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Event Comment: The date of the first performance is not certainly known, but Pepys, on 2 July, saw Part II, stating that 2 July was the premiere of Part I and the opening of the Duke's Company's new theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 20-21): His [Davenant's] Company Rehears'd the First and Second Part of the Siege of Pothecaries-Hall: And in Spring 1662 [1661], Open'd his House with the said Plays, having new Scenes and Decorations, being the first that e're were Introduc'd in England....All Parts being Justly and Excellently Perform'd; it continu'd Acting 12 Days without Interruption with great Applause. Downes, p. 34: I must not forget my self, being Listed for an Acotr in Sir William Davenant's Company in Lincolns-Inn-Fields: The very first Day of opening the House there, with the Siege of Rhodes, being to Act Haly; (The King, Duke of York, and all the Nobility in the House, and the first time the King was in a Publick Theatre). The sight of that August presence, spoil'd me for an Actor too. HMC, 10th Report, Appendix, Part IV, p. 21: @For the Siege of Rhodes all say@It is an everlasting play@Though they wonder now Roxalana is gon@What shift it makes to hold out so long@For when the second part took, butt for Bully@The first did not satisfie so fully.@ [Presumably this verse was written after Mrs Davenport left the stage, in 1662(?).


Mainpiece Title: The Siege Of Rhodes, Part I

Performance Comment: . Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 20-21, 34): Solyman-Betterton; Alphonso-Harris; Villerius-Lilliston; Admiral-Blagden; Roxolana-Mrs Davenport; Ianthe-Mrs Sanderson; Haly-Downes.
Role: Haly Actor: Downes.
Event Comment: Benefit Hulett and Downes


Mainpiece Title: Tamerlane

Performance Comment: Bajazet-Hulett; Tamerlane-Smith; Moneses-Gillow; Axalla-Williams; Dervise-Machen; Omar-Giffard; Prince of Tanais-Downes; Arpasia-Mrs Purden; Selima-Mrs Seal, lately arrived from Ireland; To which will be added a Whimsical Letter from the Lord Viscount Flame to the Mufti of Terra@Australis@Incognita repeated-Mr Johnson of Chesire, Author of Hurlothrumbo.
Role: Prince of Tanais Actor: Downes


Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This performance is on the L. C. list, 5@141, p. 81. See also Nicoll, Restoration Drama, p. 348. There is no certainty as to whether this is the date of the first performance. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 35): Then the Conquest of China by the Tartars, by Mr Settle; in this Play Mr Jevon Acting a Chinese Prince and Commander in it, and being in the Battle, Vanquisht by the Tartars; he was by his Part to fall upon the point of his Sword and Kill himself, rather than be a Prisoner by the Tartars: Mr Jevon instead of falling on the point of his Sword, laid it in the Scabbard at length upon the Ground and fell upon't, saying, now I am Dead; which put the Author into such a Fret, it made him speak Treble instead of Double Jevons answer was; did not you bid me fall upon my Sword


Mainpiece Title: The Conquest Of China By The Tartars

Performance Comment: Edition of 1676: Prologue-; Epilogue-Mrs Lee; Theinmingus-Gillow; Zungteus-Harris; Palexus-Norris; King of China-Medbourn; Quitazo-Smith; Lycugus-Sandford; Orunda-Mrs Batterton; Alcinda-Mrs Corer; Amavanga-Mrs Mary Lee; Vangona-Mrs Spencer. See also Downes (below).


Mainpiece Title: Hurlothrumbo

Performance Comment: As17290329(edition of 1729), but Darony-Giffard; Temo-Downes; Genius-Hill; With the Original Prologue-; Epilogue-.
Role: Temo Actor: Downes


Mainpiece Title: Maudlin, The Merchant's Daughter Of Bristol: With The Comical Humours Of Roger, Antonio's Man

Performance Comment: Antonio-Oates; Great Turk-Giffard; Merchant-Burnet; Captain-Hall; Boatswain-Downes; Sailor-Clark; Merchant's Wife-Mrs Willis; Maudlin-Mrs Templer; Roger-Penkethman.
Role: Boatswain Actor: Downes

