SELECT * FROM london_stages WHERE MATCH('(@(authnameclean,perftitleclean,commentcclean,commentpclean) "OBrien"/1) | (@(roleclean,performerclean) "OBrien")') GROUP BY eventid ORDER BY weight() desc, eventdate asc OPTION field_weights=(perftitleclean=100, commentpclean=75, commentcclean=75, roleclean=100, performerclean=100, authnameclean=100), ranker=sph04

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We found 589 matches on Roles/Actors, 138 matches on Performance Comments, 92 matches on Author, 20 matches on Event Comments, and 1 matches on Performance Title.
Event Comment: Benefit for Obrien. No building on Stage. Lovemore for 1st time by Mr Obrien (Hopkins). I think the character not fit for him (Hopkins Diary-MacMillan). Receipts: #231 8s. 6d. (MacMillan); charges: #64 4s. [Profit to O'Brien: #167 4s. 6d.


Mainpiece Title: The Way To Keep Him

Performance Comment: As17640103, but Lovemore-Obrien, first time; Sideboard-Ackman.
Role: Lovemore Actor: Obrien, first time
Role: Sideboard Actor: Ackman.
Role: Widow Belmour Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Sir Brilliant Fashion Actor: Palmer
Role: William Actor: King
Role: Sir Bashful Constant Actor: Yates
Role: Lady Constant Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: Mrs Lovemore Actor: Mrs Yates
Role: Muslin Actor: Mrs Clive
Role: Mignionet Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Furnish Actor: Mrs Hippisley.

Afterpiece Title: Edgar and Emmeline

Role: Edgar Actor: OBrien
Role: Florimond Actor: King
Role: Emmeline Actor: Mrs Yates
Role: Elfina Actor: Miss Rogers
Role: Grotilla Actor: Miss Ford.

Dance: II: The Shepherdesses, as17640113; End: The Irish Lilt, as17630922

Event Comment: Benefit for Obrien. Afterpiece: By particualr Desire, being the last Time of Performing in this Season. No Building on the Stage. Receipts: #180 (Cross)


Mainpiece Title: The Careless Husband

Performance Comment: Foppington-Obrien, 1st time; Sir Charles-Havard; Edging-Mrs Clive; Lady Betty-Miss Pritchard; Morelove-Palmer; Lady Easy-Mrs Pritchard; Lady Graveairs-Mrs Bennet; In the Play will be introduc'd (for the first time) a Minuet-O'Brien, Miss Pritchard.
Role: Foppington Actor: Obrien, 1st time
Role: Sir Charles Actor: Havard
Role: Edging Actor: Mrs Clive
Role: Lady Betty Actor: Miss Pritchard
Role: Morelove Actor: Palmer
Role: Lady Easy Actor: Mrs Pritchard
Role: Lady Graveairs Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: a Minuet Actor: O'Brien, Miss Pritchard.

Afterpiece Title: The Guardian

Role: Parts Actor: Garrick, Yates, Obrien, Miss Pritchard, Mrs Clive
Role: Heartly Actor: Garrick
Role: Sir Charles Clackit Actor: Yates
Role: Young Clackit Actor: Obrien
Role: Harriet Actor: Miss Pritchard
Role: Lucy Actor: Mrs Clive.

Dance: TThe Swiss, as17590221

Event Comment: Benedick by Obrien-1st time (Hopkins). Benedick does not sit so well upon Mr O'Brien as Ranger-Miss Pope Beatrice-indifferent (+Hopkins Diary-$MacMillan). New Occasional song introduc'd in The Rites of Hecate, the words will be printed and given away at the theatre. Receipts: #130 9s. (MacMillan)


