong Possibility. Downes, Roscius Anglicanus (p. 44) states that it was given thirteen days consecutively, and John Coke (see 16 March 1696@7) states that it was acted "till Saturday" (16 March 1696@7). If the tragedy was acted on Wednesdays but not Fridays, as was often the practice in Lent, and if the farce alluded to for Saturday, 16 March 1696@7, comprised the entire program, this day was probably the premiere. The following sequence of performances is based on these premises. Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, p. 44: The Mourning Bride...had such Success, that it continu'd Acting Uninterrupted 13 Days together. Gildon, English Dramatick Poets, p. 23: This Play had the greatest Success, not only of all Mr Congreve's, but indeed of all the Plays that ever I can remember on the English Stage, excepting some of the incomparable Otway's. Aston, A Brief Supplement (in Cibber, Apology, II, 302): His [Betterton's] Favourite, Mrs Barry, claims the next in Estimation. They were both never better pleas'd, than in Playing together.--Mrs Barry outshin'd Mrs Bracegirdle in the Character of Zara in the Mourning Bride, altho' Mr Congreve design'd Almeria for that Favour


Mainpiece Title: The Mourning Bride

Performance Comment: Edition of 1697: Prologue-Mr Betterton; Epilogue-Mrs Bracegirdle; Manuel-Verbruggen; Gonsalez-Sanford; Garcia-Scudamour; Perez-Freeman; Alonzo-Arnold; Osmyn-Betterton; Heli-Boman; Selim-Baily; Almeria-Mrs Bracegirdle; Zara-Mrs Barry; Leonora-Mrs Boman.
Role: Zara Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. Mrs Barry hopes that those Ladies and Gentlemen who have taken places will be so good as to excuse the Alteration of the Play; as she has given the earliest notice in her power. N.B. Tickets deliver'd for the Countess of Salisbury will be taken


Mainpiece Title: As You Like It

Afterpiece Title: The Absent Man

Performance Comment: As17680404 but Mrs Frolick-Mrs Jeffries; Prologue-Mrs Barry.

Dance: I: The Wake, as17680220

Event Comment: Mrs Barry--Imogen (first time) not so well as was expected (Hopkins Diary). Mrs Barry, Imogen (Cross Diary)


Mainpiece Title: Cymbeline

Performance Comment: As17700922, but Belarius-J. Aickin; Imogen-Mrs Barry, first time; dancing-Sga Daigville, Sga _Giorgi.
Role: Imogen Actor: Mrs Barry, first time

Afterpiece Title: The Elopement

Dance: III: Comic Dance, as17701025

Event Comment: Mr Barry being Ill Mr Palmer pay'd Bajazet-So-So (+Hopkins Diary). Barry suddenly taken ill, Palmer hopes for the indulgence of the public as he has undertaken Bajazet at short warning (Winston MS 10). Paid Mr Evans one year wardrobe acct, #10 10s.; Chorus 2 nights (this incl.) #4 16s. (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #175 19s. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: Tamerlane

Performance Comment: Tamerlane-Aickin; Bajazet-Palmer, first time; Moneses-Reddish; Axalla-Packer; Dervise-Bransby; Omar-Hurst; Prince of Tanais-Ackman; Stratocles-J. Aickin; Haly-Wheeler; Arpasia-Mrs Barry; Selima-Miss Mansell; Usual Prologue-Reddish; In Act IV, the Original song of To Thee O Gentle Sleep!-Mrs Scott.
Role: Arpasia Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Witches

Event Comment: Mr Aickin, Evander well receiv'd (Hopkins Diary). Benefit for Mrs Barry. Pit and Boxes laid together. Send servants by 4 o'clock. Othello and Irish Widow deferr'd, for Barry's Illness. Paid salary list (4 days) #348 5s.; Mr Lutherberg on Acct, #80; Mr J. French's Draft on the managers, #50 (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #281 18s. 6d. Charges: #65 19s. Profits to Mrs Barry: #215 19s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: The Grecian Daughter

Performance Comment: As17721126, but Evander-Aickin, first time; Melanthon-Packer; Herold-Wright; With a New Occasional Epilogue-Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: A Peep behind the Curtain

Dance: V: Comic Dance, as17720922

Event Comment: Mainpiece: Not acted in 7 years. [See 20 Feb. 1767.] Mr Barry being ill Mr Palmer play'd the Bastard--with applause $Mrs Barry not so well in Constance as was expected (Hopkins Diary). Paid properties #2 8d. Receipts: #162 18s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: King John