Afterpiece Title: The Country Wedding

Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Downes (p. 25) states that it was acted eight days successively, but as Pepys does not indicate whether he saw its first performance, the sequence of playing it is not known. Pepys, Diary: We [Mrs Pepys and Pepys] took coach and to the Duke's playhouse, where we saw The Duchess of Malfy well performed, but Betterton and Ianthe [Mrs Saunderson] to admiration. Downes (p. 25): This Play was so exceeding Excellently Acted in all Parts; chiefly, Duke Ferdinand and Bosola: It fill'd the House 8 Days Successively, it proving one of the Best of Stock Tragedies


Mainpiece Title: The Duchess Of Malfy

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 25): Duke Ferdinand-Harris; Bosola-Betterton; Antonio-Smith; Cardinal-Young; Dutchess of Malfey-Mrs Betterton [Mrs Saunderson]; Julia-Mrs Gibbs; [The edition of 1678 lists other performers who could have acted on this occasion: Delio-Midburn? [Medbourne]; Castruchio-Richards?; Sylvio-Cademan?; Pescara-Norris?; Molateste-Price?; Cariolo=-Mrs Norris?.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary, 20 Oct.: Young Killigrew did so commend The Villaine, a new play made by Tom Porter, and acted only on Saturday at the Duke's house, as if there never had been any such play come upon the stage. The same yesterday was told me by Captain Ferrers; and this morning afterwards by Dr Clerke, who saw it. Downes, p. 23: Written by Major Thomas Porter; this Play by its being well perform'd, had Success extremly beyond the Company's Expectation....It Succeeded 10 Days with a full House, to the last. [Downes especially praises Price. The edition of 1663 has a Prologue but no actors' names and no epilogue.


Mainpiece Title: The Villain

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 23): Monsieur Brisac-Betterton; Monsieur Beaupre-Harris; Governour-Lilliston; Bontefeu-Young; Maligni-Saunford; Coligni-Price; Bellmont-Mrs Betterton [Mrs Saunderson]; Prologue-.
Event Comment: The King's Company. This marks the opening of the new Theatre Royal in Bridges Street, Drury Lane, to which Killigrew moved his company from Vere Street. Downes erroneously gives the opening date as 8 April, a fact which led to the creation of the famous spurious playbill for Bridges Street, Thursday, 8 April 1663. See Montague Summers, The Restoration Theater (London, 1934), p. 15. Pepys, Diary: This day the new Theatre Royal begins to act with scenes the Humorous Lieutenant, but I have not time to see it, nor could stay to see my Lady Jemimah lately come to town, and who was here in the house. Downes (p. 3): Note, this Comedy was Acted Twelve Days Successively


Mainpiece Title: The Humorous Lieutenant

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 3): King-Wintersel; Demetrius-Hart; Seleucus-Burt; Leontius-Mohun; Lieutenant-Clun; Celia-Mrs Anne? Marshal.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: To the Opera, which begins again to-day with The Witts, never acted yet with scenes; and the King and Duke and Duchess were there...and indeed it is a most excellent play, and admirable scenes. Downes (p. 21): All the other Parts being exactly Perform'd; it continu'd 8 Days Acting Successively


Mainpiece Title: The Wits

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 21): Elder Palatine-Betterton; Young Palatine-Harris; Sir Morgly Thwack-Underhill; Lady Ample-Mrs Davenport.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. If the run of The Wits occurred as it is outlined above, this would presumably be the first day of Hamlet. Pepys, Diary: To the Opera, and there saw Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, done with scenes very well, but above all, Betterton did the prince's part beyond imagination. Downes (p. 21): The Tragedy of Hamlet: Hamlet being Perform'd by Mr Betterton, Sir William (having seen Mr Taylor of the Black-Fryars Company Act it, who being Instructed by the Author Mr Shakespear) taught Mr Betterton in every Particle of it; which by his exact Performance of it, gain'd him Esteem and Reputation, Superlative to all other Plays...No succeeding Tragedy for several Years got more Reputation, or Money to the Company than this


Mainpiece Title: Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 21): Hamlet-Betterton; Horatio-Harris; King-Lilliston; Ghost-Richards; Polonius-Lovel; Rosencrans-Dixon; Guilderstern-Price; 1st Gravemaker-Underhill; 2d Gravemaker-Dacres; Queen-Mrs Davenport; Ophelia-Mrs Sanderson.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: Against my judgment and conscience (which God forgive, for my very heart knows that I offend God in breaking my vows therein) to the Opera, which is now newly begun to act again, after some alteracion of their scene, which do make it very much worse; but the play, Love and Honour, being the first time of their acting it, is a very good plot, and well done. Downes (pp. 21-22): This Play was Richly Cloath'd; The King giving Mr Betterton his Coronation Suit;...The Duke of York giving Mr Harris his...and my Lord of Oxford gave Mr Joseph Price his...and all the other Parts being very well done: The Play having a great run, Produc'd to the Company great Gain and Estimation from the Town


