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Event Comment: [Miss Farren was from the hay. And see dl, 8 Oct.


Mainpiece Title: Rose And Colin

Role: Rose Actor: Miss Brown.

Afterpiece Title: The Suspicious Husband

Performance Comment: Ranger-Lewis; Strictland-Clarke; Jack Meggot-Lee Lewes; Bellamy-Whitfield; Tester-Wewitzer; Frankly-Wroughton; Mrs Strictland-Mrs Mattocks; Jacintha-Mrs Lessingham; Lucetta-Mrs Green; Clarinda-Miss Farren [1st appearance on this stage].1st appearance on this stage].
Role: Clarinda Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: The Wives Revenged

Role: Rosara Actor: Miss Leeson
Role: Mrs Dimity Actor: Miss Weller

Dance: As17780921

Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. Public Advertiser, 30 Mar.: Tickets to be had of Miss Farren, No. 50, Great Queen-street, Lincoln's-inn-fields. Receipts: #206 2s. 6d. (107.3.0; 29.17.6; 0.11.0; tickets: 68.11.0) (charge: #105)


Mainpiece Title: The School For Scandal

Role: Careless Actor: Farren
Role: Mrs Candour Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Lady Sneerwell Actor: Miss Sherry

Afterpiece Title: The Citizen

Performance Comment: Young Philpot-Dodd; Wilding-Farren; Beaufort-Philimore; Sir Jasper-Wright; Dapper-Holcroft; Quildrive-Williams; Old Philpot-Baddeley; Corinna-Miss Kirby; Maria (for that night only)-Miss Farren.
Role: Wilding Actor: Farren
Role: Corinna Actor: Miss Kirby
Role: Maria Actor: Miss Farren.
Event Comment: Mainpiece [1st time; C 4, by George Colman elder. Prologue by the author (Morning Chronicle, 13 Oct.). Scenery by Rooker (ibid. 1 Sept.). Larpent MS 490; not published; synopsis of plot in London Magazine, Sept. 1779, pp. 405-7]. "The first three acts want business, and the denouement is rather suddenly brought about...The greatness of the task of performing a character of which Mrs Abington had been announced as the intended representative seemed to inspire [Miss Farren] with additional zeal, and helped her to gain additional credit" (Morning Chronicle, 1 Sept.)


Mainpiece Title: The Separate Maintenance

Performance Comment: Principal Characters-Palmer, Dimond, Aickin, Gardner, Stevens, Kenny, Jackson, Edwin, Parsons, Mrs Webb, Mrs Hitchcock, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Poussin, Miss Wood, Mrs Lefevre, Miss Hale, Miss Twist, Mrs Cuyler, Miss Farren. [Cast from Gazetteer, 1 Sept.: Leveret-Palmer; Lord Newbery-Dimond; Touchwood-Aickin; Fraction-Gardner; Jacky Minim-Edwin; Lord Oldcastle-Parsons; Lady Oldcastle-Mrs Webb; Miss English-Mrs Hitchcock; Mrs Frankly-Mrs Lloyd; Lady Didapper-Mrs Poussin; Grace-Miss Wood; Mrs Fustian-Mrs Lefevre; Mrs Revel-Mrs Cuyler; Lady Newbery-Miss Farren; Stevens, Kenny, Jackson, Miss Hale, Miss Twist; [Larpent MS 490 lists the parts as above, and adds: Buckle, Varnish, Mons Epingle, Mrs Coiff. Prologue-Palmer. [This was spoken, as here assigned at all subsequent performances.]This was spoken, as here assigned at all subsequent performances.]