Mainpiece Title: Much Ado About Nothing

Performance Comment: Benedick-Obrien, first time; Beatrice-Miss Pope; Don Pedro-Packer; Leonato-Havard; Claudio-Palmer; Dogberry-Yates; Friar-Burton; Don John-Bransby; Verges-Philips; Borachio-Parsons; Clerk-Baddeley; Sexton-Clough; Margaret-Mrs Bradshaw; Ursula-Miss Hippisley; Balthazar (with a song)-Vernon; Hero-Mrs Davies; In II, a Masquerade Dance-proper to the play; To conclude with a Country Dance-.
Role: Benedick Actor: Obrien, first time
Role: Beatrice Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Don Pedro Actor: Packer
Role: Leonato Actor: Havard
Role: Claudio Actor: Palmer
Role: Dogberry Actor: Yates
Role: Friar Actor: Burton
Role: Don John Actor: Bransby
Role: Verges Actor: Philips
Role: Borachio Actor: Parsons
Role: Clerk Actor: Baddeley
Role: Sexton Actor: Clough
Role: Margaret Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Ursula Actor: Miss Hippisley
Role: Balthazar Actor: Vernon
Role: Hero Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: a Masquerade Dance Actor: proper to the play
Role: To conclude with a Country Dance Actor: .

Afterpiece Title: The Rites of Hecate

Event Comment: OObrien did Brazen, for his first appearance, & met with great Applause (Cross). [See a two-column comment on The Recruiting Officer and O'Brien's acting in Theatre No II published in The London Chronicle, No. 277, 5-7 Oct., p. 343: "The character of Brazen never existed in human nature, but is merely the child of Farquhar's own licentious invention...and for this reason I imagined it impossible for any actor to appear to advantage in it, without having recourse to that buffoonery and grimace which has always been made use of by the most eminent to support it; but I was agreeably surprised to find myself mistaken: for the young gentleman who has now got it into his possession goes through the whole with a genuine comic spirit; and, by his peculiar method of acting it, in a great measure corrects the unnatural absurdity of the writer." Specific details of his acting as well as comments on other roles are given.] Receipts: #150 (Cross); #174 3s. 6d. (Winston MS 8)


Mainpiece Title: The Recruiting Officer

Performance Comment: Brazen-Obrien, 1st appearance; Plume-Palmer; Justice Balance-Burton; Kite-Berry; Bullock-Taswell; Worthy-Austin; Collier-Blakes; 1st Recruit-Yates; 2d-Vaughan; Melinda-Mrs Davies; Lucy-Mrs Bennet; Rose-Miss Hippisley; Sylvia-Miss Macklin.
Role: Brazen Actor: Obrien, 1st appearance
Role: Plume Actor: Palmer
Role: Justice Balance Actor: Burton
Role: Kite Actor: Berry
Role: Bullock Actor: Taswell
Role: Worthy Actor: Austin
Role: Collier Actor: Blakes
Role: 1st Recruit Actor: Yates
Role: 2d Actor: Vaughan
Role: Melinda Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: Lucy Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: Rose Actor: Miss Hippisley
Role: Sylvia Actor: Miss Macklin.

Afterpiece Title: The Anatomist

Role: Le Medecin Actor: Blakes
Role: Crispin Actor: Yates
Role: Beatrice Actor: Mrs Bennet.


Mainpiece Title: Measure For Measure

Performance Comment: Duke-Mossop; Angelo-Havard; Escalus-Bransby; Claudio-Davies; Provost-Blakes; Lucio-Obrien; Clown-Yates; Mariana-Mrs Bennet; Isabella-Mrs Cibber.
Role: Duke Actor: Mossop
Role: Angelo Actor: Havard
Role: Escalus Actor: Bransby
Role: Claudio Actor: Davies
Role: Provost Actor: Blakes
Role: Lucio Actor: Obrien
Role: Clown Actor: Yates
Role: Mariana Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: Isabella Actor: Mrs Cibber.

Afterpiece Title: Queen Mab

Role: Mab Actor: Mrs Vernon.
Role: Harlequin Actor: Rooker
Role: Columbine Actor: Mlle Mariet.
Event Comment: Not performed for two years [see 18 April 1757]. Fleetwood, Bransby, OBrien played their parts for the first time. Receipts: #110 (Cross); #155 8s. 6d. (Winston MS 8)


Mainpiece Title: The Orphan; Or, The Unhappy Marriage

Performance Comment: Castalio-Fleetwood; Polydore-Obrien; Acasto-Bransby; Chamont-Holland; Chaplain-Packer; Page-Miss Simson; Serina-Miss Hippisley; Florella-Mrs Bennet; Monimia-Miss Pritchard.
Role: Castalio Actor: Fleetwood
Role: Polydore Actor: Obrien
Role: Acasto Actor: Bransby
Role: Chamont Actor: Holland
Role: Chaplain Actor: Packer
Role: Page Actor: Miss Simson
Role: Serina Actor: Miss Hippisley
Role: Florella Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: Monimia Actor: Miss Pritchard.

