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Event Comment: Benefit Estcourt. At the Desire of several Persons of Quality. London in 1710 (pp. 138-39): On this occasion the actors represented a prodigiously satirical Interscenium, which was not to be found in the printed copy of the play....In this interlude a troop of soldiers came on, singing at the top of their voices an English song which had been made by the army in Flanders about the Duke of Marlborough. In it Prince Eugene is praised for his open-handedness, while Marlborough, on the other hand, is blamed for his avarice, so that every verse ended: 'but Marlborough not a penny.' The people, who are very bitter against the whole family, even the Duke himself, laughed prodigiously, and bandied about monstrous insults, although Marlborough's daughter, the Duchess of Montagu, was herself at the play and was so greatly shamed that she was covered with blushes....When the song was at an end, there was such a clapping and yelling that the actors were unable to proceed for nearly a quarter of an hour


Mainpiece Title: The Recruiting Officer

Performance Comment: See17100316 but Plume-Wilks; Kite-Estcourt; Silvia-Mrs Oldfield.
Role: 7100316 but Plume Actor: Wilks
Role: Kite Actor: Estcourt
Role: Silvia Actor: Mrs Oldfield.

Song: Several Comical Dialogues-Mr Dogget, Mr Leveridge; And other Entertainments of Ballad/Singing after the true English manner. Compos'd by Mr Estcourt-Mr Estcourt, in Honour of the Great and Glorious Successes of her Majesty over her proud French Foes

Performance Comment: Compos'd by Mr Estcourt-Mr Estcourt, in Honour of the Great and Glorious Successes of her Majesty over her proud French Foes.
Event Comment: The United Company. There is uncertainty concerning this date; it appears on Luttrell's copy (Huntington Library) of the separately printed Prologue and Epilogue, and the date may represent the time of his purchase rather than a date of performance. The Prologue and Epilogue are reprinted in Wiley, Rare Prologues and Epilogues, pp. 141-45. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 39-40): All the preceding Plays, being the chief that were Acted in Dorset-Garden, from November 1671, to the Year 1682; at which time the Patentees of each Company United Patents; and by so Incorporating the Duke's Company were made the King's Company, and immediately remov'd to the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane. Upon this Union, Mr Hart being the Heart of the Company under Mr Killigrew's Patent never Acted more, by reason of his Malady; being Afflicted with the Stone and Gravel, of which he Dy'd some time after: Having a Sallary of 40 Shillings a Week to the Day of his Death. But the Remnant of that Company; as, Major Mohun, Mr Cartwright, Mr Kynaston, Mr Griffin, Mr Goodman, Mr Duke Watson, Mr Powel, Sr, Mr Wiltshire, Mrs Corey, Mrs Bowtell, Mrs Cook, Mrs Montfort. [Joined the new company]. Note, now Mr Monfort and Mr Carlile, were grown to the Maturity of good Actors. The mixt Company then Reviv'd the several old and Modern Plays, that were the Propriety of Mr Killigrew, as Rule a Wife, and have a Wife: Mr Betterton Acting Michael Perez; Don Leon, Mr Smith, Cacofogo, Mr Cartwright: Margaretta, Mrs Barry: Estiphania, Mrs Cook. Next, @The Scornful Lady.@The Plain Dealer.@The Mock Astrologer.@The Jovial Crew.@The Beggars Bush.@Bartholomew-Fair.@The Moor of Venice.@Rollo.@The Humorous Lieutenant.@The Double Marriage.@ With divers others. George Powell, Preface to The Treacherous Brothers (1690): The Time was, upon the uniting of the Two Theatres, that the Reviveing of the old stock of Plays, so ingrost the study of the House, that the Poets lay dorment; and a new Play cou'd hardly get admittance, amongst the more precious pieces of Antiquity, that then waited to walk the Stage. Cibber, Apology, ed. Lowe, I, 95-96): I shall content myself with telling you that Mohun and Hart now growing old [for, above thirty Years before this Time, they had severally born the King's Commission of Major and Captain in the Civil Wars), and the younger Actors, as Goodman, Clark, and others, being impatient to get into their Parts, and growing intractable, the Audiences too of both Houses then falling off, the Patentees of each, by the King's Advice, which perhaps amounted to a Command, united their Interests and both Companies into one, exclusive of all others in the Year 1682. This Union was, however, so much in favour of the Duke's Company, that Hart left the Stage upon it, and Mohun survived not long after