Performance Comment: King John-Reddish; Hubert-Aickin; Pembroke-Brereton; Essex-J. Bannister; Prince Henry-Everard; Faulconbridge-W. Palmer; Bastard-Palmer; King Philip-J. Aickin; Dauphin-Diamond; Prince Arthur-Master Blanchard; Chatillon-Davies; Duke of Austria-Keen; Citizen-Hurst; Heralds-Ackman, Wright; Queen Eleanor-Miss Sherry; Blanch of Spain-Miss Jarratt; Lady Faulconbridge-Mrs Johnston; Constance-Mrs Barry; Pandulph-Bransby; Salisbury-Packer.
Role: Constance Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Male Coquette

Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. Mainpiece: Not acted these 6 years. Part of the Pit will be laid into the Boxes. Servants are desired to be sent by Four o'clock, and those Ladies and Gentlemen who have Places in the Pit, are respectfully intreated to come early, to avoid inconveniency in getting to their Seats. Public Advertiser, 25 Feb.: Tickets to be had of Mrs Barry at No. 10, on the Terrace, New Palace-Yard, Westminster. Receipts: #271 15s. 6d. (143.15.6; tickets: 128.0.0) (charge: #67)


Mainpiece Title: Twelfth Night

Performance Comment: Duke-Lewis; Sebastian-Wroughton; Sir Toby Belch-Dunstall; Fabian-Whitefield; Sea Captain-Booth; Malvolio-Wilson; Clown-Lee Lewes; Sir Andrew Ague Cheek-Quick; Olivia-Mrs Hartley; Maria-Mrs Wilson; Viola-Mrs Barry (Their 1st appearance in those characters).
Role: Viola Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Two Misers

Dance: As17770125

Song: I: song-Mrs Farrell

Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. Mainpiece [1st time; T 5, as altered by Thomas Hull]. Translated from [Iphigenie en aulide, by] Racine by Boyer. Part of the Pit will be laid into the Boxes. Ladies are desired to send their Servants by Four o'Clock. Public Advertiser, 18 Mar.: Tickets to be had of Mrs Barry, No. 26, Henrietta-street, Covent Garden. Receipts: #273 19s. 6d. (157.18.6; tickets: 116.1.0) (charge: #70 17s. 6d.)


Mainpiece Title: Iphigenia; Or, The Victim

Performance Comment: Achilles-Lewis; Ulysses-Fearon; Calchas-L'Estrange; Arcas-Robson; Eurybates-Thompson; Agamemnon-Hull; Eriphile-Mrs Mattocks; Clytemnestra-Mrs Jackson; Doris-Miss Leeson; Aegina-Mrs Whitfield; Iphigenia-Mrs Barry.
Role: Iphigenia Actor: Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: Poor Vulcan

Dance: As17771222

Song: V: will be introduced a Sacrifice-;, with new Music by Fisher-; the vocal parts and chorus-Miss Brown, others

Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This performance is known by the separately printed Prologue and Epilogue: Prologue. By Mr Otway to his Play call'd Venice preserv'd or the Plot discover'd. Acted at His Royal Highness the Duke of Yorks Theatre, the 9th of February, 1681. [These have been reprinted in Wiley, Rare Prologues and Epilogues, pp. 61-66.] Luttrell dated his copy of the Prologue and Epilogue 11 Feb. 1681@2 (Huntington Library). It is not certain that 9 Feb. 1681@2 represents the first performance, but it may well be. For a comment by Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, on Mrs Barry, see The Orphan, February 1679@80