Afterpiece Title: The Mayor of Garratt

Dance: As17790818

Event Comment: [This was Mrs Hitchcock's 1st appearance in London. Miss Farren was from the Manchester theatre. Miss Twist is identified in playbill of 14 July.] Because of Foote's acting scarcely anything but his own plays "a relaxation of discipline has been fallen into at the Haymarket... The audience last night, however, were not less surprized than pleased at the very regular manner in which the Comedy and the Burletta were exhibited. All the business of the stage perfect, all the little parts smoothly given, and the whole rather superior than inferior to a performance at either of the Winter Theatres" (Morning Chronicle, 10 June)


Mainpiece Title: She Stoops To Conquer

Performance Comment: Young Marlow-Palmer; Hastings (with a song)-DuBellamy; Sir Charles Marlow-Fearon; Diggory-Massey; Landlord-Griffiths; Tony Lumpkin-Jackson; Hardcastle-Edwin; Miss Neville-Mrs Hitchcock [from the Theatre Royal, Bath (on playbill of 6 June)]; Mrs Hardcastle-Mrs Gardner; Betty-Mrs Poussin; Miss Hardcastle-Miss Farren (1st appearance in London).

Afterpiece Title: Midas

Performance Comment: Midas-Edwin; Apollo-Du-Bellamy; Sileno-Massey; Jupiter-Griffiths; Damaetas-Blissett; Pan-Bannister; Juno-Mrs Poussin; Mysis-Mrs Love; Daphne-Mrs Hitchcock; Nysa-A Young Gentlewoman (1st appearance on any stage [Miss Twist]).Miss Twist]).
Event Comment: [Afterpiece: Prologue by George Colman, the elder.] Powell: Love a-la-mode rehearsed at 10 (for King); Lodoiska music at 11 (for Kelly, Storace, Crouch); Natural Son at 12 (King, Moody. Miss Farren one scene). Receipts: #347 15s. 6d. (283/0/0; 53/13/6; 7/2/0)


Mainpiece Title: The }ew

Afterpiece Title: BON TON

Performance Comment: Lord Minikin-Dodd; Sir John Trotley (with the Original Prologue)-King; Col. Tivy-Barrymore; Jessamy-Burton; Davy-Parsons//Lady Minikin-Miss Pope; Miss Tittup-Miss Farren; Gymp-Miss Tidswell .
Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. Mainpiece: Never acted here


Mainpiece Title: The Heiress

Performance Comment: Sir Clement Flint-King; Clifford-Bensley; Alscrip-Parsons; Rightly-Aickin; Chignon-Baddeley; Blandish-Bannister Jun.; Prompt-R. Palmer; Servants-Swords, Lyons, Gaudry, Painter; Lord Gayville-Palmer; Miss Alscrip (1st time)-Mrs Smith; Miss Alton-Mrs Bannister; Mrs Blandish-Mrs Bates; Mrs Sagely-Mrs Poussin; Tiffany-Miss Brangin; Lady Emily-Miss Farren .
Role: Miss Alscrip Actor: Mrs Smith
Role: Miss Alton Actor: Mrs Bannister
Role: Tiffany Actor: Miss Brangin
Role: Lady Emily Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: A Beggar on Horseback

Role: Miss Barnavag Actor: Miss Francis

Dance: As17860706

Event Comment: Powell: Kemble being indisposed from a violent Bruise in his Arm (during the several times of his playing the Part of Macbeth) so as to render him incapable of attending the Theatre this evening, an Apology was made by Wroughton, and the Prologue was omitted. [The playbill retains Miss Menage in afterpiece, but she] being at the Italian Opera this Evening, Master Chatterley play'd her part in the Children in the Wood. Henry VIII rehearsed at 10 (for Banks and Dignum; Packer ill); The Jew at 12 (for Miss Farren and Miss Tidswell). Receipts: #322 5s. 6d. (248/0/0; 67/15/0; 6/14/6; tickets not come in: 0/6/0)


Mainpiece Title: The Inconstant; Or, The Way To Win Him

Performance Comment: Old Mirabel-Aickin; Young Mirabel-Wroughton; Capt. Duretete-Dodd; Dugard-Whitfield; Petit-Benson; Bravoes-Maddocks, Caulfield, Webb, Phillimore; Page-Master Gregson//Oriana-Mrs Goodall; Bisarre-Miss Farren; Lamoree-Miss Tidswell. Epilogue as17940421.