Mainpiece Title: Love And Honour

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp.21-22): Prince Alvaro-Betterton; Prince Prospero-Harris; Lionel-Joseph Price; Duke-Lilliston; Evandra-Mrs Hester? Davenport. [Possibly Peg Fryer acted the Old Widow; when she appeared at lif on 11 Jan. 1720, she was announced as having appeared in Love and Honour when she was young. As she was 85 in 1720, she was about 26 at this time.]Possibly Peg Fryer acted the Old Widow; when she appeared at lif on 11 Jan. 1720, she was announced as having appeared in Love and Honour when she was young. As she was 85 in 1720, she was about 26 at this time.]
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: To the Opera, where there was a new play (Cutter of Coleman Street), made in the year 1658, with reflections much upon the late times; and it being the first time, the pay was doubled, and so to save money, my wife and I went up into the gallery, and there sat and saw very well; and a very good play it is. It seems of Cowly's making. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 25): This Comedy being Acted so perfectly Well and Exact, it was perform'd a whole Week with a full Audience. John Dennis, Dedication to The Comical Gallant, 1702: The only Play that ever Mr Cowley writ, was barbarously treated the first night, as the late Mr Dryden has more than once informed me, who has told me that he went to see it with the famous Mr Sprat, now Bishop of Rochester, and that after the Play was done, they both made a visit to Mr Cowley. Langbaine (English Dramatick Poets, p. 81): This Play met with some Opposition, at its Representation under this new Name, from some who envyed the Authors unshaken Loyalty to the Prince, and the Royal Cause, in the worst of Times. BM Add. Mss. 34217, fol. 31b, in Hotson (Commonwealth and Restoration Stage, p. 247): @The Cutter of Coleman street had more fame@Before the Author chang'd its name@And shewd himselfe an Englishman right@By mending of things to spoyle them quite@And bee's more to blame because he can tell@(No better) to make new strings soe well.


Mainpiece Title: The Cutter Of Coleman Street

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 25): Colonel Jolly-Betterton; Old Trueman-Lovel; Young Trueman-Harris; Cutter-Underhill; Captain Worme-Sandford; Parson Soaker-Dacres; Puny-Nokes; Will-Price; Aurelia-Mrs Betterton [Mrs Saunderson]; Lucia-Mrs Anne Gibbs; Laughing Jane-Mrs Long; [The edition of 1663 has a Prologue-; an Epilogue-[, but no actors' names., but no actors' names.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: To the Opera, and there saw Romeo and Juliet, the first time it was ever acted; but it is a play of itself the worst that ever I heard in my life, and the worst acted that ever I saw these people do, and I am resolved to go no more to see the first time of acting, for they were all of them out more or less. Downes (p. 22): Note, There being a Fight and Scuffle in this Play, between the House of Capulet, and House of Paris; Mrs Holden Acting his Wife, enter'd in a Hurry, Crying, O my Dear Count! She Inadvertently left out, O, in the pronuntiation of the Word Count! giving it a Vehement Accent, put the House into such a Laughter, that London Bridge at low-water was silence to it. This Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, was made some time after into a Tragi-comedy, by Mr James Howard, he preserving Romeo and Juliet alive; so that when the Tragedy was Reviv'd again, twas Play'd Alternately, Tragical one Day, and Tragicomical another; for several Days together. [No specific notices are known which would indicate when Howard's version appeared.