Mainpiece Title: Venice Preserv'd; Or, A Plot Discover'd

Performance Comment: Edition of 1682: Prologue-Mr Smith; Epilogue-Mr Betterton; Duke of Venice-D. Williams; Priuli-Boman; Antonio-Leigh; Jaffeir-Betterton; Pierre-Smith; Renault-Wilshire; Bedamar-Gillo; Spinosa-Percival; Belvidera-Mrs Barry; Aquilina-Mrs Currer.
Role: Belvidera Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of this performance, which coincides with the opening of the playhouse in Lincoln's Inn Fields by Betterton's Company, is established by Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 43-44: [Betterton, Mrs Bracegirdle, Mrs Barry, and others] set up a new Company, calling it the New Theatre in Lincolns-Inn-Fields; and the House being fitted up from a Tennis-Court, they Open'd it the last Day of April 1695, with a new Comedy: Call'd, Love for Love....This Comedy being Extraordinary well Acted, chiefly the Part of Ben the Sailor, it took 13 Days Successively. Three songs in the play were published separately: I tell thee, Charmion, the music by Finger, sung by Pate and Reading, is in Thesaurus Musicus, 1696, The Fifth Book. A Nymph and a Swain, the music by John Eccles and sung by Pate; and A Soldier and a Saylour, the music by John Eccles, and sung by Dogget, are in Thesaurus Musicus, The Fourth Book, 1695. Cibber, Apology, I, 196-97: After we had stolen some few Days March upon them, the Forces of Betterton came up with us in terrible Order: In about three Weeks following, the new Theatre was open'd against us with veteran Company and a new Train of Artillery; or in plainer English, the old Actors in Lincoln's-Inn-Fields began with a new Comedy of Mr Congreve's, call'd Love for Love, which ran on with such extraordinary Success that they had seldom occasion to act any other Play 'till the End of the Season. This valuable Play had a narrow Escape from falling into the Hands of the Patentees; for before the Division of the Company it had been read and accepted of at the Theatre-Royal: But while the Articles of Agreement for it were preparing, the Rupture in the Theatrical State was so far advanced that the Author took time to pause before he sign'd them; when finding that all Hopes of Accomodation were impracticable, he thought it advisable to let it takes its Fortune with those Actors for whom he had first intended the Parts. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), p. 10: Ramble: You know the New-house opened with an extraordinary good Comedy, the like has scarce been heard of. Critick: I allow that Play contributed not a little to their Reputation and Profit; it was the Work of a popular Author; but that was not all, the Town was ingag'd in its favour, and in favour of the Actors long before the Play was Acted. Sullen: I've heard as much; and I don't grudge 'em that happy beginning, to compensate some part of their Expence and Toil: But the assistance they receiv'd from some Noble Persons did 'em eminent Credit; and their appearance in the Boxes, gave the House as much Advantage as their Contributions. Ramble: Faith if their Boxes had not been well crowded, their Galleries wou'd ha' fallen down on their Heads. Sullen: The good Humour those Noble Patrons were in, gave that Comedy such infinite Applause; and what the Quality approve, the lower sort take upon trust. Gildon, The Lives and Characters (ca. 1698), p. 22: This Play, tho' a very good Comedy in it self, had this Advantage, that it was Acted at the Opening of the New House, when the Town was so prepossess'd in Favour of the very Actors, that before a Word was spoke, each Actor was clapt for a considerable Time. And yet all this got it not more Applause than it really deserv'd. An Essay on Acting (London, 1744), p. 10: The late celebrated Mr Dogget, before he perform'd the Character of Ben in Love for Love, took Lodgings in Wapping, and gather'd thence a Nosegay for the whole Town


Mainpiece Title: Love For Love

Performance Comment: Edition of 1695: A Prologue for the opening of the New Play-House-Mrs Bracegirdle in Man's Cloaths; Sent from an unknown Hand; Prologue Spoken at the opening of the New House-Mr Betterton; Epilogue Spoken at the opening of the New House-Mrs Bracegirdle; Sir Sampson Legend-Underhill; Valentine-Betterton; Scandal-Smith; Tattle-Boman; Ben-Dogget; Foresight-Sanford; Jeremy-Bowen; Trapland-Triffusis; Buckram-Freeman; Angelica-Mrs Bracegirdle; Mrs Foresight-Mrs Bowman; Mrs Frail-Mrs Barry; Miss Prue-Mrs Ayliff; Nurse-Mrs Leigh; Jenny-Mrs Lawson.
Role: Mrs Frail Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first performance is not known, but the fact that the Dedication of the play is dated 15 Jan. 1696@7 suggests that it was probably first acted not later than December 1696. The play was advertised in the Post Man, 21-23 Jan. 1696@7. The music was set by John Eccles. Dedication, Edition of 1697: I make you a Present of a Play, that miscarri'd on the first Nights Performance; tho' afterwards, without any farther Discouragement, it kept it self alive till the third day was over, and then I must confess the City Lady expir'd....This I am confident on, that the like Unfortunate Accidents which attended this Comedy, wou'd have been sufficient to have Dam'd a much better Play. The tedious waiting to have the Curtain drawn, after the Prologue was spoke, occasion'd by Mr Underhill's violent Bleeding, put the Audience out of Humour, and made it susceptible of the least Disgust; and when once the Torrent of its Displeasure break bounds, nothing cou'd put a stop to his Vehemence. After Mr Underhill was no longer able to come upon the Stage, scarce any thing was done but by Halves, and in much Confusion; in the midst of which, I think my self oblig'd to applaud the Justice I receiv'd from the Incomparable Mrs Barry. I very well know that the Ode in the third Act seems to be introduc'd something unseasonably. It was made and set long since, in hopes of having it perform'd before the King, at his return from Flanders; and the Music being so finely compos'd by Mr John Eccles, I was loath it shou'd be wholly lost to the Town. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), p. 20: Damn'd