Performance Comment: As17940425, but Master Chatterley in place of Miss Menage .
Role: Girl Actor:
Event Comment: Mainpiece: Revised and Altered [reduced from 5 acts to 4] by the Author [Richard Cumberland; MS of this version: Larpent 1026]. [In afterpiece the playbill retains Bannister Jun. as Robin, but he "being ill, Benson play'd Robin" (Powell).] Powell: Natural Son rehearsed at 11 (Miss Farren absent, Miss Tidswell one scene). Receipts: #149 9s. 6d. (106/6/6; 34/13/0; 8/10/ 0)


Mainpiece Title: The Natural Son

Performance Comment: Sir Jeffery Latimer-Baddeley; Blushenly-Palmer; Captain O'Carol-Moody; Jack Hustings-King; David-Burton; Servants Webb, Lyons//Lady Paragon-Miss Farren; Mrs Phoebe Latimer-Miss Pope; Penelope-Miss Tidswell .

Afterpiece Title: NO SONG NO SUPPER

Role: Louisa Actor: Miss Leak
Event Comment: Powell: Wonder rehearsed at 10 (Packer one scene; Miss Farren three scenes). Receipts: #222 12s. (140/14/6; 75/16/0; 5/12/6; tickets not come in: 0/9/0)


Mainpiece Title: The Wonder

Performance Comment: Don Lopez-Baddeley; Don Felix-Kemble; Frederick- Packer; Don Pedro-Suett; Col. Briton-Wroughton; Gibby-Moody; Lissardo-King; Alguazile-Jones//Donna Violante-Miss Farren; Donna Isabella-Miss De Camp; Inis-Miss Collins; Flora-Miss Pope .
Event Comment: [Mrs Siddons's 1st appearance as Mrs Lovemore was at Bath, 31 Oct. 1778. Afterpiece in place of The Humourist, announced on playbill of 25 Nov.] "[Mrs Siddons's] retort courteous, mimicry of laugh, and listless indifference of Lovemore were truly excellent . . . [Miss Farren's] descriptions of Ranelagh Ladies meeting, &c. were highly seasoned, and had an excellent counterpart in Smith's appendix" (Public Advertiser, 28 Nov.). Receipts: #232 2s. 6d. (219/3/0; 12/17/0; 0/2/6)


Mainpiece Title: The Way To Keep Him

Performance Comment: Lovemore-Smith; Sir Brilliant Fashion-Dodd; William-Baddeley; Sideboard-Burton; John-Phillimore; Sir Bashful Constant-King; Widow Belmour (with a song in character)-Miss Farren; Muslin-Miss Pope; Lady Constant-Mrs Brereton; Mignionet-Miss Hale; Mrs Lovemore-Mrs Siddons(i st appearance in that character [in London]) .in London]) .
Role: Widow Belmour Actor: Miss Farren
Role: Muslin Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Mignionet Actor: Miss Hale

Afterpiece Title: The Quaker

Role: Gillian Actor: Miss Field
Event Comment: Mainpiece: Not acted these 2 years. Afterpiece: With Alterations and Additions; to conclude with a grand View of Greenwich Hospital, designed by DeLoutherbourg. [This was included in all subsequent performances. Miss Farren was from the hay. And see cg, 23 Sept.] Receipts: #190 4s. [161.6; 28.14; 0.4)


Mainpiece Title: The West Indian

Performance Comment: Belcour-King; Stockwell-Aickin; Major O'Flaherty-Moody; Captain Dudley-Packer; Charles Dudley-Brereton; Fulmer-Baddeley; Varland-Parsons; Lady Rusport-Mrs Hopkins; Louisa Dudley (1st time)-Mrs Brereton; Housekeeper-Mrs Bradshaw; Lucy-Mrs Love; Mrs Fulmer-Miss Sherry; Charlotte Rusport-Miss Farren (1st appearance on this stage).