Mainpiece Title: Title Unknown

Performance Comment: Prologue To the and $Queen">King and $Queen At the Opening of Their Theatre by Mr Dryden-Mr Batterton; Epilogue by the same Authour-Mr Smith.
Event Comment: Rich's Company. The date of the premiere is not known, but Dryden, writing on 14 Dec. 1699, indicates that this play had had its first performance by that date. The Dedication is dated 10 Jan. 1699@1700, and the play was advertised in the Post Boy, 20-23 Jan. 1699@1700. Preface, Edition of 1700: Another difficulty this Play labour'd under, was its being acted at a time when the whole Town was so much, and so justly diverted by the Trip to the Jubilee. When the play was revised and reprinted in 1714, the new edition--The Victim; or Achilles and Iphigenia in Aulis--indicates that The Invocation to Diana in the last act was set by Gottfreid Finger, the first verse being sung by Freeman, the second verse by Mrs Erwin, and the third verse by W. Pate. Advertisement, Edition of 1714: The following Tragedy...having been translated into English [from Racine], with considerable Additions, by Mr Boyer, and pass'd the Correction and Approbation of the late famous Mr Dryden, and several other Persons distinguish'd as well by their Wit and Learning, as by their Taste and Discernment, was acted with general Applause, towards the End of the Year 1699, and Beginning of 1700. The Reasons why this Excellent Play stopt, on a sudden, in a full Career, are, in some Measure, accounted for in Mr Boyer's Preface: To which he might have added, That the Dutchess of Marlborough, who at that Time bore an irresistable Sway, bespoke the Comedy then in Vogue [The Constant Couple], during the Ruin of Iphigenia in Aulis; And that this Tragedy receiv'd no small Prejudice, from the Person that acted Eriphyle [Mrs Wilkins], who sunk under the Weight of so great a Part. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), pp. 24-25: Sullen: Then comes the second Iphigenia in all her Charms, and like a superious Mistress was resolv'd to eclipse her Rival: No cast was spar'd by the Masters, nor toil by the Actors; the Town was bespoke in its favour, and all the Friends of this new Fletcher and Beaumont were ingaged to clap it. She appear'd, but what pity 'twas (as the Prefacer says) that a Play which had such a glorious run shou'd in four Days disappear, never to rise again. Oh! says Mr D@@, mine was acted six Days; and I'll hold you a hundred Pound--just what I got by't--How's that?, says Boyer--I say, Sir, that I'll hold you, or any Man, a hundred Pound, 'twill be acted again ten times this Winter. With that B@@ fell a laughing, and replies, Sir, says he, I'll stake my French Dictionary against your Criticisms on Blackmore, and that I think is odds enough--I say,"I'll hold you that Bet, that you did not get fifty Shillings by't, and that the House lost a hundred Pound. This had like to ha' made sad work; but all was well, for neither of 'em have been acted since, for they both sleep in everlasting Tranquillity. [See also pp. 23-25 for other remarks about the two Iphigenia plays.


Mainpiece Title: Achilles; Or, Iphigenia In Aulis

Performance Comment: Edition of 1700: Prologue by Tho. Cheek Esq-Mr Powell; Epilogue by Mr Motteux-Mr Norris; Eriphile-Mrs Wilkins.
Role: Cheek Esq Actor: Mr Powell
Role: Mr Motteux Actor: Mr Norris
Role: Eriphile Actor: Mrs Wilkins.
Event Comment: The United Company. Newdigate newsletters, 28 Nov. 1682: This day was Acted a new play called the Duke of Guise by Mr Dryden it was formerly forbidd as reflecting upon the D of Monmouth but by ye supplication of ye Author its now allowed to be acted (Wilson, Theatre Notes from the Newdigate Newsletters, p. 81). The Prologue and Epilogue, separately printed, bear Luttrell's date of acquisition (Huntington Library) as 4 Dec. 1682, but above this date Luttrell has written: "30 Nov." The Prologue and Epilogue are reprinted in Wiley, Rare Prologues and Epilogues, pp. 149-52. Dedication, Edition of 1683: In the Representation itself, it was persecuted with so notorious Malice by one side, that it secur'd us the Partiality of the other. In a report from the Abbe Rouchi, in London, 14 Dec. 1682, it is stated that the Duke of Guise was acted three times (Campana de Cavelli, Les Derniers Stuarts [Paris and London, 1871], I, 398). One song, Tell me Thyrsis all your anguish, with music by Captain Pack, is in the edition of 1683 and also in Choice Ayres and Songs, The Fourth Book, 1683


