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Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Langbaine, English Dramatick Poets, p. 509: [It] was alter'd (as I have heard by Mr Carthwright) by Mr Betterton. Downes, p. 30: [Done] by the same Author [Betterton]...and all the other Parts Exactly perform'd, it lasted Successively 8 Days, and very frequently Acted afterwards. Pepys, Diary: To the Duke of York's playhouse, and there, in the side balcony, over against the musick, did hear, but not see, a new play, the first day acted, The Roman Virgin, and old play, and but ordinary, I thought; but the trouble of my eyes with the light of the candles did almost kill me


Mainpiece Title: The Roman Virgin; Or, The Unjust Judge

Performance Comment: [Altered from John Webster, Appius and Virginia, probably by ThomasBetterton.] Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 30): Virginius-Betterton; Appius-Harris; Virginia-Mrs Betterton. [An edition of 1679, with the name of John Webster on the title page, has no prologue, no epilogue, no actors' names.An edition of 1679, with the name of John Webster on the title page, has no prologue, no epilogue, no actors' names.
Role: Virginius Actor: Betterton
Role: Virginia Actor: Mrs Betterton.
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Related Work: The Roman Virgin; or, The Unjust Judge Author(s): Thomas Betterton
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the first production is uncertain. The date of licensing was 3 Jan. 1678@9, but Wilson (Six Restoration Play-Dates, p. 222) has argued that it may well have been the first new play of the season. The Prologue refers to it as "The first Play bury'd since the Wollen Act," the Act going into effect on 1 Aug. 1678. For Sandford as Creon, see Cibber, Apology, ed. Lowe, I, 131. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 37): Oedipus King of Thebes, Wrote by Mr Nat. Lee and Mr Dryden: The last Writing the first two Acts, and the first the 3 last. This play was Admirably well Acted; especially the Parts of Oedipus and Jocasta: One by Mr Betterton, the other by Mrs Betterton; it took prodigiously being Acted 10 Days together


Mainpiece Title: Oedipus

Performance Comment: Edition of 1679: Prologue-; Oedipus-Betterton; Adrastus-Smith; Creon-Samford; Tiresias-Harris; Haemon-Crosby; Alcander-Williams; Diocles-Norris; Pyracmon-Boman; Phorbas-Gillo; Ghost of Lajus-Williams; Jocasta-Mrs Betterton; Eurydice-Mrs Lee; Manto-Mrs Evans; Epilogue-.
Role: Oedipus Actor: Betterton
Role: Jocasta Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Eurydice Actor: Mrs Lee
Role: Manto Actor: Mrs Evans
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first performance is not certain, but the fact that the play was advertised in the London Gazette, 6-11 May 1696, suggests that it was first acted not later than April 1696. A song, Come, Hodge, come, Robin, set by John Eccles and sung by Wiltshire and Mrs Hudson, was printed in Deliciae Musicae, The Second Book of the Second Volume, 1696. Dedication, Edition of 1696: Which I wrote three Years ago....nor the Displeasure of the Judicious, who I hope will not condemn this Play from the appearance it had upon the Stage, where it suffer'd in the Acting....Tho. Dogget. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), pp. 16-17: Ramble: Oh that's Dogget's: The Players have all got the itching Leprosie of Scribling as Ben. Johnson calls it; twill in time descend to the Scene-keepers and Candle-snuffers: Come, what came on't? Sullen: Not then directly Damn'd, because he had a part in't himself, but it's now dead and buried


Mainpiece Title: The Country-wake

Performance Comment: Edition of 1696: Prologue-Mrs Barry; Epilogue-Mrs Betterton; Sir ThomasTestie-Underhill; Woodvill-Betterton; Friendly-Kenneston; Old Hob-Trefise; Young Hob-Dogget; Lady Testie-Mrs Barry; Flora-Mrs Bracegirdle; Lucia-Mrs Bowman; Betty-Mrs Lee.
Role: Prologue Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Woodvill Actor: Betterton
Role: Lady Testie Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Flora Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Lucia Actor: Mrs Bowman
Role: Betty Actor: Mrs Lee.
Event Comment: Betterton's Company. The date of the first performance is not known, but the fact that the play was advertised in the Post Man, 4-6 June 1696, suggests that it was acted not later than May 1696, possibly that it was given in late April. In III is a song, Unguarded lies the wishing maid, set by John Eccles and sung by Leveridge. In IV is a song, The secrets of peace, set by Finger and sung by Mrs Hudson. A Comparison Between the Two Stages (1702), p. 20: This is Mrs Manley's; it made a shift to live a half a dozen Days, and then expir'd