Afterpiece Title: Queen Mab

Performance Comment: Harlequin-Wright; Pantaloon-Grimaldi; Clod-Carpenter; Silvio-Burton; Meagre-R. Palmer; Fat Cook-Griffiths; Watchman-Holcroft; Farmer-Chaplin; Queen Mab-Miss Abrams; Colombine-Miss Collett.
Role: Queen Mab Actor: Miss Abrams
Role: Colombine Actor: Miss Collett.

Dance: End II: The Power of Love The Force of Love, as17781003

Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. 2nd piece: Altered [by Henry Bate] from Prior's Nut Brown Maid, with new Airs and Chorusses composed by Shield. Receipts: #226 5s. (105.1.0; 29.3.6; 1.2.6; tickets: 90.18.0) (charge: #108.14)


Mainpiece Title: The Lord Of The Manor

Role: Annette Actor: Miss Prudom
Role: Sophia Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: Henry and Emma

Performance Comment: Henry-Palmer; Eugenius-Packer; Venus-Miss Field; Emma-Miss Farren.
Role: Venus Actor: Miss Field
Role: Emma Actor: Miss Farren.

Afterpiece Title: All the World's a Stage

Role: Charles Actor: Farren
Role: Miss Kitty Sprightly Actor: Mrs Brereton
Role: Miss Bridget Actor: Mrs Hopkins.

Dance: As17810312

Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. Mainpiece: With Permission of the Author [Richard Brinsley Sheridan]


Mainpiece Title: The School For Scandal

Performance Comment: Sir Peter Teazle-King; Crabtree-Parsons; Sir Oliver Surface-Aickin; Sir Benjamin Backbite-Burton; Joseph Surface-Palmer; Moses-Baddeley; Rowley-Wrighten; Careless (with a song)-Davies; Trip-R. Palmer; Snake-Gardner; Charles-Bannister Jun.; Maria-Miss Woollery; Mrs Candour-Mrs Bates; Lady Sneerwell-Mrs Inchbald; Lady Teazle-Miss Farren .
Role: Maria Actor: Miss Woollery
Role: Lady Teazle Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: Gretna Green

Role: Phoebe Actor: Miss George
Role: Miss Plumb Actor: Miss George
Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. Afterpiece [1st time; MF 2, "taken from the French" (see Songs), by @@ Robinson. Larpent MS 783; not published. Music selected by John Edwin, ynger (Town and Country Magazine, Sept. 1787, p. 414). Author of Prologue unknown]


Mainpiece Title: Much Ado About Nothing

Performance Comment: As17870525, but Benedick-King (of dl); Don Pedro-Davies; Borachio-Johnson; Margaret-Miss Brangin; Beatrice-Miss Farren (1st appearance in that character); Town Clerk-Baddeley; Friar-Gardner.
Role: Margaret Actor: Miss Brangin
Role: Beatrice Actor: Miss Farren
Role: Hero Actor: Miss Woollery

Afterpiece Title: The Test of Love

Performance Comment: Principal Characters by Edwin, Davies, Barret, Johnson, Chapman, Swords, Lyons, Parsons, Miss George, Mrs Cuyler, Miss Brangin, Mrs Bannister. Cast from Songs (T. Cadell, 1787): Curgy-Edwin; Usbeck-Davies; Nathan-Barret; Osmin-Johnson; Mustapha-Swords; Cadi-Parsons; Fanny-Miss George; Circassian-Mrs Cuyler; Venetian-Miss Brangin; Nadina-Mrs Bannister; unassigned-Chapman, Lyons; Prologue-Bannister Jun.
Role: Fanny Actor: Miss George
Role: Venetian Actor: Miss Brangin

Dance: In II: a Masquerade Dance-Byrn, the two Simonets, young D'Egville, Miss DeCamp

Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. Tickets delivered for the 18th instant will be admitted. Mainpiece: With Permission of the Author


Mainpiece Title: The School For Scandal

Performance Comment: Sir Peter Teazle-King (of dl); Crabtree-Parsons; Sir Oliver Surface-Aickin; Sir Benjamin Backbite-Burton; Joseph Surface-Palmer; Moses-Baddeley; Rowley-Wrighten; Careless (with a song)-Davies; Trip-Iliff; Snake-Phillimore; Charles-Bannister Jun.; Mrs Candour-Miss Prideaux; Maria-Mrs Forster; Lady Sneerwell-Mrs Inchbald; Lady Teazle-Miss Farren.
Role: Mrs Candour Actor: Miss Prideaux
Role: Lady Teazle Actor: Miss Farren.