Mainpiece Title: The Duke Of Guise

Performance Comment: Edition of 1683: Prologue by Mr Dryden-Mr Smith; King-Kynaston; Guise-Betterton; Mayenne-Jevon; Crillon-Smith; Cardinal-Wiltshire; Archbishop-Perrin; Corso-Montfort; Polin-Bowman; Aumale-Carlile; Bussy-Saunders; Curate-Underhill; Malicorne-Percival; Melanax-Gillo; Sheriffs-Bright, Samford; Queen Mother-Lady Slingsby; Marmoutier-Mrs Barry; Epilogue by Mr Dryden-Mrs Cook; Another Epilogue Intended to have been Spoken to the Play before it was forbidden last Summer-.
Role: Mr Dryden Actor: Mr Smith
Role: King Actor: Kynaston
Role: Guise Actor: Betterton
Role: Mayenne Actor: Jevon
Role: Crillon Actor: Smith
Role: Cardinal Actor: Wiltshire
Role: Archbishop Actor: Perrin
Role: Corso Actor: Montfort
Role: Polin Actor: Bowman
Role: Aumale Actor: Carlile
Role: Bussy Actor: Saunders
Role: Curate Actor: Underhill
Role: Malicorne Actor: Percival
Role: Melanax Actor: Gillo
Role: Sheriffs Actor: Bright, Samford
Role: Queen Mother Actor: Lady Slingsby
Role: Marmoutier Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Mr Dryden Actor: Mrs Cook
Role: Another Epilogue Intended to have been Spoken to t Actor: .
Event Comment: Rich's Company. That this day was the premiere is implied by the Post Boy, 6-9 July 1700: This Day at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane, will be presented a New Comedy, never Acted before, called Courtship Alamode. Preface, Edition of 1700: This Play was so long expected e're it came into the World, that I'm oblig'd in Justice to my self, to excuse its appearance at at time when there were scarce Witnesses in Town of its Birth. It was enter'd in the other House [lif], where Mr Betterton did me all the Justice I cou'd indeed reasonably hope for. But that Example he gave, was not it seems to be follow'd by the whole Company, since 'tis known that Mr Bowman (I mention his Name to keep the reflection from other sharers) kept the first Character of my Play six weeks, and then cou'd hardly read six lines on't. How far that Way of management makes of late for the Interest and Honour of that House, is easie to be judg'd. Some who valu'd their reputations more, were indeed rarely or never absent. To these I gave my thanks; but finding that six or seven people cou'd not perform what was design'd for fifteen, I was oblig'd to remove it after so many sham Rehearsals, and in two days it got footing upon the other Stage [dl]. Where twas immediately cast to the best Advantage, and Plaid in less than twenty days. [In the Dedication Penkethman states that he saw the play into print after its being received well by the town.] A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1700), pp. 104-5: Ramble: Courtship Alamode, the Author, one Crawford, a Caledonian. Sullen: I remember it, and its Adventures; it was enter'd into the New-House, at the Recommendation of a certain Scotch Lord, and sojourning there six Months to no purpose, it travell'd afterwards to the Old-House, where it was with much ado Acted. Ramble: And Damn'd-there I was in with you


Mainpiece Title: Courtship A La Mode

Performance Comment: Edition of 1700: Prologue by Mr Farquhar-Mr Powell; Epilogue-Will. Pinkethman; Sir John Winmore-Powel; Capt. Bellair-Wilks; Sir Anthony Addle-Norris; Dick Addle-Pinkethman; Freelove-Mills; Alderman Chollerick-Johnson; Ned Chollerick-Toms; Willie-Bullock; Scowrer-Fairbank; Flora-Mrs Rogers; Melintha-Mrs Moor; Decoy-Mrs Powel; Timandra-Mrs Temple; Lucy-Mrs Kent; Betty-Mrs Baker.
Role: Mr Farquhar Actor: Mr Powell
Role: Epilogue Actor: Will. Pinkethman
Role: Sir John Winmore Actor: Powel
Role: Bellair Actor: Wilks
Role: Sir Anthony Addle Actor: Norris
Role: Dick Addle Actor: Pinkethman
Role: Freelove Actor: Mills
Role: Alderman Chollerick Actor: Johnson
Role: Ned Chollerick Actor: Toms
Role: Willie Actor: Bullock
Role: Scowrer Actor: Fairbank
Role: Flora Actor: Mrs Rogers
Role: Melintha Actor: Mrs Moor
Role: Decoy Actor: Mrs Powel
Role: Timandra Actor: Mrs Temple
Role: Lucy Actor: Mrs Kent
Role: Betty Actor: Mrs Baker.
Event Comment: The United Company. The date of the first performance is not precisely known, but the Gentleman's Journal, April 1693 (issued in May) states that it followed D'Urfey's comedy: And since that [The Richmond Heiress] another by Mr George Powell, call'd, a very good Wife, which hath already been acted five times (p. 130). It is likely that Powell's comedy first appeared late in April or very early in May. Dedication, Edition of 1693: The unexpected Success of this Play. A Comparison between the Two Stages (p. 16): Ramble: The next? Sullen: A very good Wife. Ramble: That's almost a Solaecism: whose is't? Sullen: Oh an excellent Author's! one George Powell's, the Player. Ramble. What was it's Fate? Sullen: Damn'd, damn'd, as it deserv'd


Mainpiece Title: A Very Good Wife

Performance Comment: Edition of 1693: Prologue [By Mr Congreve-Mr Hains; Epilogue-Mrs Knight; Courtwitt-Powell; Wellborn-Hodgson; Bonavent-Alexander [Verbruggen]; Squeezwit-Bowen; Venture-Bright; Hickman-Trafusis; Sneaksby-Hains; Aminadab-Cibber; Jeremy-Lee; Crack-Lawson; Annabella-Mrs Mountfort; Widow Lacy-Mrs Knight; Carroll-Mrs Lassels; Mrs Sneaksby-Mrs Lee.
Role: Mr Congreve Actor: Mr Hains
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Knight
Role: Courtwitt Actor: Powell
Role: Wellborn Actor: Hodgson
Role: Bonavent Actor: Alexander
Role: Squeezwit Actor: Bowen
Role: Venture Actor: Bright
Role: Hickman Actor: Trafusis
Role: Sneaksby Actor: Hains
Role: Aminadab Actor: Cibber
Role: Jeremy Actor: Lee
Role: Crack Actor: Lawson
Role: Annabella Actor: Mrs Mountfort
Role: Widow Lacy Actor: Mrs Knight
Role: Carroll Actor: Mrs Lassels
Role: Mrs Sneaksby Actor: Mrs Lee.
Event Comment: Mr Weedon's Entertainment. Benefit of the Ticket money for Poor Decay'd Gentlemen, and Maintenance of a School for the Education of Youth. The Subscribers and the best Places at 5s. The other Places at 2s. 6d. At Twelve Noon


