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N.B. Between the two Parts will be presented an Historical Play, called the Life and Death of
KING RICHARD THE THIRD,
containing the Distresses of King Henry VI. The Artful Acquisition of the Crown by King Richard, The Murder of the young King Edward V. and his Brother, in the Tower,
The Landing of the Earl of Richmond, And the Death of King Richard in the memorable Battle of Bosworth Field, being the last that was fought between the Houses of York and Lancaster. With many other true historical Passages.
The Part of King Richard by a Gentleman. (Who never appeared on any Stage.) King Henry, by Mr. Giffard; Richmond, Mr. Marshall; Prince Edward, by Miss Hippisley; Duke of York, Miss Naylor; Duke of Buckingham, Mr. Peterson; Duke of Norfolk, Mr. Blades; Lord Stanley, Mr. Pagett; Oxford, Mr. Vaughan; Tressel, Mr. W. Giffard; Catesby, Mr. Marr; Rutcliff, Mr. Crofts; Blunt, Mr. Naylor ; Tyrrell, Mr. Puttenham; Lord Mayor, Mr. Dunstall; The Queen, Mrs. Steel j Duchess of York, Mrs. Yates;
And the Part of Lady Anne
To which will be added a Ballad Opera of one Act, called
Both of which will be performed Gratis by Persons for their Diversion.
This bill would seem to contradict an inscription in the large room at the St John's Gate Tavern, Clerkenwell, which is to the effect that Garrick made his first appearance on any stage there. The first appearance of David on any stage was at Ipswich, also in 1741, "where, under the assumed name of Lyddul, he appeared as Aboan in the tragedy of 'Oroonoko.'" His acting at the East End of London was a decided success, and the performances were continued for what was then considered an almost fabulous period. "The other theatres were quickly deserted, and Goodman's Fields became the resort of people of fashion, even from the West End, till that theatre was shut up." The last performance at Goodman's Fields is said to have taken place on a Sunday. Another playbill of the middle of the eighteenth century may be found interesting, though for no such, reasons as are found in that of Goodman's Fields. It is redolent of the pride and poverty which seem to be ever associated with the drama in days gone by, and is given by Boaden in his "Life of Mrs Siddons :"—
At the Old Theatre, in East Grinstead, on Saturday, May, 1758, will be represented (by particular desire, and for the benefit of Mrs. P.) the deep and affecting tragedy of
"THEODOSIUS, OR THE FORCE OF LOVE,"
with magnificent scenes, dresses, &c.
Varanes by Mr. P., who will strive, as far as possible, to support the character of the fiery Persian Prince, in which he was so much admired and applauded at Hastings-,- Arundel, Petworth, Midworth, Lewes, &c.
Theodosius by a young Gentleman from the University of Oxford, who never appeared on any Stage.
Athenais by Mrs. P. Though her present Condition will not permit her to wait on Gentlemen and Ladies out of the town with Tickets, she hopes, as on former Occasions, for their Liberality and Support.
Nothing in Italy can exceed the Altar, in the first scene of the Play; nevertheless should any of the Nobility or Gentry wish to see it ornamented with Flowers, the Bearer will bring away as many as they choose to favour him with.
As the coronation of Athenais, to be introduced in the fifth Act, contains a number of Personages, more than sufficient to fill all the dresing Rooms, &c., it is hoped no Gentlemen and Ladies will be offended being refused admission behind the Scenes.
N.B. The great yard Dog, that made so much noise on Thursday night, during the last Act of King Richard the Third, will be sent to a Neighbour's over the way; and on account of the prodigious demand for places, part of the Stable will be laid into the Boxes on one side, and the Granary be open for the same purpose on the other.
Those who are curious in the matter of playbills in all languages will perhaps accept the annexed as a compromise, and as the nearest thing in a general way we can manage in the space at command. Those also who are good at riddles may like to try their skill on it:—
SAturday 30 and on Sunday 31 of the corrent, in the Royal Theatre of St. Charles will be represented by the Italian Company the famous Holy Drama intitled
IL TRIONFO DI GIUDITTA
LA MORTE D' OLOFERNE. In the interval of the first to the second act it shall have a new and pompous Ball of the composition of John Baptista Gianini, who has by title:
IL SACRIFICIO D' ABRAMO in which will enter all the excellent corp of Ball, who dance at present in the said Royal Theatre; the spetacle will be finished with the second act and Ball analog to the same Drama, all with the nessessary decoration.