Afterpiece Title: The Dead Alive

Performance Comment: Sir Walter Weathercock-Moss; Edward-Davies; Plume-Baddeley; Sheers-Burton; Degagee-Wewitzer; Motley-Edwin; Miss Hebe Wintertop-Mrs Webb; Comfit-Miss Collett; Caroline-Mrs Bannister.
Role: Miss Hebe Wintertop Actor: Mrs Webb
Role: Comfit Actor: Miss Collett
Event Comment: Benefit for Miss Farren. Receipts: #145 13s. 6d. (60.11.0; 16.17.6; 1.1.0; tickets: 67.4.0) (charge: #76 18s. 6d.)


Mainpiece Title: The Discovery

Role: Mrs Knightly Actor: Miss Farren
Role: Miss Richly Actor: Mrs Robinson

Afterpiece Title: The Devil to Pay

Performance Comment: Sir John Loverule-Vernon; Jobson-Moody; Lady Loverule-Mrs Johnston; Nell-Miss Farren (1st appearance in that character).
Role: Nell Actor: Miss Farren
Event Comment: [In mainpiece the playbill retains Mrs Robinson, but "A correspondent who was at Drury Lane theatre last night to see The Law of Lombardy congratulates the town on the acquisition of a new performer of the part which Mrs Robinson played. That lady being taken ill, Miss Farren, at very short warning, undertook it, and did it the most ample justice" (Gazetteer, 22 Apr.).] Receipts: #107 1s. 6d. (72.8.0; 31.1.0; 3.12.6)


Mainpiece Title: The Law Of Lombardy

Performance Comment: As17790209, but Alinda-Miss Farren.
Role: Alinda Actor: Miss Farren.
Role: Lucio Actor: Farren
Role: Princess Actor: Miss Younge

Afterpiece Title: A Monody

Role: Polly Honeycomb Actor: Miss Pope.

Afterpiece Title: Who's the Dupe

Role: Polly Honeycomb Actor: Miss Pope.

Dance: As17790417

Event Comment: Powell: Mrs Goodall and Sedgwick not on in [Miss Farren's] Epilogue. Bannister Sen. came too late, not supposing the Play to be over so early, but apologiz'd to Mr Kemble, with which he was satisfied. Pirates rehearsed at 10 (in consequence of Suett, Storace being ill; Kelly, Crouch, Bannister Jun., Sedgwick absent, rehearsal was dismiss'd); My Grandmother at 12; Lodoiska music at 1. Receipts: #370 17s. 6d. (295/11/0; 62/6/0; 13/0/6)


Mainpiece Title: The Jew

Performance Comment: As17940508. By particular Desire, Miss Farren will speak the Occasional Epilogue [see17940421], in which are exhibited the Lake of Real Water and the Iron Curtain .

Afterpiece Title: NO SONG NO SUPPER

Role: Louisa Actor: Miss Leak
Event Comment: [Miss Powel is identified in Morning Chronicle, 2 July.


Mainpiece Title: She Stoops To Conquer

Performance Comment: [Principal Characters by Palmer, Griffin (from the Theatre Royal, Bath), Gardner, Jackson, Massey, Painter, Webb (from the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh), Mrs Webb, Miss Farren, Mrs Poussin, A Young Gentlewoman (1st appearance on any stage Miss Powel]). [Cast from London Chronicle, 2 July, and adjusted from playbill of 9 June 1777: Young Marlow-Palmer; Hastings-Griffin; Sir Charles Marlow-Gardner; Tony Lumpkin-Jackson; Diggory-Massey; Landlord-Painter; Hardcastle-Webb; Mrs Hardcastle-Mrs Webb; Miss Hardcastle-Miss Farren; Betty-Mrs Poussin; Miss Neville-Miss Powel.