Mainpiece Title: The Royal Mischief

Performance Comment: Edition of 1696: Prologue-Mrs Betterton; Levan Dadian-Bowman; Prince of Libardian-Kynaston; Osman-Betterton; Ismael-Hudson; Acmat-Freeman; Bassima-Mrs Bracegirdle; Homais-Mrs Barry; Selima-Mrs Bowman; Epilogue-Miss Bradshaw.
Role: Prologue Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Osman Actor: Betterton
Role: Bassima Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Homais Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Selima Actor: Mrs Bowman
Event Comment: The United Company. The date of the first performance is not precisely known, but it seems likely to have been in mid-January. See the discussion under 10 Jan. 1693@4 and Evelyn's remarks on 11 Jan. 1693@4. Part of the music for the play was composed by John Eccles: Young I am and yet unskill'd, sung by a girl, in Gentleman's Journal, January@February 1693@4, and Thesaurus Musicus, 1694: What state of life can be so blest, -Mrs Hudson, in Thesaurus Musicus, 1694. One song was set by Henry Purcell, How happy's the husband, the words by Congreve and sung by Mrs Ayliff, in Thesaurus Musicus, 1694: see also Purcell's Works, Purcell Society, XX (1916), xiii-xiv


Mainpiece Title: Love Triumphant; Or, Nature Will Prevail

Performance Comment: Prologue-Mrs Betterton; Veramond-Kynnaston; Alphonso-Betterton; Garcia-Williams; Ramirez-Alexander [Verbruggen]; Sancho-Dogget; Carlos-Powell; Lopez-Underhill; Ximena-Mrs Betterton; Victoria-Mrs Barry; Celidea-Mrs Bracegirdle; Dalinda-Mrs Montfort; Nurse-Mrs Kent; Epilogue-Dalinda.
Role: Prologue Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Alphonso Actor: Betterton
Role: Ximena Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Victoria Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Celidea Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Dalinda Actor: Mrs Montfort
Role: Nurse Actor: Mrs Kent
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This performance is on the L. C. list, 5@145, p. 120. See also Nicoll, Restoration Drama, p. 349. There is no certainty that this is the first performance, but a licensing date of 28 Jan. 1677@8 and Mrs Behn's statement in the Preface that she hurried the play into print suggest a premiere not far from this date. Edition of 1678: To the Reader: I Printed this Play with all the impatient haste one ought to do, who would be vindicated from the most unjust and silly aspersion, Woman could invent to cast on Woman; and which only my being a Woman has procured me, That it was Bawdy, the least and most Excusable fault in the Men Writers, to whose Plays they all crowd, as if they came to no other end then to hear what they condemn in this: but from a Woman it was unnaturall. One song, Sitting by yonder river side, with music by Thomas? Farmer, is in Choice Ayres and Songs, The Second Book, 1679


Mainpiece Title: Sir Patient Fancy

Performance Comment: Edition of 1678: Prologue-Mr Betterton; Sir Patient Fancy-Anthony Leigh; Leander Fancy-Crosby; Wittmore-Betterton; Lodwick Knowell-Smith; Sir Credulous Easy-Nokes; Curry-Richards; Lady Fancy-Mrs Corrar; Lady Knowell-Mrs Gwin [Quin]; Lucretia-Mrs Price; Isabella-Mrs Betterton; Maundy-Mrs Gibbs; Epilogue-Mrs Gwin [Quin].Quin].
Role: Prologue Actor: Mr Betterton
Role: Wittmore Actor: Betterton
Role: Lady Fancy Actor: Mrs Corrar
Role: Lady Knowell Actor: Mrs Gwin
Role: Lucretia Actor: Mrs Price
Role: Isabella Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Maundy Actor: Mrs Gibbs
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Gwin
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: Here comes Harris, and first told us how Betterton is come again upon the stage: whereupon my wife and company to the [Duke's] house to see Henry the Fifth.... Thence I to the playhouse, and saw a piece of the play, and glad to see Betterton


