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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
Role: Queen Actor: Mrs Reddish
Role: Singing Actor: Mrs Scott.

Afterpiece Title: The Elopement

Dance: III: Comic Dance, as17701025

Event Comment: Mrs Barry, not being yet sufficiently recover'd of her Indisposition to undertake a Character of so much Exertion as Alicia, The Play of Jane Shore is oblig'd to be deferr'd till Saturday


Mainpiece Title: Othello

Performance Comment: Othello-Barry; Iago-Bensley; Roderigo-Woodward; Cassio-Lewis, first time; Brabantio-Hull; Lodovico-Whitefield; Montano-Davis; Duke-L'Estrange; Gratiano-Fearon; Emilia-Mrs Mattocks, first time; Desdemona-Mrs Barry.
Role: Othello Actor: Barry
Role: Emilia Actor: Mrs Mattocks, first time
Role: Desdemona Actor: Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: The Golden Pippin

Role: Venus Actor: Mrs Mattocks
Role: Pallas Actor: Mrs Baker
Event Comment: great applause to the Play (Hopkins Diary). Mainpiece: A tragedy never before acted [by Mrs Celisia]. Prologue (by Whitehead)-Reddish; Epilogue (by Garrick)-Mrs Barry. New Scenes, Dresses and Decorations (Winston MS 10). [The Gentleman's Magazine for Feb. reviewed the mainpiece in great detail, concluding: "A combat between two knights in the days of chivalry and honour, not to determine whether a person accused is innocent or guilty, but whether a person under the infamy of acknowledged guilt shall suffer, is, as the Scotch peasant says emphatically of his pupil, a phenomenon. It is, however, but justice to Mrs Barry, to say, that in performing the part allotted her in this piece, she rises like perfection out of chaos, and therefore those who have not yet seen it represented should by no means be deterred by these strictures on the composition, supposing them to be just."


Mainpiece Title: Almida

Performance Comment: Parts-Barry, Reddish, Aickin, Palmer, J. Aickin, Inchbald, Mrs W. Barry, Mrs Barry. Prologue-Reddish; Epilogue-Mrs Barry; Tancred-Barry; Arnolph-Reddish; Orbassan-Aickin; Catanio-Palmer; Loredan-J. Aickin; Aldamon-Inchbald; Sophia-Mrs W. Barry; Almida-Mrs Barry (Genest, V, 205).

Afterpiece Title: The Lyar

Role: Kitty Actor: Mrs Millidge
Role: Miss Grantham Actor: Mrs Jeffries.
Event Comment: Mainpiece: A New Tragedy never performed before. This Tragedy was written by Mr Murphy & has great Merit, it is very carefully got up & well perform'd, & receiv'd uncommon Applause Mrs Barry Display great Tragick powers & receiv'd the vast Applause She merited--She will gain great Reputation in the part (Hopkins Diary). New Scenes, Dresses, Decorations. Theatrical Review, 26 Feb.: Mrs Barry rose beyond herself, if we may be allowed the expression, in the laborious Character of Euphrasia....The scenes and decorations were well adapted to the importance of the piece. The representation of the city of Syracusev, with a view of the sea; and the Temple scene, with the mausoleum, in particular are extremely well executed, and do credit to the theatre, and honor to the artists who designed and painted them. Paid two notes for Mr J. Aickin, per order #12 1s. 8d. (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #251 7s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: The Grecian Daughter

Performance Comment: Parts by Barry, Reddish, Aickin, Palmer, J. Aickin, Paker, Hurst, Davies, Inchbald, Wheeler, Griffith, Miss Platt, Mrs Barry. Prologue-; Epilogue-; Evander-Barry; Dionysius-Palmer; Philotus-Reddish; Melanthon-Aickin; Phocion-J. Aickin; Euphrasia-Mrs Barry; Greek Herald-Packer; Arcas-Hurst; Greek Soldier-Davies; Calippus-Inchbald; Officers-Wheeler, Griffith; Erixene-Miss Platt (Genest, V, 323).
Role: Evander Actor: Barry
Role: Euphrasia Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: Thomasand Sally