Afterpiece Title: Buxom Joan

Role: Buxom Joan Actor: Miss Twist.
Event Comment: [Miss Prideaux was from the hay.] Receipts: #170 12s. 6d. (119.18.0; 48.12.0; 2.2.6)


Mainpiece Title: Love For Love

Performance Comment: Foresight-Parsons; Tattle-Dodd; Sir Sampson Legend-Moody; Scandal-Bensley; Valentine-Kemble; Jeremy-Baddeley; Trapland-Waldron; Buckram-Phillimore; Snap-Jones; Ben-Bannister Jun.; Miss Prue-Miss Prideaux (1st appearance on that stage); Mrs Frail-Miss Pope; Mrs Foresight-Mrs Ward; Nurse-Mrs Booth; Jenny-Miss Tidswell; Angelica-Miss Farren.
Role: Miss Prue Actor: Miss Prideaux
Role: Mrs Frail Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Jenny Actor: Miss Tidswell
Role: Angelica Actor: Miss Farren.

Afterpiece Title: The Virgin Unmask'd

Role: Miss Lucy Actor: Miss Romanzini.
Event Comment: [Miss Cranford was from DL.]


Mainpiece Title: The Separate Maintenance

Performance Comment: Leveret-Palmer; Lord Newberry-Williamson; Touchwood-Aickin; Fraction-Gardner; Buckle-Barrett; Minum-Edwin; Varnish-Swords; Servant-Painter; Lord Oldcastlc-Parsons; Lady Oldcastle-Mrs Webb; Miss English-Mrs Inchbald; Mrs Revel-Mrs Cuyler; Mrs Frankly-Miss Brangin; Mrs Fustian-Mrs Brett; Grace-Miss Burnett; Lady Newberry-Miss Farren .
Role: Miss English Actor: Mrs Inchbald
Role: Mrs Frankly Actor: Miss Brangin
Role: Grace Actor: Miss Burnett
Role: Lady Newberry Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: The Agreeable Surprise

Role: sic] Actor: Miss Brangin

Song: End of Act I of mainpiece song by Miss Cranford (1st appearance on this stage)

Event Comment: Benefit for Farren and Miss Sherry. Tickets delivered by Bidwell, Mrs Pulley, and for The Way of the World will be taken. Public Advertiser, 29 Apr.: Tickets to be had of Farren, No. 14, Catherine Street, Strand; of Miss Sherry, No. 2, Little Russel-street, Covent Garden. Receipts: #214 13s. (39.8.0; 15.17.6; 0.12.6; tickets: 158.15.0) (charge: #69 3s.)


Mainpiece Title: The Way Of The World

Performance Comment: As17781019, but Fainall-Farren (1st appearance in that character); Mrs Fainall-Mrs Davies; Millamant-Miss Farren (1st appearance in that character).
Role: Fainall Actor: Farren
Role: Millamant Actor: Miss Farren
Role: Marwood Actor: Miss Sherry
Role: Foible Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Mincing Actor: Miss Collett

Afterpiece Title: Comus

Role: Brothers Actor: Farren, Lamash
Role: Pastoral Nymph Actor: Miss Collett
Role: Sabrina Actor: Miss Field

Song: End IV: Tally ho!, as17790413; In afterpiece: Sweet Echo, as17790413

Event Comment: Benefit for Farren. Public Advertiser, 8 Apr.: Tickets to be had of Farren, No. 13, York-street, Covent Garden. Receipts: #208 4s. 6d. (63/19/0; 15/1J/6; 0/1/0; tickets: 128/9/0) (charge: #65 16s. 11d)


Mainpiece Title: Othello

Performance Comment: Othello-Farren (1st appearance in that character); Roderigo-Dodd; Cassio-Palmer; Brabantio-Aickin; Lodovico-Packer; Duke-Chaplin; Montano-Norris; Gratiano-Wrighten; Iago-Bensley; Emilia-Mrs Hopkins; Desdemona-Miss Farren .
Role: Othello Actor: Farren
Role: Desdemona Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: Catherine and Petruchio