Mainpiece Title: Henry The Fifth

Performance Comment: Owen Tudor?-Betterton; Henry V-Harris?; Princess Katherine-Mrs Betterton?. See also 13 Aug. 1664.
Role: Owen Tudor? Actor: Betterton
Role: Princess Katherine Actor: Mrs Betterton?. See also 13 Aug. 1664.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Downes (p. 25) states that it was acted eight days successively, but as Pepys does not indicate whether he saw its first performance, the sequence of playing it is not known. Pepys, Diary: We [Mrs Pepys and Pepys] took coach and to the Duke's playhouse, where we saw The Duchess of Malfy well performed, but Betterton and Ianthe [Mrs Saunderson] to admiration. Downes (p. 25): This Play was so exceeding Excellently Acted in all Parts; chiefly, Duke Ferdinand and Bosola: It fill'd the House 8 Days Successively, it proving one of the Best of Stock Tragedies


Mainpiece Title: The Duchess Of Malfy

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 25): Duke Ferdinand-Harris; Bosola-Betterton; Antonio-Smith; Cardinal-Young; Dutchess of Malfey-Mrs Betterton [Mrs Saunderson]; Julia-Mrs Gibbs; [The edition of 1678 lists other performers who could have acted on this occasion: Delio-Midburn? [Medbourne]; Castruchio-Richards?; Sylvio-Cademan?; Pescara-Norris?; Molateste-Price?; Cariolo=-Mrs Norris?.
Role: Bosola Actor: Betterton
Role: Dutchess of Malfey Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Julia Actor: Mrs Gibbs
Role: Cariolo Actor: Mrs Norris?.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys does not indicate that this performance is the premiere, and Summers, The Playhouse of Pepys, p. 137, states, without offering his evidence, that the play first appeared on 11 Aug. 1664. The play also appears in Herbert, Dramatic Records, p. 138. If Pepys saw the premiere, the play was possibly given on 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 Aug. Pepys, Diary: Mr Creed dining with me I got him to give my wife and me a play this afternoon, lending him money to do it, which is a fallacy that I have found now once, to avoyde my vowe with, but never to be more practised I swear, and to the new play, at the Duke's house, of Henry the Fifth; a most noule play, writ by my Lord Orrery; wherein Betterton, Harris, and Ianthe's parts are most incomparably wrote and done, and the whole play the most full of height and raptures of wit and sense, that ever I heard; having but one incongruity, or what did not please me in it, that is, that King Harry promises to plead for Tudor to their Mistresse, Princesse Katherine of France, more than when it comes to it he seems to do; and Tudor refused by her with some kind of indignity, not with a difficulty and honour that it ought to have been done in to him. Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 27-28: This Play was Splendidly Cloath'd: The King, in the Duke of York's Coronation Suit; Owen Tudor, in King Charle's: Duke of Burgundy, in the Lord of Oxford's, and the rest all New. It was Excellently Perform'd, and Acted 10 Days Successively