Mainpiece Title: Romeo And Juliet

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 22): Romeo-Harris; Mercutio-Betterton; Paris-Price; Fryar-Richards; Sampson-Sandford; Gregory-Underhill; Juliet-Mrs Saunderson; Count Paris' Wife-Mrs Holden. Spencer (Shakespeare Improved, p. 73) thinks that James Nokes acted the Nurse.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: To the Duke's house, and there saw Twelfth Night acted well, though it be but a silly play, and not related at all to the name or day. Downes, p. 23: Twelfth Night, Or what you will; Wrote by Mr Shakespear, had mighty Success by its well Performance:...All the Parts being justly Acted Crown'd the Play. Note, It aas got up on purpose to be Acted on Twelfth Night


Mainpiece Title: Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 23): Sir Toby Belch-Betterton; Sir Andrew Ague@Cheek-Harris; Fool-Underhill; Malvolio-Lovel; Olivia-Mrs Ann Gibbs. See also 11 Sept. 1661.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. See also 15 and 23 Dec. 1662. Pepys, Diary: There being the famous new play acted the first time to-day, which is called The Adventures of Five Hours, at the Duke's house, being, they say, made or translated by Colonel Tuke, I did long to see it; and so made my wife to get her ready, though we were forced to send for a smith, to break open her trunk...and though early, were forced to sit almost out of sight, at the end of one of the lower forms, so full was the house. And the play, in one word, is the best, for the variety and the most excellent continuance of the plot to the very end, that ever I saw, or think ever shall, and all possible, not only to be done in the time, but in most other respects very admittable, and without one word of ribaldry; and the house, by its frequent plaudits, did show their sufficient approbation. Evelyn, Diary: I went to see Sir S: Tuke (my kinsmans) Comedy acted at the Dukes Theater, which so universaly tooke as it was acted for some weekes every day, & was belived would be worth the Comedians 4 or 5000 pounds: Indeede the plot was incomparable but the language stiffe & formall. Downes (pp 22-23): Wrote by the Earl of Bristol, and Sir Samuel Tuke: This Play being Cloath'd so Excellently Fine in proper Habits, and Acted so justly well....It took Successively 13 Days together, no other Play Intervening. Lady Anglesey to her husband, 10 Jan. 1663: Lord Bristol has made a play which is much commended (CSPD 1663-64, p. 8)


Mainpiece Title: The Adventures Of Five Hours

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 22-23): Don Henriq-Betterton; Antonio-Harris; Octavio-Young; Diego-Underhill; Ernesto-Sandford; Corrigidor-Smith; Silvio-Price; Camilla-Mrs Davenport; Portia-Mrs Betterton; Flora-Mrs Long; Edition of 1663: No actors' names. The Prologue-; The Prologue at Court-; The Epilogue-; The Epilogue at Court-.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. On Thursday 10 Dec. 1663, Pepys reported that this play was to be acted the following week, but the date of the first performance is uncertain. But--except for the holidays--it was probably acted on consecutive days until 1 Jan. 1663@4, when Pepys saw it. The play is also in Herbert, Dramatic Records, p. 138, as a "Revived Play." Pepys, Diary: I perceive the King and Duke and the Court was going to the Duke's playhouse to see Henry VIII. acted, which is said to be an admirable play. But, Lord! to see now near I was to have broken my oathe, or run the hazard of 20s. losse, so much my nature was hot to have gone thither; but I did not go. Downes (p.24): King Henry the 8th, This Play, by Order of Sir William Davenant, was all new Cloath'd in proper Habits: The King's was new, all the Lords, the Cardinals, the Bishops, the Doctors, Proctors, Lawyers, Tip-staves, new Scenes: The part of the King was so right and justly done by Mr Betterton, he being Instructed in it by Sir William, who had it from Old Mr Lowen, that had his Instructions from Mr Shakespear himself, that I dare and will aver, none can, or will come near him in this Age, in the performance of that part: Mr Harris's performance of Cardinal Wolsey, was little Inferior to that, he doing it with such just State, Port, and Mein, that I dare affirm, none hitherto has Equall'd him:...Every part by the great Care of Sir William, being exactly perform'd; it being all new Scenes; it continu'd Acting 15 Days together with general Applause


Mainpiece Title: Henry Viii

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p.24): King-Betterton; Wolsey-Harris; Duke of Buckingham-Smith; Norfolk-Nokes; Suffolk-Lilliston; Cardinal Campeius, Cranmur-Medburn; Bishop Gardiner-Underhill; Earl of Surry-Young; Lord Sands-Price; Queen Catherine-Mrs Betterton.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This apparently was not the first performance, but the time of premiere is not known. Pepys, Diary: My wife and I and Mercer to the Duke's house, and there saw The Rivalls, which is no excellent play, but good acting in it; especially Gosnell comes and sings and dances finely, but, for all that, fell out of the key, so that the musique could not play to her afterwards, and so did Harris also go out of the tune to agree with her. Downes (p. 23): The Rivals, A Play, Wrote by Sir William Davenant; having a very Fine Interlude in it, of Vocal and Instrumental Musick, mixt with very Diverting Dances: M Price introducing the Dancing, by a short Comical Prologue, gain'd him an Universal Applause of the Town....And all the Womens Parts admirably Acted; chiefly Celia, a Shepherdess being Mad for Love; especially in Singing several Wild and Mad Songs