Mainpiece Title: Concert

Entertainment: Divine Musick in Praise of Religion and Vertue-; both Vocal and instrumental, with new Anthems compos'd by Mr Blow; an Oration by Mr Collier; Pieces by Mr Tate, her Majesty's Poet Laureat. The edition of 1702 lists: The Introductory Poem Upon the Reformation of Poetry-Mr Tate Poet-Laureat to her Majesty; The First Anthem-, Compos'd by Dr Blow, and Sung in Westminster-Abbey, at Her Majesty's Coronation; The Oration-J. Collier/M.A.; The Second Anthem, Compos'd by Dr Blow: Te Deum Laudamus-; A Poem in Praise of Virtue- , Written by Mr Tate

Performance Comment: The edition of 1702 lists: The Introductory Poem Upon the Reformation of Poetry-Mr Tate Poet-Laureat to her Majesty; The First Anthem-, Compos'd by Dr Blow, and Sung in Westminster-Abbey, at Her Majesty's Coronation; The Oration-J. Collier/M.A.; The Second Anthem, Compos'd by Dr Blow: Te Deum Laudamus-; A Poem in Praise of Virtue- , Written by Mr Tate.
Event Comment: Benefit Corbett


Mainpiece Title: Concert

Music: Vocal and Instrumental Music-; Particularly a Sonata for a Flute and a Violin-Signior Gasperini, Mr Paisable; And likewise a Sonata for two Flutes-Mr Paisable, Mr Banister; the whole being entirely New. Margaretta Gallia mention'd in my former Bills, has since got a Cold, and is very much indispos'd, therefore will not venture to Sing; but in her room Several Pieces of the late Mr Henry Purcell-Mrs Lindsey, Mrs Hudson, Mr Hughes, Mr Laroone

Performance Comment: Margaretta Gallia mention'd in my former Bills, has since got a Cold, and is very much indispos'd, therefore will not venture to Sing; but in her room Several Pieces of the late Mr Henry Purcell-Mrs Lindsey, Mrs Hudson, Mr Hughes, Mr Laroone.
Event Comment: Rich's Company. The date of the first production is not known, but A Comparison between the Two Stages (1702) (pp. 21-23) implies that this work preceded Rinaldo and Armida (performed at lif probably in November 1698). The Island Princess was not published until 1699 (the Masque being advertised in the Post Boy, 7-9 Feb. 1698@9, and the Opera in the Flying Post, 7-9 March 1698@9). A Comparison between the Two Stages (1702), pp. 21-22: Sullen: The old House have a Bawble offer'd 'em, made out of Fletcher's Island Princess, sometime after alter'd by Mr Tate, and now erected into an Opera by Motteux: The Actors labour at this like so many Galley Slaves at an Oar, they call in the Fiddle, the Voice, the Painter, and the Carpenter to help 'em; and what neither the Poet nor the Player cou'd do, the Mechanick must do for him:...but as I was saying-the Opera now possesses the Stage, and after a hard struggle, at length it prevail'd, and something more than Charges came in every Night: The Quality, who are always Lovers of good Musick, flock hither, and by almost a total revolt from the other House, give this new Life, and set it in some eminency above the New; this was a sad mortification to the old Stagers in Lincolns-Inn-fields. For a poem, The Confederates; or the first Happy Day of the Island Princess, see Poem on Affairs of State, 1703, II, 248-50


Mainpiece Title: The Island Princess; Or, The Generous Portuguese

Performance Comment: The performers are listed in Add. MSS. 15, 318, and in a printed version, The Four Seasons; or, Love in every Age (1699). These two sources are essentially similar, but as they occasionally supplement each other, the following is a composite of the two sources: Prologue-Mr Powell; The Epilogue-Penkethman, Mrs Rogers; Prologue to The Four Seasons-Mr Leveridge; Armusia-Powell; Ruidias-Mills; Piniero-Thomas; King of Tidero-Evans; Governor or Tyrant-Johnson; King of Bokam-Bullock; Prince of Syana-Mrs Kent; Quisara-Mrs Rogers; Panura-Mrs Wilkins; Act II: A Masque The Music by Daniel Purcel. The Words fitted to the Notes by the Author-Leveridge, Freeman, Pate, Miss Campion, Magnus's Boy, Miss Lindsey; Act III: A Song set by Daniel Purcell-; Act IV: A Dialogue between a Clown and his Wife set by Leveridge-Pate, Leveridge; An Incantation set by Mr D. Purcell-Bowen, Freeman, Pate; The Enthusiastick Song Set by Mr Leveridge-Mr Leveridge; Act V: The Four Seasons Set by Mr Jeremy Clarke-Leveridge, Freeman, Miss Campion, Magnus's Boy, Miss Lindsey, Pate, Crossfield.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The Prologue and Epilogue, separately printed, bear Luttrell's date of acquisition, 21 April 1682 (Huntington Library), and have been reprinted in Wiley, Rare Prologues and Epilogues, pp. 102-05. The Prologue and Epilogue were advertised in The Observator, 27 April 1682, with the statement: Recommended to All Men of Sense and Loyalty