Mainpiece Title: The History Of Henry The Fifth

Performance Comment: Edition of 1669: King Henry the Fifth-Harris; Duke of Bedford-Underhill; Duke of Exeter-Cogan; Earl of Warwick-Aingel; Bishop of Canterbury-Lylinston [Lilleston]; Owen Tudor-Betterton; The Dauphin-Young; Duke of Burgundy-Smith; Earl of Chareloys-Cadiman; Constable of France-James Noke; De Chastel-Norris; Bishop of Arras-Samford; Count of Blamount-Medborne; Monsieur Colemore-Floyd; Queen of France-Mrs Long; Princess Katherine-Mrs Betterton; Princess Anne-Mrs Davis; Countess of La Marr-Mrs Norris.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. On Thursday 10 Dec. 1663, Pepys reported that this play was to be acted the following week, but the date of the first performance is uncertain. But--except for the holidays--it was probably acted on consecutive days until 1 Jan. 1663@4, when Pepys saw it. The play is also in Herbert, Dramatic Records, p. 138, as a "Revived Play." Pepys, Diary: I perceive the King and Duke and the Court was going to the Duke's playhouse to see Henry VIII. acted, which is said to be an admirable play. But, Lord! to see now near I was to have broken my oathe, or run the hazard of 20s. losse, so much my nature was hot to have gone thither; but I did not go. Downes (p.24): King Henry the 8th, This Play, by Order of Sir William Davenant, was all new Cloath'd in proper Habits: The King's was new, all the Lords, the Cardinals, the Bishops, the Doctors, Proctors, Lawyers, Tip-staves, new Scenes: The part of the King was so right and justly done by Mr Betterton, he being Instructed in it by Sir William, who had it from Old Mr Lowen, that had his Instructions from Mr Shakespear himself, that I dare and will aver, none can, or will come near him in this Age, in the performance of that part: Mr Harris's performance of Cardinal Wolsey, was little Inferior to that, he doing it with such just State, Port, and Mein, that I dare affirm, none hitherto has Equall'd him:...Every part by the great Care of Sir William, being exactly perform'd; it being all new Scenes; it continu'd Acting 15 Days together with general Applause


Mainpiece Title: Henry Viii

Performance Comment: Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p.24): King-Betterton; Wolsey-Harris; Duke of Buckingham-Smith; Norfolk-Nokes; Suffolk-Lilliston; Cardinal Campeius, Cranmur-Medburn; Bishop Gardiner-Underhill; Earl of Surry-Young; Lord Sands-Price; Queen Catherine-Mrs Betterton.
Role: King Actor: Betterton
Role: Queen Catherine Actor: Mrs Betterton.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: And seeing The Bondman upon the post, I consulted my oaths and find I may go safely this time without breaking it...There I saw it acted. It is true, for want of practice, they had many of them forgot their parts a little; but Betterton and my Poor Ianthe outdo all the world. There is nothing more taking in the world with me than that play


Mainpiece Title: The Bondman

Performance Comment: Bondman?-Betterton; Cleora?-Mrs Betterton. See also 2 April 1662.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. Pepys, Diary: With my wife and Mercer to the Duke's house, and there saw The Rivalls, which I had seen before; but the play not good, nor anything but the good acting of Betterton and his wife and Harris


Mainpiece Title: The Rivals

Performance Comment: See16640910, but Philander?-Betterton; Theocles?-Harris; Heraclia?-Mrs Betterton.
Role: Philander? Actor: Betterton
Role: Heraclia? Actor: Mrs Betterton.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This performance is on the L. C. lists at Harvard. See VanLennep, "Plays on the English Stage", p. 16. Whether this is the premiere is not known. A song, Amintas that true-hearted swain, with music by John Bannister, is in Choice Ayres, Songs, and Dialogues, 2d. Ed., 1675. Downes, Roscius Anglicanus, p. 34: The Jealous Bridegroom, Wrote by Mrs Bhen, a good Play and lasted six Days; but this made its Exit too, to give Room for a greater. The Tempest. Note, In this Play, Mr Otway the Poet having an Inclination to turn Actor; Mrs Bhen gave him the King in the Play, for a Probation Part, but he being not us'd to the Stage; the full House put him to such a Sweat and Tremendous, Agony, being dash't, spoilt him for an Actor


Mainpiece Title: The Forc'd Marriage; Or, The Jealous Bridegroom

Performance Comment: Edition of 1671: Prologue-; Epilogue-a Woman; King-Westwood [ThomasOtway, however, played it the first night]; Philander-Smith; Alcippus-Betterton; Orgulious?-Norris; Alcander-Young; Pisaro-Cademan; Fallatius-Angel; Cleontius-Crosby; Gallatea-Mrs Jennings; Erminia-Mrs Betterton; Aminta-Mrs Wright; Olinda-Mrs Lee; Isilia-Mrs Clough.
Role: Alcippus Actor: Betterton
Role: Gallatea Actor: Mrs Jennings
Role: Erminia Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Aminta Actor: Mrs Wright
Role: Olinda Actor: Mrs Lee
Role: Isilia Actor: Mrs Clough.
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: Cleomenes Actor: Betterton
Role: Cratisiclea Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Cleora Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Cassandra Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle.
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. This performance is on the L. C. list, 5@141, p. 2. See also Nicoll, Restoration Drama, p. 347. There is no certainty that this is the premiere, but the fact that the play was given again on 4 Dec. 1672 suggests that this was the first performance and that it was also acted on Tuesday 3 Dec. 1672. A song, How pleasant is mutual love, set by John Bannister for this play, is in Choice Songs and Ayres, First Book, 1673. See Cibber, Apology, ed. Lowe, I, 155, for Underhill's acting of Justice Clodpate. Downes (p. 33): This Play in general being Admirably Acted, produc'd great Profit to the Company. Note, Mrs Johnson in this Comedy, Dancing a Jigg so Charming well, Loves power in a little time after Coerc'd her to Dance more Charming, else where