Role: Bianca Actor: Miss Simson

Dance: As17820302athi

Event Comment: Mainpiece [1st time; MD 3, by George Colman, ynger]: The Scenery and Dresses are entirely new. The Musick composed by Storace.The Scenes designed and executed by Greenwood and Capon [the Gothic library was painted by Capon (Oracle, 21 Mar. 1796)]. The Dresses by Johnston, Gay and Miss Rein. Books of the Songs to be had in the Theatre. [When Colman published his play he prefaced it with an acrimonious attack on Kemble, in which he accused him of deliberately trying to make the play a failure. But almost without exception the contemporary reviews excused Kemble's performance on the grounds of his obvious indisposition, and agreed that the play itself was unsatisfactory. "The play failed, and we are sorry to say did not merit to succeed...Kemble, who was tormented With an incessant cough, said he could not but be sensible that much of the displeasure of the house proceeded from his deficiency in a principal character...The whole audience with one voice cried out, 'No, no, Kemble-it is not your fault'" (Oracle, 14 Mar.). "The dialogue is extremely heavy, and there is little or no incident to relieve the tedium of more than four hours representation...Sir Edward Mortimer is a being distracted, with no adequate cause; a prey to remorse, which he of all men was the last to feel from the principles that make up his being. This therefore is the radical moral defect of the piece. But there is another which, though not equally strong, is equally fatal: there is no progression of interest, there is no involution of plot, there is no development of character" (Star, 14 Mar.). Other notices of the opening night were much in the same vein. Subsequently Colman revised the play, and it held the stage for many years. "The curtailments which have been made shorten the representation near an hour and a half, and the alterations are many and judicious" (Morning Herald, 21 Mar. 1796). Morning Herald, 23 July 1796: This Day is published The Iron Chest (2s.). Receipts: #471 9s. (468.13; 2.16)


Mainpiece Title: The Iron Chest

Performance Comment: Characters by Kemble, Wroughton, Bannister Jun., Dodd, Barrymore, Suett, Master Welsh, Kelly, R. Palmer, Dignum, Sedgwick, Phillimore, Bannister, Master Webb, Banks, Hollingsworth, Trueman, Webb, Maddocks, Key, Whitmell, Miss Farren, Mrs Gibbs, Miss Tidswell, Sga Storace, Miss Granger, Miss DeCamp. Cast from text (Cadell & Davies, 1796), and London Chronicle, 14 Mar.: Sir Edward Mortimer-Kemble; Fitzharding-Wroughton; Wilford-Bannister Jun.; Adam Winterton-Dodd; Rawbold-Barrymore; Samson-Suett; Boy-Master Welsh; Armstrong-Kelly; Orson-R. Palmer; Robbers-Dignum, Sedgwick, Phillimore, Bannister; Robber's Boy-Master Webb; Peter-Banks; Cook-Hollingsworth; Gregory-Trueman; Simon-Webb; Walter-Maddocks; Helen-Miss Farren; Blanch-Mrs Gibbs; Dame Rawbold-Miss Tidswell; Barbara-Sga Storace; Girl-Miss Granger; Judith-Miss DeCamp; unassigned-Keys, Whitmell.
Role: Helen Actor: Miss Farren
Role: Dame Rawbold Actor: Miss Tidswell
Role: Girl Actor: Miss Granger
Role: Judith Actor: Miss DeCamp

Afterpiece Title: Harlequin Captive

Song: Mainpiece: The General Chorus-Cooke, Danby, Evans, Welsh, Wentworth, J. Fisher, Master DeCamp, Master Gregson, Atkins, Brown, Denman, Fisher, Tett, Aylmer, Caulfield Jun., Dibble, Gallot, Willoughby, Annereau, Bardoleau, Cook, Miss Arne, Mrs Boimaison, Mrs Bramwell, Mrs Butler, Miss Mellon, Miss Wentworth, Mrs Maddocks, Miss Chatterley, Miss Menage, Miss Stuart, Miss Jackson