Mainpiece Title: Venice Preserv'd

Performance Comment: See16820209, but Prologue To His Royal Highness Upon His first appearance at the Duke's Theatre since his Return from Scotland. Written by Mr Dryden-Mr Smith; The Epilogue Written by Mr Otway to his Play call'd Venice Preserv'd; or a Plot Discover'd; Spoken upon his Royal Highness the Duke of York's coming to the Theatre, Friday, April 21, 1682-. The Epilogue Written by Mr Otway to his Play call'd Venice Preserv'd; or a Plot Discover'd; Spoken upon his Royal Highness the Duke of York's coming to the Theatre, Friday, April 21, 1682-.
Role: Mr Dryden Actor: Mr Smith
Event Comment: Rich's Company. The date of the premiere is not known, but the fact that the play was advertised in the London Gazette, No. 3130, 7-11 Nov. 1695, suggests that it was acted not later than October 1695, although the first production may have been earlier than that. Part of the music was composed by Henry Purcell: Celia has a thousand charms, sung by Young Bowen; Take not a woman's anger ill, sung by Leveridge; and How happy is she, sung by Miss Cross; all are in Deliciae Musicae, The Third Book, 1696. See also Purcell's Works, Purcell Society, XXI (1917), x-xi. Another song, To me you made a thousand vows, set by John Blow, is in Amphion Anglicus, 1700. Dedication, Edition of 1696: I...found so much interrutpion and discouragement from some prejudic'd Gentlemen, who ought to have us'd me better, or, at least, had no reason to use me ill, that I repented I had bestow'd any time upon it....In spite of 'em, my Lord, it was kindly receiv'd, and that too, at a time when the Town was never thinner of Nobility and Gentry


Mainpiece Title: The Rival Sisters; Or, The Violence Of Love

Performance Comment: Edition of 1696: Prologue by Mr D'Urfey-Mr Horden; Epilogue by Mr D'Urfey-Mr Verbruggen who enters laughing; Vilarezo-Dizny; Sebastian-Verbruggen; Antonio-Powel Jr; Alonzo-Williams; Vilander-Horden; Gerardo-Johnson; Diego-Tho. Kent; Catalina-Mrs Knight; Berinthia-Mrs Rogers; Alphanta-Miss Cross; Ansilva-Mrs Verbruggen; Julia-Mrs Seagrove; Clara-Mrs Newman.
Role: Mr D'Urfey Actor: Mr Horden
Role: Mr D'Urfey Actor: Mr Verbruggen who enters laughing
Role: Vilarezo Actor: Dizny
Role: Sebastian Actor: Verbruggen
Role: Antonio Actor: Powel Jr
Role: Alonzo Actor: Williams
Role: Vilander Actor: Horden
Role: Gerardo Actor: Johnson
Role: Diego Actor: Tho. Kent
Role: Catalina Actor: Mrs Knight
Role: Berinthia Actor: Mrs Rogers
Role: Alphanta Actor: Miss Cross
Role: Ansilva Actor: Mrs Verbruggen
Role: Julia Actor: Mrs Seagrove
Role: Clara Actor: Mrs Newman.
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first performance is not known, but the Prologue refers to The World in the Moon, suggesting a premiere during (or shortly after) the run of that opera. Since The Innocent Mistress was advertised in the Post Boy, 29-31 July 1697, this fact points also to a late June premiere. A song, When I languished and wished, set by John Eccles and sung by Mrs Hodgson, is in Wit and Mirth, Second Edition, 1707. Gildon, English Dramatick Poets, p. iii: This is a diverting Play, and met with good Success, tho' acted in the hot Season of the Year. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), p. 20: Tho' the Title calls this Innocent, yet it deserves to be Damn'd for its Obscenity