Mainpiece Title: Epsom Wells

Performance Comment: Edition of 1673: Prologue [by Sir C. S. [Sir Charles Sedley]-; Prologue to the King and Queen [spoken at Whitehall-; Epilogue-; [Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 33): Rains-Harris; Bevil-Betterton; Woodly-Smith; Justice Clodpate-Underhill; Carolina-Mrs Johnson; Lucia-Mrs Gibbs; Mrs Jilt-Mrs Betterton; Bisket-Nokes; Fribble-Angel.
Role: Bevil Actor: Betterton
Role: Carolina Actor: Mrs Johnson
Role: Lucia Actor: Mrs Gibbs
Role: Mrs Jilt Actor: Mrs Betterton
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the first production is not certain, particularly since an entry in L. C. 5@145, p. 120 (see also Nicoll, Restoration Drama, p. 349) lists this play for 8 March, the year uncertain. Since the entry follows one for The Souldier's Fortune which followed the premiere of The Female Prelate, 31 May 1680, the L. C. entry probably is one for 8 March 1680@1. That the premiere occurred near 1 Nov. 1680 is suggested by a letter of Anne Montague to Lady Hatton, 1 Nov. 1680: For I never see the towne fuller, for I was to see the new play, The Spanish Frier, and there was all the world, but the Court is a letell dull yet; the Queen being sick, there is noe drawing room (Hatton Correspondence, Camden Society, XXII [1878], 240). A song, Farewell ungratefull Traytor, with music by Captain Pack and sung by Mrs Crofts, is in Act V. For Leigh's and Nokes' acting, see Cibber, Apology, ed. Lowe, I, 143, 145-46. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 37): 'Twas Admirably Acted, and produc'd vast Profit to the Company


Mainpiece Title: The Spanish Fryar; Or, The Double Discovery

Performance Comment: Edition of 1681: Prologue-; Torrismond-Betterton; Bertran-Williams; Alphonso-Wiltshire; Lorenzo-Smith; Raymond-Gillo; Pedro-Underhill; Gomez-Nokes; Dominic-Lee; Leonora-Mrs Barry; Teresa-Mrs Crofts; Elvira-Mrs Betterton; Epilogue [by a Friend of the Author's [Robert Wolseley]-.
Role: Torrismond Actor: Betterton
Role: Leonora Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Teresa Actor: Mrs Crofts
Role: Elvira Actor: Mrs Betterton
Event Comment: The Duke's Company. The date of the premiere is not known. Although the play was not in print until 1671, it was acted on 9 May 1670 and again at Dover on 19 or 20 May 1670. Downes (p. 29) placed the comedy among the plays of 1669, but the presence of Mrs Johnson (who, according to Downes, p. 31, did not join the company until 1670) and the performances in May 1670 suggest that the comedy was first given in the spring of 1670. Downes (pp. 29-30): The Play being Singularly well Acted, it took 12 Days together