Afterpiece Title: The Intriguing Chambermaid

Role: Drunken Colonel Actor: Yates
Role: Lettice Actor: Mrs Clive.

Dance: SSpanish Dance, as17581014


Mainpiece Title: The Tender Husband; Or, The Accomplish'd Fools

Performance Comment: Capt. Clerimont-Palmer; Sir Harry-Garrick, 1st time; Numps-Obrien; Tipkin-Blakes; Mrs Clerimont-Miss Haughton; Clerimont Sr-Havard; Pounce-Bransby; Aunt-Mrs Cross; Fainlove-Mrs Davies, 1st time; Biddy-Miss Macklin, 1st time.
Role: Clerimont Actor: Palmer
Role: Sir Harry Actor: Garrick, 1st time
Role: Numps Actor: Obrien
Role: Tipkin Actor: Blakes
Role: Mrs Clerimont Actor: Miss Haughton
Role: Clerimont Sr Actor: Havard
Role: Pounce Actor: Bransby
Role: Aunt Actor: Mrs Cross
Role: Fainlove Actor: Mrs Davies, 1st time
Role: Biddy Actor: Miss Macklin, 1st time.

Afterpiece Title: The Male Coquette

Role: Prologue Actor: Garrick.
Role: Arabella Actor: Miss Haughton
Role: Mrs Dotterel Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: Male Coquette Actor: Obrien
Role: Sophia Actor: Miss Macklin
Role: Tukely Actor: Palmer
Role: Dizzy Actor: Yates
Role: Widow Damply Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Miss Pewit Actor: Miss Hippisley

Dance: A New Dance-Sg Giorgi, Sga Giorgi


Mainpiece Title: The Stratagem

Role: Archer Actor: O'Brien, 1st time
Role: Scrub Actor: Garrick
Role: Mrs Sullen Actor: Miss Pritchard, 1st time.
Role: Foigard Actor: Moody.
Role: Aimwell Actor: Palmer
Role: Sullen Actor: Burton
Role: Bonniface Actor: Phillips
Role: Gibbet Actor: Bransby
Role: Sir Charles Freeman Actor: Packer
Role: Dorinda Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: Lady Bountiful Actor: Mrs Cross
Role: Cherry Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Gipsey Actor: Mrs Simson

Afterpiece Title: A Duke and no Duke

Role: Trappolin Actor: King, first time.

Dance: By Particular Desire, aMinuet-O'Brien, Miss Pritchard; End IV: A Comic DanceNew Dance, as17610307


Mainpiece Title: The Constant Couple

Role: Sir Harry Wildair Actor: O'Brien, first time
Role: Standard Actor: Holland, first time
Role: Smuggler Actor: Blakes
Role: Lady Lurewell Actor: Mrs Yates, first time
Role: Angelica Actor: Miss Bride, first time
Role: Vizard Actor: Packer
Role: Beau Clincher Actor: Yates
Role: Clincher Jun Actor: King
Role: Dicky Actor: Vaughan
Role: Tom Actor: Clough
Role: Lady Darling Actor: Mrs Cross.

Afterpiece Title: Miss in Her Teens

Role: Fribble Actor: Garrick
Role: Flash Actor: King
Role: Biddy Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Loveit Actor: Packer
Role: Puff Actor: Moody
Role: Jasper Actor: Ackman
Role: Tag Actor: Mrs Bennet. u÷Ědl TThe Farmer's Return from London. As17620329.
Role: Petruchio Actor: King
Role: Grumio Actor: Yates
Role: Catharine Actor: Mrs Clive.
Event Comment: The Prince of Wales by Obrien (first time) very well (Hopkins). Receipts: #147 (MacMillan)