Mainpiece Title: The Innocent Mistress

Performance Comment: Edition of 1697: Sir Charles Beauclair-Betterton; Sir Francis Wildlove-Verbruggen; Searchwell-Knap; Beaumont-Hodgson; Spendall-Bowman; Lyonell-Freeman; Cheatall-Bowen; Gentil-Harris; Flywife-Underhill; Bellinda-Mrs Barry; Mrs Beauclair-Mrs Bracegirdle; Arabella-Mrs Prince; Lady Beauclair-Mrs Lee; Peggy-Mrs Howard; Eugenia-Mrs Lawson; Dresswell-Mrs DuQua; Mrs Flywife-Mrs Lassel; Jenny-Mrs Willis; Prologue by Mr Motteux-Mr Verbruggen; Epilogue by Mr Motteux-Mr Scudamore.
Role: Sir Charles Beauclair Actor: Betterton
Role: Sir Francis Wildlove Actor: Verbruggen
Role: Searchwell Actor: Knap
Role: Beaumont Actor: Hodgson
Role: Spendall Actor: Bowman
Role: Lyonell Actor: Freeman
Role: Cheatall Actor: Bowen
Role: Gentil Actor: Harris
Role: Flywife Actor: Underhill
Role: Bellinda Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Mrs Beauclair Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Arabella Actor: Mrs Prince
Role: Lady Beauclair Actor: Mrs Lee
Role: Peggy Actor: Mrs Howard
Role: Eugenia Actor: Mrs Lawson
Role: Dresswell Actor: Mrs DuQua
Role: Mrs Flywife Actor: Mrs Lassel
Role: Jenny Actor: Mrs Willis
Role: Mr Motteux Actor: Mr Verbruggen
Role: Epilogue by Mr Motteux Actor: Mr Scudamore.
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the premiere is not known. The Dedication to the play, written in Rome, is dated 20 Aug. 1695 N.S., and advertisement of the play in the London Gazette, No 3200, 9-13 July 1696, represent the limits on its production. In a letter, dated (probably) November 1695, Dryden refers to the forthcoming appearance of his son's play, and on 26 May 1696 he negotiates with Tonson for its publication (Letters of John Dryden, pp. 79, 82). Probably the play appeared early in 1696, and certainly not much later than April 1696. John Barnard, The Dates of Six Dryden Letters, Philological Quarterly, XLII (1963), 400-401, believes that Dryden's letter was written ca. 26 May 1695 and that the play was probably acted in late 1695


Mainpiece Title: The Husband His Own Cuckold

Performance Comment: Edition of 1696: Prologue by Mr Congreve-Mr Betterton; Epilogue-Mrs Bracegirdle by Mr Dryden.
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first production is not known, but the Prologue refers to "this Winter," suggesting a date before March 1700. A song, Ah Belinda I am pressed, in this play, appeared in Orpheus Britannica, 1698, the music by Henry Purcell, who had died some years before its appearance in this collection. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), pp. 26-27, referring to the rivalry between lif and dl in reviving Shakespeare and Jonson: The Battel continued a long time doubtful, and Victory hovering over both Camps, Batterton Sollicts for some Auxiliaries from the same Author, and then he flanks his Enemy with Measure for Measure


Mainpiece Title: Measure For Measure; Or, Beauty The Best Advocate

Performance Comment: Edition of 1700: Prologue by Mr Oldmixon-Mr Betterton; Epilogue-; Shakespear's Ghost-Mr Verbruggen; Duke of Savoy-Arnold; Angelo-Betterton; Escalus-Berry; Claudio-Verbrugen; Lucio-Baile; Balthazar-Pack; Provost-Freeman; Isabella-Mrs Bracegirdle; Julietta-Mrs Bowman; Mariana-Mrs Prince.
Role: Mr Oldmixon Actor: Mr Betterton
Role: Epilogue Actor:
Role: Shakespear's Ghost Actor: Mr Verbruggen
Role: Duke of Savoy Actor: Arnold
Role: Angelo Actor: Betterton
Role: Escalus Actor: Berry
Role: Claudio Actor: Verbrugen
Role: Lucio Actor: Baile
Role: Balthazar Actor: Pack
Role: Provost Actor: Freeman
Role: Isabella Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Julietta Actor: Mrs Bowman
Role: Mariana Actor: Mrs Prince.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the first performance is not known, but a copy in the British Museum (161 d 20) has a MS date, 27 Jan. 1681@2, and the play was advertised in True Protestant Mercury, 4-8 Feb. 1681@2; hence it was probably first presented in early January, perhaps late in 1681


Mainpiece Title: Mr Turbulent; Or, The Melanchollicks

Performance Comment: Edition of 1682: Timothy Turbulent-Underhil; Furnish-Jevon; Hangby-Gillow; Grin Sneak-Norris; Finical Cringe-Nokes; Rabsheka Sly-Bowman; Abednego Suck Thumb-Anthony Leigh; Fairlove-Williams; Friendly-Wiltsher; Dr Quibus-Peircival; Pollux-Richards; Mrs Turbulent-Mrs Norris; Lady Medler-Mrs Currer; Lucia-Lady Slingsby; Priscilla-Mrs Price; Mrs Sly-Mrs Osborn; The Prologue-Lady Slingsby; The Epilogue-Mr Turbulent.
Role: Timothy Turbulent Actor: Underhil
Role: Furnish Actor: Jevon
Role: Hangby Actor: Gillow
Role: Grin Sneak Actor: Norris
Role: Finical Cringe Actor: Nokes
Role: Rabsheka Sly Actor: Bowman
Role: Abednego Suck Thumb Actor: Anthony Leigh
Role: Fairlove Actor: Williams
Role: Friendly Actor: Wiltsher
Role: Dr Quibus Actor: Peircival
Role: Pollux Actor: Richards
Role: Mrs Turbulent Actor: Mrs Norris
Role: Lady Medler Actor: Mrs Currer
Role: Lucia Actor: Lady Slingsby
Role: Priscilla Actor: Mrs Price
Role: Mrs Sly Actor: Mrs Osborn
Role: The Prologue Actor: Lady Slingsby
Role: The Epilogue Actor: Mr Turbulent.
Event Comment: The United Company. The date of the first performance is not known, but Luttrell dated his copy of the separately-printed Prologue and Epilogue 5 April 1684 (J. W. Dodds, Thomas Southerne, p. 48). Very probably the play first appeared during the week of 31 March-5 April, immediately following Easter. The Prologue and Epilogue are reprinted in Wiley, Rare Prologues and Epilogues, pp. 191-94. This may have been the last new role William Smith undertook for some years; see Cibber, Apology, ed. Lowe, 1, 78-79, for the incident which prompted Smith's leaving the stage for awhile. One song, I never saw a face till now, with music by Captain Pack, is in The Theater of Music, the First Book, 1685; and another, O why did e'er my thoughts aspire, the music by R. King, is in the same collection. A third song, See how fair Corinna lies, the music by Captain Pack, is in A Collection of Twenty-Four Songs, 1685