Mainpiece Title: Sir Salomon; Or, The Cautious Coxcomb

Performance Comment: Edition of 1671: Prologue. No actors' names. Epilogue. Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, pp. 29-30): Sir Solomon-Betterton; Peregrine Woodland-Harris; Single-Smith; Wary-Sandford; Timothy-Underhill; Betty-Mrs Johnson; Julia-Mrs Betterton.
Role: Sir Solomon Actor: Betterton
Role: Betty Actor: Mrs Johnson
Role: Julia Actor: Mrs Betterton.
Event Comment: The United Company. The date of the first performance is not known, but it had been acted by the time the January 1692@3 issue of the Gentleman's Journal appeared in March (on page 1 of that issue, the editor states that We are now in March): Mr Southerne's New Comedy, call'd, The Maid's last Prayer, or Any rather than fail, was acted the 3d time this evening, and is to be acted again to morrow. It discovers much knowledge of the Town in its Author; and its Wit and purity of Diction are particularly commended (p. 28). The first song in the play, Tho you make no return to my passion, composed by Henry Purcell, was sung, according to the printed play, by Mrs Hodgson; by Mrs Dyer, according to Thesaurus Musicus, First Book, 1693. The second song, composed by Samuel? Akeroyd, was sung by Mrs Ayliff (Thesaurus Musicus, The First Book, 1693). Another song, No, no, no, no, resistance is but vain, written by Anthony Henley, composed by Henry Purcell, and sung by Mrs Ayliff and Mrs Hodgson, Act IV, is in Purcell's Works, Purcell Society, XX (1916), xiv-xv. A song, Tell me no more I am deceiv'd, written by William Congreve, set by Henry Purcell, and sung by Mrs Ayliff, is in Works, XX (1916), xv-xvi. According to the London Gazette, No. 2852, 9-13 March 1692@3, the play was published "this day" (13 March 1692@3)


Mainpiece Title: The Maid's Last Prayer; Or, Any Rather Than Fail

Performance Comment: Edition of 1693: Prologue-Mrs Barry; Granger-Powell; Gayman-Boman; Garnish-Alexander [Verbruggen]; Lord Malepert-Doggett; Sir Ruff Rancounter-Bright; Sir Symphony-Bowen; Capt. Drydrubb-Underhill; Jano-Betty Allinson; Lady Malepert-Mrs Barry; Lady Trickitt-Mrs Bracegirdle; Lady Susan Malepert-Mrs Montford; Maria-Mrs Rogers; Wishwell-Mrs Betterton; Siam-Mrs Leigh; Florence-Mrs Kent; Judy-Mrs Rachel Lee; Christian-Perin; Footman, Porter-Pinkyman.
Role: Prologue Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Lady Malepert Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Lady Trickitt Actor: Mrs Bracegirdle
Role: Lady Susan Malepert Actor: Mrs Montford
Role: Maria Actor: Mrs Rogers
Role: Wishwell Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Siam Actor: Mrs Leigh
Role: Florence Actor: Mrs Kent
Role: Judy Actor: Mrs Rachel Lee


Mainpiece Title: The Siege Of Babylon

Performance Comment: Edition of 1678: The Prologue-Mr Smith; Orontes-Betterton; Lysimachus-Medburn; Eumenes-Jevon; Ptolomy-Crosby; Perdicas-Smith; Cassander-Harris; Araxis-Norris; Statira-Mrs Betterton; Roxana-Mrs Lee; Parisatis-Mrs Seymour; Thalestris-Mrs Gwyn [Quin]; Cleone-Mrs Gillo; Hesione-Mrs LeGrand; Epilogue-Mrs Betterton.
Role: Orontes Actor: Betterton
Role: Statira Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Roxana Actor: Mrs Lee
Role: Parisatis Actor: Mrs Seymour
Role: Thalestris Actor: Mrs Gwyn
Role: Cleone Actor: Mrs Gillo
Role: Hesione Actor: Mrs LeGrand
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Betterton.


Mainpiece Title: The Rape; Or, The Innocent Impostors

Performance Comment: Edition of 1692: Prologue-Mr Betterton; Epilogue By Mr Shadwell-Mrs Bracegirdle; Gunderic-Betterton; Genselaric-Williams; Briomer-Hodgson; Albimer-Zibber; Rodoric-Freeman; Almeric-Harris; Agilmond-Mrs Butler; Valdaura-Mic. Lee; Amalazontha-Mrs Betterton; Rhadegonda-Mrs Lee; Eurione-Mrs Bracegirdle; Merinda-Mrs Richardson.