Performance Comment: Fisher, Master DeCamp, Master Gregson, Atkins, Brown, Denman, Fisher, Tett, Aylmer, Caulfield Jun., Dibble, Gallot, Willoughby, Annereau, Bardoleau, Cook, Miss Arne, Mrs Boimaison, Mrs Bramwell, Mrs Butler, Miss Mellon, Miss Wentworth, Mrs Maddocks, Miss Chatterley, Miss Menage, Miss Stuart, Miss Jackson.
Event Comment: Afterpiece [1st time at a public theatre; C 3, by Elizabeth Craven, Baroness Craven, afterwards Margravine of Anspach, 1st acted privately at the Town-Hall, Newbury, 6 Apr. 1780. Text (G. Riley, 1781) assigns no parts. Prologue by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Epilogue by Joseph Jekyll (see text)]: With new Dresses, &c. "The Prologue [the first 30 lines and the concluding couplet of which were used by Sheridan as the Prologue to Pizarro (see dl, 24 May 1799)] was so much admired that at the request of the Duchess of Devonshire and several other of the nobility it was respoken after the piece; but as King was absent from the theatre, it was delivered by Palmer" (Town and Country Magazine, May 1780, p. 23 ). "The chief singularity was that [Lady Craven] went to it herself the second night, in form; sat in the middle of the front row of the stage-box, much dressed, with a profusion of white bugles and plumes, to receive the public homage due to her sex and loveliness. The Duchess of Richmond, Lady Harcourt,...Mrs Damer, Lord Craven,...and I were with her. It was amazing to see so young a woman entirely possess herself-but there is such an integrity and frankness in her consciousness of her own beauty and talents, that she speaks of them with a naivete as if she had no property in them, but only wore them as gifts of the gods. Lord Craven on the contrary was quite agitated by his fondness for her and with impatience at the bad performance of the actors, which was wretched indeed, yet the address of the plot, which is the chief merit of the piece, and some lively pencilling carried it off very well, though Parsons murdered the Scotch lord, and Mrs Robinson (who is supposed to be the favourite of the Prince of Wales) thought on nothing but her own charms, or him. There is a very good though endless prologue written by Sheridan and spoken in perfection by King, which was encored (an entire novelty) the first night: and an epilogue that I liked still better and which was full as well delivered by Mrs Abington, written by Mr. Jekyl. The audience, though very civil, missed a fair opportunity of being gallant, for in one of those ----logues, I forget which, the noble authoress was mentioned, and they did not applaud as they ought to have done, especially when she condescended to avow her pretty child and was there looking so very pretty...Yet Lady Craven's tranquillity had nothing displeasing;...and it was tempered by her infinite good nature, which made her make excuses for the actors instead of being provoked at them" (Walpole [28 May 1780], XI, 178-80). Public Advertiser, 14 July 1781: This Day at Noon will be published The Miniature Picture (price not listed). Receipts: #144 9s. (94.9; 48.3; 1.17)


Mainpiece Title: The Winter's Tale

Role: Hermione Actor: Miss Farren

Afterpiece Title: The Miniature Picture

Performance Comment: Principal Characters by Palmer, Parsons, Brereton, Wrighten, Mrs Davies, Miss Farren, Miss Sherry, Mrs Robinson. [Cast from Town and Country Magazine, May 1780, p.228: Mr Belvil-Palmer; Lord Macgrinnon-Parsons; Mr Camply-Brereton; John-Wrighten; Susan-Mrs Davies; Miss Loveless-Miss Farren; Mrs Arabella Loveless-Miss Sherry; Eliza Camply-Mrs Robinson; Prologue-King; Epilogue-Mrs Abington. [Thses were spoken, as here assigned, at all subsequent performances.]Thses were spoken, as here assigned, at all subsequent performances.]

Dance: II: New Dance, as17791126; End II afterpiece: The Coopers, as17800224