Mainpiece Title: The Rivals

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p.23): Theocles-Harris; Philander-Betterton; Cunopes the Jailor-Underhill; Pepys: Celania?-Mrs Gosnell; Edition of 1668 adds: Arcon-$Young; Polynices-$Smith; Provost-$Sandford; Heraclia-$Mrs Shadwell; Leucippe-$Mrs Long; Prologue-Price.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: With Creed, my wife, and Mercer to a play at the Duke's, of my Lord Orrery's, called Mustapha, which being not good, made Betterton's part and Ianthe's but ordinary too, so that we were not contented with it at all...All the pleasure of the play was, the King and my Lady Castlemayne wer there; and pretty witty Nell Gwin?, at the King's house, and the younger Rebecca? Marshall sat next us; which pleased me mightily. Downes (p. 26): All the Parts being new Cloath's with new Scenes, Sir William's great Care of having it perfect and exactly perform'd, it produc'd to himself and Company vast Profit


Mainpiece Title: Mustapha, The Son Of Solyman The Magnificent

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 25-26): Solyman-Betterton; Mustapha-Harris; Zanger-Smith; Rustan-Sandford; Pyrrhus-Richards; Cardinal of Veradium?-Young; Haly-Cademan; Roxolana-Mrs Davenport [presumably an error for Mrs Betterton, who is named for this role in the edition of 1668 and who is referred to (Ianthe) by Pepys on this day]; Queen of Hungaria-Mrs Davies. [Edition of 1668 adds: Achmat-$James Noke; Thuricus-$Medborn; Viche-$Aingel; Zarma-$Mrs Long; Mitza-$Mrs Norris; Cleora-$Mrs Shadwel.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This performance, apparently the premiere, is on the L. C. list at Harvard. See VanLennep, "Plays on the English Stage", p. 14. Downes (p. 28): After this my Lord Orrery, Writ Two Comedies: The first call'd Guzman...took very well


Mainpiece Title: Guzman

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus) gives no cast; and the first publication of the play, in 1693, lists no actors' names.
Event Comment: [Downes lists this performance for Sunday 23, a very unlikely day for an offering at Court. Since both dl and lif were closed on Monday 24 and since the dl advertisment for Tuesday 25 refers to dances performed "last night" at St. James's, Monday 24 seems the probable date.


Mainpiece Title: The Merry Wives Of Windsor

Performance Comment: Falstaff-Betterton; Sir Hugh-Dogget; Page-Verbruggen; Ford-Powell; Caius-Pinkethman; Host-Bullock; Mrs Page-Mrs Barry; Mrs Ford-Mrs Bracegirdle; Ann Page-Mrs Bradshaw [Downes, p. 47].Downes, p. 47].

Dance: duRuel, Cherrier, Mrs duRuel


Mainpiece Title: Sophonisba; Or, Hannibal's Overthrow

Performance Comment: Edition of 1676 (imperfect edition): Hannibal-Moon; Maherbal-Wats; Bomilcar-Haris; Scipio-Kingiston; Lelius-Wintersel; Massinissa-Harte; Massina-Clarke; Sophonisba-Mrs Cosh; Rosalinda-Mrs Damport. Edition of 1681: The Prologue to the University of Oxford, Written by J. Dryden, Esquire. Hannibal-Mohun; Maherbal-Burt; Bomilcar-Wintershul; Scipio-Kynaston; Lelius-Lydall; Varro-Watson; Massinisa-Hart; Trebellius-Powell; Massina-Clark; Menander-Griffin; Sophonisba-Mrs Cox; Rosalinda-Mrs Boutell; Aglave-Mrs Nep; Cumana-Mrs Cory. Epilogue Spoken to Sophonisba at its Playing at Oxford. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 15): Hannibal-Mohun; Maherbal-Burt; Bomilcar-Wintersel; Scipio-Kynaston; Lelius-Lydall; Massinissa-Hart; Massina-Clark; Sophonisba-Mrs Cox; Rosalinda-Mrs Boutel.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the premiere is not known. Although the play was not in print until 1671, it was acted on 9 May 1670 and again at Dover on 19 or 20 May 1670. Downes (p. 29) placed the comedy among the plays of 1669, but the presence of Mrs Johnson (who, according to Downes, p. 31, did not join the company until 1670) and the performances in May 1670 suggest that the comedy was first given in the spring of 1670. Downes (pp. 29-30): The Play being Singularly well Acted, it took 12 Days together