Role: Dorcas Actor: Mrs Love
Role: Sally Actor: Mrs Scott
Event Comment: Mainpiece: [a tragedy by Alexander Dow]: Never acted before. New Scenes, Dresses and Decorations. This Play was receiv'd with very great Applause Mrs Barry Play'd finely & the Scenes were applauded (Hopkins Diary). Rec'd Stopages #4 12s. 6d. Paid 4 days salary list #348 14s. 8d. Mr King's extra salary #2 (Treasurer's Book). Receipts: #238 19s. 6d. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: Sethona

Performance Comment: Principal parts by Barry, Reddish, J. Aickin, Davies, Wheeler, Aickin, Packer, Wright, Keen, Mrs Barry. Prologue-Reddish; Epilogue-Mrs Barry; Serapis-Barry; Menes-Reddish; Amasis-Aickin; Orus-J. Aickin; Otanes-Packer; Myrtaeus-Davies; Officers-Wright, Wheeler, Keen; Sethona-Mrs Barry (Genest V, 403).
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Serapis Actor: Barry
Role: Sethona Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Mayor of Garratt

Role: Mrs Bruin Actor: Miss Platt
Role: Mrs Sneak Actor: Miss Pope.
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

Performance Comment: Quidnunc-Baddeley; Pamphlet-Moody; Razor-Weston; Feeble-Parsons; Rovewell-Davies; Bellmour-Wheeler; Harriet-Mrs Davies; Termagant-Mrs Egerton.
Role: Harriet Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: Termagant Actor: Mrs Egerton.

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

Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry, who humbly requests those ladies and gentlemen who have taken places in the Pit, will be pleased to come early to prevent confusion in getting to their seats. Tickets deliver'd for Thursday March 24, will be taken. Mainpiece: Not acted these 16 years. [See 8 Dec. 1757.] [Hopkins MS Notes identifies Ismena as Mrs I. Barry.] Pit and boxes laid together. Paid Properties #1 15s. 2d. Housekeeper's bill #6 10s. 6d.; 1 yrs Watch for St Martin's to 14 Feb. last #10 16s. 9d. Receipts: #273 13s. Charges: #65 2s. Profits to Mrs Barry: #208 11s. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: Phaedra And Hippolitus

Performance Comment: Theseus-Barry; Hippolitus-Reddish; Lycon-Palmer; Cratander-Davies; Guards-Wheeler, Everard; Lady-Miss Platt; Ismena-Young Gentlewoman, first appearance on the stage; Phaedra-Mrs Barry.
Role: Theseus Actor: Barry
Role: Phaedra Actor: Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: The Ladies Frolick

Role: Meriel Actor: Mrs Hunt
Role: Rachel Actor: Mrs Wrighten, first time

Dance: V: The Irish Fair, as17730918

Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. Part of pit laid into boxes. ["On 25 March Mrs Baddeley set off for Dublin, induced by her husband's behaviour" (Winston MS 10, from Dr Burney's News Clippings). But she was advertised as singing the part of Rhodope in the afterpiece the night of the twenty-sixth.


Mainpiece Title: Zenobia

Performance Comment: Rhadamistus-Barry; Pharasmanes-Aickin; Megistus-Jefferson; Zopiron-Packer; Tigranes-Hurst; Teribazus-Palmer, first time; Zenobia-Mrs Barry; Zelmira-Mrs W. Barry; Attendants-Miss Platt, Mrs Smith.
Role: Rhadamistus Actor: Barry
Role: Zenobia Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Zelmira Actor: Mrs W. Barry
Role: Attendants Actor: Miss Platt, Mrs Smith.

Afterpiece Title: A Peep behind the Curtain

Role: Rhodope Actor: Mrs Baddeley
Role: Sweepers Actor: Mrs Bradshaw, Mrs Love
Role: Lady Fuz Actor: Mrs Hopkins.

Dance: V: Comic Dance, as17690926

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

Performance Comment: Gamester-Reddish; Stukely-Palmer; Jarvis-Aickin; Bates-Packer; Dawson-J. Aickin; Lewson-Cautherly; Mrs Beverly-Miss Younge; Charlotte-Miss Mansell.
Role: Mrs Beverly Actor: Miss Younge

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

Performance Comment: M Le Medicin-Baddeley; Crispin-Dodd; Old Gerald-Parsons; Young Gerald-Wheeler; Martin-W. Palmer; Doctor's Wife-Mrs Bradshaw; Angelica-Miss Platt; Beatrice-Mrs Love.
Role: Doctor's Wife Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Beatrice Actor: Mrs Love.
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-Mrs 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
Role: Serina Actor: Mrs Boteler
Role: Florella Actor: Mrs Osborn
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: Cratisiclea Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Cleora Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Cassandra Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle.
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: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Almeria Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Zara Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Leonora Actor: Mrs Boman.
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: Eriphile Actor: Mrs Mattocks
Role: Clytemnestra Actor: Mrs Jackson
Role: Aegina Actor: Mrs Whitfield
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: 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

Role: Celia Actor: Mrs Baddeley, 1st time
Role: Audrey Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Rosalind Actor: Mrs Dancer.