Mainpiece Title: The Disappointment; Or, The Mother In Fashion

Performance Comment: Edition of 1684: Alphonso-Betterton; Lorenzo-Smith; Alberto-Wilshire; Lesbino-Carlisle; Rogero-Leigh; Erminia-Mrs Cook; Juliana-Mrs Percival; Angelline-Mrs Knight; Her Supposed Mother-Mrs Corey; Clara-Mrs Leigh; The Prologue by Mr John Dryden-Mr Betterton; The Epilogue by the Honourable John Stafford, Esq-.
Role: Alphonso Actor: Betterton
Role: Lorenzo Actor: Smith
Role: Alberto Actor: Wilshire
Role: Lesbino Actor: Carlisle
Role: Rogero Actor: Leigh
Role: Erminia Actor: Mrs Cook
Role: Juliana Actor: Mrs Percival
Role: Angelline Actor: Mrs Knight
Role: Her Supposed Mother Actor: Mrs Corey
Role: Clara Actor: Mrs Leigh
Role: Mr John Dryden Actor: Mr Betterton
Role: Esq Actor: .
Event Comment: The United Company. The date of the premiere is not certain, but reference to it in the Gentleman's Journal, May 1693 (issued in June 1693), suggests that it appeared in May: We have had since my last a new Comedy called, The Female Vertuosos, something in it was borrowed from Moliere's Femmes Savantes, and as it hath Wit and Humour, it cannot but please in the perusal, as in the representation (p. 168). One song, Love thou art best of human joys, to words by Anne, Countess of Winchelsea, was set by Henry Purcell


Mainpiece Title: The Female Vertuosos

Performance Comment: Edition of 1693: Prologue by Mr Doggett-Mr Doggett; Sir Maurice Meanwell-Underhill; Meanwell-Hodgson; Sir Timothy Witless-Bright; Wittless-Doggett; Sir Maggot Jingle-Bowman; Clerimont-Powell; Trap-Bowen; Bully-Hains; Lady Meanwell-Mrs Leigh; Lovewitt-Mrs Knight; Mariana-Mrs Bracegirdle; Catchat-Mrs Mountfort; Lucy-Mrs Rogers; The Epilogue-Mrs Catchat.
Role: Mr Doggett Actor: Mr Doggett
Role: Sir Maurice Meanwell Actor: Underhill
Role: Meanwell Actor: Hodgson
Role: Sir Timothy Witless Actor: Bright
Role: Wittless Actor: Doggett
Role: Sir Maggot Jingle Actor: Bowman
Role: Clerimont Actor: Powell
Role: Trap Actor: Bowen
Role: Bully Actor: Hains
Role: Lady Meanwell Actor: Mrs Leigh
Role: Lovewitt Actor: Mrs Knight
Role: Mariana Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Catchat Actor: Mrs Mountfort
Role: Lucy Actor: Mrs Rogers
Role: The Epilogue Actor: Mrs Catchat.
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the premiere is not known, but the fact that the play was advertised in the London Gazette, 4-7 July 1698, suggests that the first performance occurred not later than late May or early June 1698


Mainpiece Title: Fatal Friendship

Performance Comment: Edition of 1698: Prologue by Mr Harman-Mr Bowen; Count Roquelaure-Kynaston; Gramont-Betterton; Castalio-Verbruggen; Bellgard-Thurmond; Bernardo-Arnold; Lamira-Mrs Barry; Felicia-Mrs Bracegirdle; Marian-Mrs Martin.
Role: Mr Harman Actor: Mr Bowen
Role: Count Roquelaure Actor: Kynaston
Role: Gramont Actor: Betterton
Role: Castalio Actor: Verbruggen
Role: Bellgard Actor: Thurmond
Role: Bernardo Actor: Arnold
Role: Lamira Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Felicia Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Marian Actor: Mrs Martin.
Event Comment: At the most Excellent Musick-Room of Richmond Wells. At 3 p.m. Tickets 5s


Mainpiece Title: Concert

Music: Mr Abell; having had the Honour lately, to Sing to the Nobility and Gentry of Richmond and the Neighbouring Towns, thinks himself bound in return his most Humble Thanks with a Performance of New Musick, in English, Latin, Italian, French-Mr Abell; &c....being Honour'd and Accompany'd-the Greatest Masters of Europe