Mainpiece Title: Sir Salomon; Or, The Cautious Coxcomb

Performance Comment: Edition of 1671: Prologue. No actors' names. Epilogue. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 29-30): Sir Solomon-Betterton; Peregrine Woodland-Harris; Single-Smith; Wary-Sandford; Timothy-Underhill; Betty-Mrs Johnson; Julia-Mrs Betterton.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Although Downes refers to the play's being acted "12 Days together" [see below], these were not consecutive, as Pepys saw another play at lif on 7 May. Pepys, Diary: To the Duke of York's playhouse, at a little past twelve, to get a good place in the pit, against the new play, and there setting a poor man to keep my Place, I out...and so back again, where I find the house quite full. But I had my place, and by and by the King comes and the Duke of York; and then the play begins, called The Sullen Lovers; or, The Impertinents, having many good humours in it, but the play tedious, and no design at all in it. But a little boy, for a farce, do dance Polichinelli, the best that ever anything was done in the world, by all men's report: most pleased with that, beyond anything in the world, and much beyond all the play. Thence to the King's house to see Knepp, but the play done. Downes (p. 29): This Comedy being Admirably Acted:...This Play had wonderful Success, being Acted 12 Days together


Mainpiece Title: The Sullen Lovers; Or, The Impertinents

Performance Comment: Edition of 1668: Prologue-; Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 29): Sir Positive At@All-Harris; Poet Ninny-Nokes; Woodcock-Angel; Standford-Smith; Emilia-Mrs Shadwell.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the first performance is not known. As Evelyn saw it on 27 April, it seems likely that it was first performed before Easter (April 10). It was not licensed for printing until 8 July 1664. Preface to edition of 1664: I Cou'd not have wish'd my self more fortunate than I have been in the success of this Poem:...The Acting of it has lost me no Reputation. Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, p. 25: @Sir Nich'las, Sir Fred'rick, Widow and Dufoy, Were not by any so well done, Mafoy.@ The clean and well performance of this Comedy, got the Company more Reputation and profit than any preceding Comedy; the Company taking in a months time at it #1000


Mainpiece Title: The Comical Revenge; Or, Love In A Tub

Performance Comment: Edition of 1664: The Prologue-; The Epilogue-the Widow, Wheadle; No actors' names. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 24-25): Lord Beauford-Betterton; Colonel Bruce-Smith; Lovis-Norris; Sir NicholasCully-Nokes; Palmer-Underhill; Wheadle-Saunford; Graciana-Mrs Betterton; Aurelia-Mrs Davies; Widow-Mrs Long; Sir Frederick Frollick-Harris; Dufoy-Price.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. L. C. 5@139, p. 125, lists it for 3 March, but as this date falls on Sunday, it is probably an error in dating. The play was licensed on 22 May 1667. Pepys, Diary: To the Duke's playhouse...and I in and find my wife and Mrs Hewer, and sat by them and saw The English Princesse, or Richard the Third; a most sad, melancholy play, and pretty good; but nothing eminent in it, as some tragedys are; only little Mis. Davis did dance a jig after the end of the play, and there telling the next day's play; so that it come in by force only to please the company to see her dance in boy's clothes; and, the truth is, there is no comparison between Nell's dancing the other day at the King's house in boy's clothes and this, this being infinitely beyond the other. Downes (p. 27): Wrote by Mr Carrol, was Excellently well Acted in every Part;...Gain'd them an Additional Estimation, and the Applause from the Town, as well as profit to the whole Company


Mainpiece Title: The English Princess; Or, The Death Of Richard The Third

Performance Comment: The edition of 1667 lists no actors' names, but Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 27) lists: King Richard-Betterton; Duke of Richmond-Harris; Sir William Stanly-Smith; Prologue-; Edition of 1673: Epilogue. Edition of 1673: Epilogue.