Afterpiece Title: The Absent Man

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

Dance: I: The Wake, as17680220

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: Olivia Actor: Mrs Hartley
Role: Maria Actor: Mrs Wilson
Role: Viola Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Two Misers

Role: Jenny Actor: Mrs Mattocks

Dance: As17770125

Song: I: song-Mrs Farrell

Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. Mainpiece: By Particular Desire. Afterpiece: By Desire. Last time of performing till the Holidays. Tickets for Isabella will be taken. Part of pit laid into boxes


Mainpiece Title: The Fair Penitent

Performance Comment: Horatio-Barry; Lothario-Holland; Sciolto-Aickin; Altamont-Packer; Rossano-Ackman; Lucilla-Mrs Johnston; Lavinia-Mrs Stephens; Calista-Mrs Barry.
Role: Horatio Actor: Barry
Role: Lucilla Actor: Mrs Johnston
Role: Lavinia Actor: Mrs Stephens
Role: Calista Actor: Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: A Peep behind the Curtain

Role: Rhodope Actor: Mrs Baddeley.
Role: Sweepers Actor: Mrs Bradshaw, Mrs Love
Role: Lady Fuz Actor: Mrs Clive.

Dance: V: New Comic Dance, as17681210

Event Comment: MMr Barry's 1st appearance this season.--A quarrel in the Green Room between Mrs Barry and Mr Aickin (Hopkins Diary)


Mainpiece Title: The Countess Of Salisbury

Performance Comment: Alwin-Barry; Raymond-Packer; Grey-Aickin; Morton-Palmer; Sir Ardolf-Hurst; Laroches-Strange; Lord William-Miss Collett; Peasant-Ackman; Knights-Keen, Fawcett, Fox; Eleanor-Mrs Reddish; Countess of Salisbury-Mrs Barry.
Role: Alwin Actor: Barry
Role: Eleanor Actor: Mrs Reddish
Role: Countess of Salisbury Actor: Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: The Elopement

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: Lady Faulconbridge Actor: Mrs Johnston
Role: Constance Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Male Coquette

Performance Comment: Daffodil-Dodd; Dizzy-Waldron; Spinner-Everard; Tukely-Davies; Lord Racket-Wrighten; Sir William Wright; Sir Tan Tivy-Wheeler; Rustle-Burton; Harry-Jacobs; Waiters-Ackman, W. Palmer; Mrs Dotteral-Mrs Davies; Widow Damply-Mrs Johnston; Lady Pewit-Mrs Bradshaw; Sophia-Mrs Greville, first time; Arabella-Miss Hopkins.
Event Comment: JJane Shore for the 1st time by Miss Younge--so, so--spoke much too low.--Mrs Barry was very well in Alicia (Hopkins Diary)


Mainpiece Title: Jane Shore

Performance Comment: Shore-Reddish; Hastings-Barry; Gloster-Love; Belmour-Packer; Darby-Hurst; Ratcliff-Ackman; Catesby-Strange; Jane Shore-Miss Younge, 1st time; Alicia-Mrs Barry, 1st time.
Role: Hastings Actor: Barry
Role: Alicia Actor: Mrs Barry, 1st time.