Mainpiece Title: King Henry Iv, Part I

Performance Comment: Falstaff-Love; King-Havard; Prince of Wales-Obrien, first time; Sir Richard Vernon-Jackson; Worcester-Bransby; Hostess-Mrs Bradshaw; Northumberland-Burton; Glendower-Lee; Douglas-Parsons; Blunt-J. Palmer; Poins-Packer; Carriers-Moody, Weston; Sheriff-Stevens; Bardolf-Clough; Westmorland-Ackman; Francis-Vaughan; Mortimer-Castle; Hotspur-Holland; Lady Percy-Mrs Palmer.
Role: Falstaff Actor: Love
Role: King Actor: Havard
Role: Prince of Wales Actor: Obrien, first time
Role: Sir Richard Vernon Actor: Jackson
Role: Worcester Actor: Bransby
Role: Hostess Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: Northumberland Actor: Burton
Role: Glendower Actor: Lee
Role: Douglas Actor: Parsons
Role: Blunt Actor: J. Palmer
Role: Poins Actor: Packer
Role: Carriers Actor: Moody, Weston
Role: Sheriff Actor: Stevens
Role: Bardolf Actor: Clough
Role: Westmorland Actor: Ackman
Role: Francis Actor: Vaughan
Role: Mortimer Actor: Castle
Role: Hotspur Actor: Holland
Role: Lady Percy Actor: Mrs Palmer.

Afterpiece Title: The Deuce Is in Him

Role: Principal Parts Actor: Obrien, King, Packer, Mrs Hopkins, Miss Plym, Miss Pope
Role: Tamper Actor: Obrien
Role: Prattle Actor: King
Role: Major Belford Actor: Packer
Role: Emily Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Bell Actor: Mrs Hopkins
Role: Mademoiselle Florival Actor: Miss Plym
Role: Servant Actor: Strange

Dance: End: The Provancalle, as17631014

Event Comment: RRanger by Mr Obrien. he Play'd with Spirit & was well receiv'd (Hopkins). Receipts: #148 9s. (MacMillan)


Mainpiece Title: The Suspicious Husband

Performance Comment: Ranger-Obrien, first time; Jack Meggot-Vernon; Clarinda-Miss Yates, first time; Jacintha-Miss Plym, first time; Strictland-Love; Mrs Strictland-Mrs Davies; Frankly-Palmer; Bellamy-Packer; Lucetta-Mrs Bennet; To conclude with a Country Dance-.
Role: Ranger Actor: Obrien, first time
Role: Jack Meggot Actor: Vernon
Role: Clarinda Actor: Miss Yates, first time
Role: Jacintha Actor: Miss Plym, first time
Role: Strictland Actor: Love
Role: Mrs Strictland Actor: Mrs Davies
Role: Frankly Actor: Palmer
Role: Bellamy Actor: Packer
Role: Lucetta Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: To conclude with a Country Dance Actor: .

Afterpiece Title: The Rites of Hecate

Event Comment: SSquire Richard-Mr Obrien ($Hopkins). Benefit for King. Receipts: #250 (MacMillan); charges: #64 4s. [Profit to King: #185 16s.


Mainpiece Title: The Provok'd Husband

Performance Comment: As17640310 but Squire Richard-Obrien, first time.
Role: Squire Richard Actor: Obrien, first time.
Role: Count Basset Actor: King.
Role: Lord Townly Actor: Powell, first time
Role: Sir Francis Wronghead Actor: Yates
Role: Manly Actor: Havard
Role: Lady Wronghead Actor: Mrs Hopkins
Role: Lady Grace Actor: Miss Plym
Role: Miss Jenny Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Mrs Motherly Actor: Mrs Cross
Role: Myrtilla Actor: Mrs Lee
Role: Poundage Actor: Clough
Role: Trusty Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: John Moody Actor: Burton
Role: Lady Townly Actor: Mrs Yates.

Afterpiece Title: The Musical Lady

Role: Old Mask Actor: Yates
Role: Mask Actor: King
Role: Sophy Actor: Miss Pope
Role: Freeman Actor: Packer
Role: Lady Scrape Actor: Mrs Bennet
Role: Laundress Actor: Mrs Bradshaw
Role: To conclude with a Country Dance Actor: .