This is who is offered to the Respectable Publick of whom is waited all the proctetion and concurrence:
It will begin at 8 o'clok.
We next append a bill of the far-famed Richardson's Theatre under date 1825—one of those distributed during the Bartlemy Fair of that year. Hone describes the theatre thus: "The outside of this show was in height upwards of thirty feet, and occupied one hundred feet in width. The platform on the outside was very elevated; the back of it was lined with green baize, and festooned with deeply-fringed crimson curtains, except at two places, where the money-takers sat, which were wide and roomy projections, fitted up like Gothic shrine-work, with columns and pinnacles. There were fifteen hundred variegated illumination-lamps disposed over various parts of the platform, some of them depending from the top in the shape of chandeliers and lustres, and others in wreaths and festoons. A band of ten performers in scarlet dresses, similar to those worn by beefeaters, continually played on clarionets, violins, trombones, and the long drum; while the performers paraded in their gayest 'properties' before the gazing multitude. Audiences rapidly ascended on each performance being over, and paying their money to the receivers in their Gothic seats, had tickets in return; which being taken at the doors, admitted them to descend into the ' theatre.'" The bill is as follows :—
%# Change of Performance each Day.
This Day will be performed, an entire New Melo-Drama, called the WANDERING
Or, the Hour of Retribution.
Gustavus, Elector of Saxony ... Mr. Wright.
Orsina, Baron of Holstein Mr. Cooper.
Ulric and Albert, Vassals to Orsina Messrs. Grove and Moore.
Rinalda, the Accusing Spirit ... Mr. Darling.
Monks, Vassals, Hunters, &c.
Nuns and Ladies.
The Piece concludes with the Death of Orsina, and the Appearance
The Entertainments to conclude with a Netv Comic Harlequinade, with New Scenery, Tricks, Dresses, and Decorations, called HARLEQUIN
FA US TU S!
DEVIL WILL HAVE HIS OWN. Luciferno, Mr. Thomas. Daemon Amozor, afterwards Pantaloon, Mr. Wilkinson.—Daemon
Ziokos, afterwards Clown, Mr. Hayward.—Violoncello Player, Mr.
Adelada, afterwards Columbine,
Attendant Dcemons, Sprites, Fairies, Ballad Singers, Flower
The Pantomime will finish with
BOXES, 2s. PIT, is. GALLERY, 6a.
Of show advertisements of a different kind, we have preserved one or two notable specimens. The first is of the time of William and Mary, and gives itself in two languages, though, unlike the opera bill given a page or so
back, it keeps them separate :—
A Raritie in Nature. Vne Raretfe en la Nature, viz.
Surpassing all Prodigies and Une Fille très Admirable, elle est
strange Births that ever were seen, belle, âgée de seize ans, son visage,
more admired by the Learned than Col, mameles, Bras & Mains, sont
any sort of Creature that ever was de Coleur Blanche, merques de
brought to England, whose Body is beaucoup taches naturelles, les
of different Colours, fart white,part jambs, & pieds toutes de mesmes,
brcnvn and smooth, part Hairy like le rest du. Corps est de divers
a Satyr, with admirable unusual Coleurs, avec des Excrescenes
growings out, that no reason can fort estranges on n'a jamais veue
be given for. This Maid is about une telle. L'on la voit en toutes
16 years of age, of a comely Coun- heures du jour dans Bell-savage
tenante, proportionable Body, hath yard on Ludgate Hill, London, an excellent head of Hair, speaketh ViVAT Rex
good English, is Ingenious and Modest. Any particular Company may see her at any hour of the aay in Bell Savage Yard on Ludgate Hill, London.
God save the King.
It is noticeable that the showman uses the common Latin