Plays by James Robinson Planché: The Vampire, the Garrick Fever, Beauty and the Beast, Foutunio and His Seven Gifted Servants, The Golden Fleece, The Camp at the Olympic, The Discreet Princess
James Robinson Planché was one of the most prolific and successful of nineteenth-century playwrights. In a career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred and eighty pieces of all types, from pantomime and farce to melodrama and opera, for production at a wide range of London theatres. This book offers a representative selection of his most popular plays. It includes one melodrama - The Vampire; or The Bride of the Isles (1820), which represents the first treatment of the vampire theme on the English stage; one farce - The Garrick Fever (1839); three 'fairy' extravaganzas - Beauty and the Beast (1841), Fortunio and his Seven Gifted Servants (1843), and The Discreet Princess; or, The Three Glass Distaffs (1855); one 'classical' extravaganza - The Golden Fleece; or, Jason in Colchis and Medea in Corinth (1845); and one revue of events in contemporary London - The Camp at the Olympic (1853). The volume includes a lengthy introduction which sets the plays in the theatrical context of their time, a chronological record of Planché's life, a complete list of his plays, and a bibliography.
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THE GARRICK FEVER
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
FORTUNIO AND HIS SEVEN GIFTED SERVANTS
THE GOLDEN FLEECE OR JASON IN COLCHIS
THE CAMP AT THE OLYMPIC
THE DISCREET PRINCESS OR THE THREE
26 December Adelphi Theatre audience BABIL BABILLARDA BEAST BEAU Beauty Behold BRIDGET burlesque Charles Dance CHORUS Colchis comedy costume Covent Garden CREON Dance daughter dear distaff dragon drama DRES dress Drury Lane EETES EFFIE Enter Exeunt Exit fairy extravaganzas fancy father FINETTA FORTUNIO Garrick GINGLE Golden Fleece HARDUP Haymarket Theatre hear heart Henry Bishop horse IDEL IDELFONZA JASON JOHN QUILL KING LADY MARGARET LADY O'LEARY LIGHTFOOT London Lord Ronald Lyceum Theatre M'SWILL Madame Vestris MAJOR manager master Mathews MEDEA melodrama Miss never Olympic Theatre opera performed piece Planche Planche's play POLLY pray Prince Princess Queen Recollections and Reflections RICH RICHCRAFT ROBERT RUTHVEN Sadler's Wells Theatre scene SERVANTS sing SIR ALDGATE sister Song spirit stage sure tell thee There's thou Tom Cooke UNDERTONE Vampire What's WOLF WURM young