Afterpiece Title: Queen Mab

Role: Maid Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Colombine Actor: Mrs King.
Event Comment: This play is alter'd by Mr Cumberland was very well receiv'd Mr & Mrs Barry play'd very well Alcibiades was perform'd by Mr Crofts being his first appearance upon any Stage bad figure bad voice & Play'd bad (Hopkins Diary). New Scenes, Decorations &c. Mr Crofts-a stationer in the Temple (Winston MS 10). Theatrical Review, 4 Dec.: We think ourselves oblig'd to declare that this gentleman (Crofts), by no means answered the expectations we had formed, from the accounts we had heard of him.--His voice is not bad, though it is not much above the level of common conservation; --his deportment is aukward and void of grace to an extreme; and he labors under the disadvantage of having a face destitute of expression. His gestures are extremely ungraceful, and the whole of his execution is glaringly untutored, and misconceived. His persons is very ill formed, and therefore it makes greatly against him, especially as he is the representative of Alcibiades, who was the handsomest man in all Athens, and we never remember any one's attempting to set out as a capital performer with so few requisites for the support of such an undertaking as this gentleman appears to have. Paid Dr Nares & Mr Cooke's 8 boys in the Garter, 12 nights (30th ult. incl.) #36; Master Brown 7 nights (2nd inst. incl.) #2 12s 6d.; Licence for Timon, #2 2s. (Treasurer's Book). [Larpent MS 328 of Cumberland's Timon, is one of the earliest to include scenic descriptions: "A Hall in Timon's House. The Flat Scene represents stately Folding Doors. Scene two, the Back scene is hastily drawn back and discovers a magnificent Levee Room or Salon. &c."] Receipts: #243 1s. (Treasurer's Book)


Mainpiece Title: Timon Of Athens

Performance Comment: Timon-Barry; Apemantus-Bannister; Alcibiades-Crofts, 1st appearance on the stage; Flavius-Packer; Lucius-Palmer; Lucullus-Hurst; Senators-J. Aickin, Inchbald, Keen; Poet-Jefferson; Painter-Davies; Jeweler-Wright; Merchant-Fawcett; Flaminius-Brereton; Caphis-Ackman; Soldier-Baddeley; Servilius-Wrighten; Lucilius-Wheeler; Hortensius-Griffith; Titus-J. Burton; Varro-Master Cape; Philotus-Jacobs; Messenger-Follett; Evanthe-Mrs Barry; In Act I: will be introduced a Grand Dance-Daigville, Atkins, Giorgi, Sga Vidini, Sga Giorgi, Miss Rogers.
Role: Timon Actor: Barry
Role: Evanthe Actor: Mrs Barry

Afterpiece Title: The Musical Lady

Performance Comment: Mask-Dodd; Musical Lady-Miss Pope; Freeman-Fawcett; Lady Scrape-Mrs Johnston; Old Mask-Baddeley; Laundress-Mrs Bradshaw; To conclude with a Country Dance-.
Role: Lady Scrape Actor: Mrs Johnston
Role: Laundress Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Event Comment: Benefit for Mrs Barry. By Particular Desire. Mainpiece: A Tragedy by the author of Douglas [John Home], never acted there. Part of Pit laid into boxes. Ladies send servants by 4 o'clock, and come as early as possible to avoid Confusion and Trouble


Mainpiece Title: The Fatal Discovery

Performance Comment: Orellan-Barry (first time); Durstan-Aickin; Kathul-Hull; Connan-Wroughton; Euran-L'Estrange; Calmar-Young; First Pict-Thompson; Officer-Booth; Ronan-Webster; Rivine-Mrs Barry.
Role: Orellan Actor: Barry
Role: Rivine Actor: Mrs Barry.

Afterpiece Title: Comus

Role: The Song of Sweet Echo Actor: Mrs Mattocks
Role: Euphrosyne Actor: Mrs Farrell
Role: Lady 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.
Event Comment: Mainpiece: Not acted these 2 years. Account-Book: Paid Mrs Barry on account for finding her own Dresses #50. Receipts: #133 1s. 6d. (131.15.6; 1.6.0)


Mainpiece Title: The Provok'd Husband

Performance Comment: Lord Townly-Lewis (1st appearance in that character); Manly-Clarke; Squire Richard-Quick; John Moody-Dunstall; Count Basset-Lee Lewes; Sir Francis Wronghead-Macklin; Lady Grace-Mrs Lessingham; Lady Wronghead-Miss Macklin (1st appearance in that character); Miss Jenny-Mrs Mattocks; Lady Townly-Mrs Barry; Edition of 1776 (T. Lowndes) adds: Mrs Motherly-Mrs Poussin; Myrtilla-Mrs Whitefield; Mrs Trusty-Mrs Willems.

Afterpiece Title: The Padlock

Dance: End: The Merry Sailors, as17761106