Mainpiece Title: Troilus And Cressida; Or, Truth Found Too Late

Performance Comment: Edition of 1679: The Prologue-Mr Betterton Representing the Ghost of Shakespear; Hector-Smith; Troilus-Betterton; Priam-Percivall; Aeneas-Joseph Williams; Pandarus-Leigh; Calchas-Percivall; Agamemnon-Gillo; Ulysses-Harris; Achilles-David Williams; Ajax-Bright; Nestor-Norris; Diomedes-Crosby; Patroclus-Bowman; Anthenor-Richards; Thersites-Underhill; Cressida-Mrs Mary Lee; Andromache-Mrs Betterton; The Epilogue-Thersites.


Mainpiece Title: The Rover; Or, The Banish't Cavaliers

Performance Comment: Edition of 1677: Prologue by a Person of Quality-; Don Antonio-Jevorne; Don Pedro-Medburne; Belvile-Betterton; Willmore-Smith; Frederick-Crosbie; Blunt-Underhill; Stephano-Richards; Philippo-Percivall; Sancho-John Lee; Florinda-Mrs Betterton; Hellena-Mrs Barrer; Valeria-Mrs Hughs; Angellica Bianca-Mrs Gwin [Anne Quin]; Moretta-Mrs Leigh; Callis-Mrs Norris; Lucetta-Mrs Gillo; Epilogue-.
Role: Belvile Actor: Betterton
Role: Florinda Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Hellena Actor: Mrs Barrer
Role: Valeria Actor: Mrs Hughs
Role: Angellica Bianca Actor: Mrs Gwin
Role: Moretta Actor: Mrs Leigh
Role: Callis Actor: Mrs Norris
Role: Lucetta Actor: Mrs Gillo


Mainpiece Title: The Man Of Mode; Or, Sir Fopling Flutter

Performance Comment: Edition of 1676: Prologue [by Sir Car Scroope Baronet-; Epilogue [by Mr Dryden-; [Downes (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 36): Dorimant-Betterton; Medly-Harris; Sir Fopling-Smith; Old Bellair-Leigh; Young Bellair-Jevon; Mrs Loveit-Mrs Barry [possibly she did not play this role at the premiere but succeeded another actress, such as Mrs Mary Lee]; Bellinda-Mrs Betterton; Lady Woodvill-Mrs Leigh; Emilia-Mrs Twiford.
Role: Dorimant Actor: Betterton
Role: Mrs Loveit Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Bellinda Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Lady Woodvill Actor: Mrs Leigh
Role: Emilia Actor: Mrs Twiford.


Mainpiece Title: The History Of Timon Of Athens, The Man-hater

Performance Comment: Edition of 1678: Prologue to Timon-; Timon of Athens-Betterton; Alcibiades-Smith; Apemantus-Harris; Nicias-Sandford; Phaeax-Underhill; Aelius-Leigh; Cleon-Norris; Isander-Percival; Isidore-Gillo; Demetrius-Medburne; Dephilus-Bowman; Old Man-Richards; Poet-Jevon; Evandra-Mrs Betterton; Melissa-Mrs Shadwell; Chloe-Mrs Gibbs; Thais-Mrs Seymour; Phinias-Mrs Le-Grand; Epilogue-.
Role: Timon of Athens Actor: Betterton
Role: Evandra Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Melissa Actor: Mrs Shadwell
Role: Chloe Actor: Mrs Gibbs
Role: Thais Actor: Mrs Seymour
Role: Phinias Actor: Mrs Le-Grand
Role: Mrs Le Actor: Grand


Mainpiece Title: The Destruction Of Troy

Performance Comment: Edition of 1679: Prologue-; Priamus-Sandford; Hector-Harris; Paris-Crosby; Troilus-J. Williams; Agamemnon-Medbourn; Achilles-Betterton; Ulysses-Smith; Diomedes-Gillow; Patroclus-Bowman; Menelaus-Norris; Ajax-Underhill; Helena-Mrs Price; Andromache-Mrs Betterton; Polyxena-Mrs Barry; Cassandra-Mrs Lee; Epilogue-Mrs Quynn.
Role: Achilles Actor: Betterton
Role: Helena Actor: Mrs Price
Role: Andromache Actor: Mrs Betterton
Role: Polyxena Actor: Mrs Barry
Role: Cassandra Actor: Mrs Lee
Role: Epilogue Actor: Mrs Quynn.