Performance Comment: return his most Humble Thanks with a Performance of New Musick, in English, Latin, Italian, French-Mr Abell; &c....being Honour'd and Accompany'd-the Greatest Masters of Europe.
Event Comment: Benefit Cibber. At the Desire of several Ladies of Quality


Mainpiece Title: The Tender Husband

Performance Comment: See17100105, but Biddy-Mrs Oldfield; With a new Mimical Prologue-; an Epilogue representing the Person of Nobody, by Mr Cibber-Mr Cibber.
Role: Biddy Actor: Mrs Oldfield
Role: With a new Mimical Prologue Actor:
Role: Mr Cibber Actor: Mr Cibber.
Event Comment: Benefit D'Urfey


Mainpiece Title: The Richmond Heiress

Performance Comment: And at the Desire of several Persons of Quality, and to Entertain them and others of his Friends, there will be a New Oration by way of Prologue by Mr Durfey-Mr Durfey.
Role: Mr Durfey Actor: Mr Durfey.

Song: Variety of Songs-

Event Comment: Benefit Hippisley. For the better Accommodation of the Ladies, the Stage will be enclosed into an Amphitheatre, and formed into Boxes. Receipts: money #68 3s.; seals #135 11s. (Account Book); #202 (Rylands MS.). [According to the Account Book, Hippisley was charged #20 for his benefit.


Mainpiece Title: The Old Batchelor

Performance Comment: As17410119, but Heartwell-Rosco; Lucy-Mrs Mullart; With a new Epilogue made by Mr Hippisley-Mr Hippisley on Himself.
Role: Heartwell Actor: Rosco
Role: Lucy Actor: Mrs Mullart
Role: Mr Hippisley Actor: Mr Hippisley on Himself.
Role: Vainlove Actor: Gibson
Role: Fondlewife Actor: Hippisley
Role: Barnaby Actor: Bencraft.
Role: Bellmour Actor: Ryan
Role: Sharper Actor: Hale
Role: Setter Actor: Jones
Role: Sir Joseph Actor: Neale
Role: Bluff Actor: Mullart
Role: Belinda Actor: Mrs Bellamy
Role: Araminta Actor: Mrs Hale
Role: Sylvia Actor: Mrs Vincent
Role: Laetitia Actor: Mrs Woffington

Afterpiece Title: The Tragedy of Tragedies; or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great

Performance Comment: Tom Thumb-Master Hippisley; King Arthur-Mullart; Grizzle-Hallam; Queen Dollalolla-Mrs Mullart; Huncamunca-Mrs Woodward.
Role: Tom Thumb Actor: Master Hippisley
Role: King Arthur Actor: Mullart
Role: Grizzle Actor: Hallam
Role: Queen Dollalolla Actor: Mrs Mullart
Role: Huncamunca Actor: Mrs Woodward.

Dance: IItalian Peasants-Desnoyer, Signora Barberini; Wooden Shoe Dance-Mechel

Music: V: Handel's Water@Musick, a Preamble on the Kettle Drums-Jo. Woodbridge

Performance Comment: Woodbridge.
Event Comment: Paid 3 days Salary List at #86 15s. 6d. per diem #260 6s. 6d.; Mr Bransby on note #20; Sg Como, Sga Crespi, and Sg Demaria 3 days each not on list, #4 3s. 3d.; Mr J. French on Act #20; 2 pair dancer's shoes 14s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #267 18s. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: Every Man In His Humour

Performance Comment: Kitely-Garrick; Young Knowell-J. Aickin; Wellbred-Jefferson; Cash-Brereton, first time; Bridget-Mrs Davies; Bobadil-King; Justice Clement-Hartry; Cob-Moody; Mrs Kitely-Miss Younge; Brainworm-Baddeley; Downright-Bransby; Tib-Mrs Bradshaw; Mr Stephen-Weston; Mr Matthew-W. Palmer; Old Knowell-Hurst.
Role: Kitely Actor: Garrick
Role: Young Knowell Actor: J. Aickin
Role: Wellbred Actor: Jefferson
Role: Cash Actor: Brereton, first time
Role: Bridget Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: Bobadil Actor: King
Role: Justice Clement Actor: Hartry
Role: Cob Actor: Moody
Role: Mrs Kitely Actor: Miss Younge
Role: Brainworm Actor: Baddeley
Role: Downright Actor: Bransby
Role: Tib Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Mr Stephen Actor: Weston
Role: Mr Matthew Actor: W. Palmer
Role: Old Knowell Actor: Hurst.

Afterpiece Title: Polly Honeycomb

Performance Comment: Mr Honeycomb-Parsons; Scribble-Dodd; Ledger-Bransby; Mrs Honeycomb-Mrs Johnston; Polly-Miss Pope; Nurse-Mrs Bradshaw.
Role: Mr Honeycomb Actor: Parsons
Role: Scribble Actor: Dodd
Role: Ledger Actor: Bransby
Role: Mrs Honeycomb Actor: Mrs Johnston
Role: Polly Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Nurse Actor: Mrs Bradshaw.

Dance: End: The Mountaineers, as17730930 Como, Sga Crespi (2nd appearance)