Mainpiece Title: The City Lady; Or, Folly Reclaim'd

Performance Comment: Edition of 1697: Prologue-Mr Hodgson; Epilogue-Miss Howard; Sir Geo. Grumble-Bright; Bevis-Underhill; Bellardin-Bowman; Lovebright-Hodgson; Pedanty-Harris; Burgersditius-Freeman; Brassby-Scudamore; Flash-Baily; Cash-Arnold; Jasper-Bowen; Lady Grumble-Mrs Barry; Lucinda-Mrs Bowman; Formosa-Mrs Prince; Secreta-Mrs Leigh; Fidget-Mrs Lawson; Biddy-Mrs Robinson.
Role: Lady Grumble Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first production is not known, but the Songs were advertised in the Flying Post, 6-8 Dec. 1698, and the play in the London Gazette, 19-22 Dec. 1698; hence, the premiere was certainly not later than early December and was probably not later than November. In fact, on 5 Dec. 1698 Dr. William Aglionby wrote Matthew Prior, referring to Dennis, "a poor poet who has made us a fine entertainment of Rinaldo and Armida" (quoted in The Works of John Dennis, II, 489). In a dialogue written by John Oldmixon (Reflections on the Stage [London, 1699], p. 101) Savage, referring to Rinaldo and Armida, states: I have seen it 3 or 4 times already, but the Musick is so fine, and the Play pleases me so well, that I shall not think it a burthen [to see it again] (in The Works of John Dennis, I, 479). The Musical Entertainments in the Tragedy of Rinaldo and Armida (1699) is reprinted, with an introduction by Herbert Davis, in Theatre Miscellany (Luttrell Society Reprints, No 14, Oxford, 1953), pp. 103-15. One song, Ah queen, ah wretched queen, give o'er, sung by Gouge, is in Mercurius Musicus, 1699; and another, Jolly breeze that comes whistling, sung by Gouge, is in Twelve New Songs, 1699. A Comparison between the Two Stages (1702), p. 22: Critick: At last, (as you say) the old Stagers moulded a piece of Pastry work of their own, and made a kind of Lenten Feast with their Rinaldo and Armida; this surpriz'd not only Drury-lane, but indeed all the Town, no body ever dreaming of an Opera there; 'tis true they had heard of Homer's Illiads in a Nut-shel, and Jack in a Box, and what not?...Sullen: Well, with this Vagary they tug'd a while, and The Jolly-Jolly breeze-came whistling thro'-all the Town, and not a Fop but ran to see the Celebrated Virgin in a Machine; there she shin'd in a full Zodiack, the brightest Constellation there; 'twas a pleasant Reflection all this time to see her scituated among the Bulls, Capricorns, Sagittaries, and yet the Virgo still remain itacta....Critick: But this merry Time lasted not always; every thing has an end, and at length down goes Rinaldo's inchanted Mountain; it sunk as a Mole-hill seen on't: What a severity was this? that the Labour of such a gigantick Poet, nay Critick, shou'd give up the Ghost so soon: The renown'd Author thought himself immortal in that Work, and that the World was to last no longer than his Rinaldo; and tho' he stole every thing from the Italian, yet he said, what the Italian did was but Grub-street to his. See also 5 Jan. 1698@9 for a letter written by Mrs Barry, in part concerning Rinaldo and Armida


Mainpiece Title: Rinaldo And Armida

Performance Comment: Edition of 1699: Prologue-; Rinaldo-Betterton; Ubaldo-Thurman; Carlo-Scudamore; Armida-Mrs Barry; Urania-Mrs Boman; Phenissa-Mrs Lee; Epilogue-; The Musical Entertainment ...All Compos'd by Mr John Eccles, and Writ by Mr Dennis-.
Role: Armida Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: [By John Dennis. Premiere.] Preface: [The last scene was omitted] on the account of Length....The Play indeed receiv'd all the Grace and Ornament of Action in most of the principal Parts, and in all the Womens. But that of Sakia by Mrs Barry was acted so admirably and inimitably, as that no Stage in Europe can boast of any thing that comes near to her Performance


Mainpiece Title: Liberty Asserted

Performance Comment: Edition of 1704 lists: Frontenac-Bowman; Miramont-Betterton; Beaufort-Powell; Ulamar-Booth; Zephario-Freeman; Sakia-Mrs Barry; Irene-Mrs Bracegirdle; Okima-Mrs Porter; Prologue-Betterton; Epilogue-.
Role: Sakia Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Benefit Mrs Barry. At the Desire of several Persons of Quality


Mainpiece Title: Sophonisba

Performance Comment: Sophonisba-Mrs Barry.
Role: Sophonisba Actor: Mrs Barry.


