A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Volume 4, Early by Allardyce Nicoll

By Allardyce Nicoll

Allardyce Nicoll's background of English Drama, 1660-1900 used to be a major scholarly fulfillment and the paintings of 1 guy. Nicoll's heritage, which tells the tale of English drama from the reopening of the theatres on the time of the recovery all over to the top of the Victorian interval, used to be considered by means of Notes and Queries (1952) as 'a nice paintings of exploration, an in depth advisor to the untrodden acres of our dramatic historical past, hitherto principally neglected as barren and with out interest'. The heritage is reissued in seven paperback volumes, on hand individually and as a collection. In volumes 1-5 Nicoll describes the stipulations of the level, actors and bosses in addition to dramatic genres. The 6th and 7th volumes provide a entire checklist of all of the performs identified to were produced or published in England among 1660 and 1930, with their authors and replacement titles; it has hence self sustaining price in addition to supplying an index to the sooner volumes.

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Dunlap, Memoirs of George Fred. Cooke ( 1 813), i. 276. Pamphlets and books in scores appeared on Betty during 1804 and 1 So5. In particular should be noted G. D. Harley, An Authentic Biographical Sketch of the Life, Education, and Personal Character, of William Henry West Betty, the Celebrated Young Roscius ( 1804), T. Harral, The Infant Roscius (1 805), The Life of Wm. D. S. (1805). 1 W. Dunlap, op. cit. i. 281. • • • T H E A U D I E N CE 21 who had not realised that fashion had swept on to some other fancy, the infant frenzy died away.

He told me, with a . gust of satisfaction, that he had engaged the Burmah bulls, 1 Op. cit. i. 169. 1 E. Fitzball, op. cit. i. v-vi. 1 T. J. L. 1800), Prologue. • Op. cit. ii. 24. 26 T H E T HEATRE elephants, ostriches, I think, and heaven knows what besides, from the Surrey Zoological Gardens1• Nor were these by any means uncommon. It is certainly at no rare intervals that we run across notices such as the following in the daily and monthly press : An oriental spectacle, entitled, Hyder Ali, or the Lions of Mysore, was this evening produced, in which the principal actors were the inhabitants of the menagetie at Paris2• All efforts were made to secure novelty.

Basin in front of fountain. " Evidently, as in days gone by, special flats came to be known by the names of their artists, and Telbin is immortalised here as Harvey was in an eighteenth century inventory1• " A Chamber in the House of GELOSO " in the second scene is marked as " Yeoman's Daughter, chamber 1st groove " ; in other words the chamber scene - from one of the Yeoman's Daughter plays is set im­ mediately behind the proscenium pillars. orales " (scene iii) was specially painted, for its description is more detailed : " Stone house and wing to join wing 2nd ; wing groove.

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