Dance: To be expressed in the Bills

Event Comment: Benefit Mrs Barry


Mainpiece Title: Don Sebastian, King Of Portugal

Performance Comment: Don Sebastian-Verbruggen; Dorax-Betterton; Almeyda-Mrs Barry.
Role: Almeyda Actor: Mrs Barry.
Event Comment: Benefit Mrs Barry. Not Acted there these 13 Years


Mainpiece Title: Aurengzebe; Or, The Great Mogul

Performance Comment: Emperor-Betterton; Aurengzebe-Powell; Morat-Booth; Nourmahal-Mrs Barry; Indamora-Mrs Rogers; Melesinda-Mrs Porter.
Role: Nourmahal Actor: Mrs Barry
Event Comment: Benefit for Yates. House Charges #65 5s. [Profit to Yates #118 16s. 6d.] Not performed for 20 years. Revived with alterations. Paid B. Johnson's Head Bill #2 5s. 6d. Paid #2 2s. for licensing Dido (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #184 6d. (Treasurer's Book). About 5 went into the Pit at Drury Lane to see the False Friend reviv'd with alterations, for the benefit of Yates. It engages the attention, but was very well performed. Don John by Holland; Don Pedro by Powell; Lopez by Mr Yates, the drinking Servant by Baddeley; Leonora by Mrs Barry (whom I never saw before); Isabella by Miss Plym and Jacintha by Mrs Yates. I think an Abigail an odd character for her, but no doubt she was willing to play anything for her husband's benefit. After the dance of the Vintage, Mr Yates spoke by way of Interlude a new piece on his being in France called the "Modern Traveller," containing some strokes on the affectation of French Fashions, &c. We had the Farce of High Life Below Stairs with minuet by Mrs Yates and a French Valet, which I do not remenber to have seen when I saw this Farce (before) (Neville MS Diary)


Mainpiece Title: The False Friend

Performance Comment: Parts-Holland, Powell, Yates, Bransby, Packer, Baddeley, Mrs Yates, Miss Plym, Mrs W. Barry. [See Neville's comments below.]See Neville's comments below.]

Afterpiece Title: High Life below Stairs

Dance: Pantomime Dance, The Vintage, as17661011

Entertainment: V: a New Interlude, The Modern Traveller-Mr Yates

Event Comment: KKing of Denmark--Macbeth, Mr Garrick (Cross Diary). For the King of Denmark--put in by Particular desire (Hopkins Diary). Lady Macbeth-Mrs Barry, late Mrs Dancer. The doors (by Particular Desire) will be opened at half past 5 o'clock. The Play to begin exactly at 7 o'clock


Mainpiece Title: Macbeth

Performance Comment: Macbeth-Garrick; MacDuff-Reddish; Ross-Aickin; Malcolm-Cautherly; Banquo-Packer; Hecate-Champness; Witches-Burton, Love, Baddeley; Lady MacDuff-Mrs Reddish; Lady Macbeth-Mrs Barry; Duncan-Bransby; Vocal Parts-Vernon, Champness, Dibdin, Bannister, Kear, Miss Young, Mrs Dorman; With Proper Dances-Grimaldi, Giorgi, Mrs King.
Role: Lady Macbeth Actor: Mrs Barry

Dance: TThe Lilliputian Camp-

Event Comment: MMrs W. Barry very bad in Almeria-imagine she was in Liquor (Hopkins Diary)


Mainpiece Title: The Mourning Bride

Performance Comment: Osmyn-Holland; Gonzales-Havard; King-J. Aickin; Perez-Keen; Alonzo-Ackman; Heli-Hurst; Garcia-Aickin; Selim-Strange; Lenora-Mrs Johnston; Almeria-Mrs W. Barry; Zara-Mrs Hopkins.
Role: Almeria Actor: Mrs W. Barry

Afterpiece Title: Harlequin's Invasion