The Theatrical times, Volume 3


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Página 5 - Invest me in my motley ; give me leave To speak my mind, and I will through and through Cleanse the foul body of the infected world, If they will patiently receive my medicine.
Página 125 - We were all, at the first night of it, in great uncertainty of the event, till we were very much encouraged by overhearing the Duke of Argyle, who sat in the next box to us, say, 'It will do — it must do ! I see it in the eyes of them.
Página 100 - An Act for reducing the Laws relating to Rogues. Vagabonds. Sturdy Beggars. and Vagrants into One Act of Parliament. and for the more effectual punishing such Rogues. Vagabonds. Sturdy Beggars. and Vagrants. and sending them whither they ought to be sent'. as relates to common Players of Interludes: and another Act passed in the Twenty-eighth Year of the Reign of King George the Third.
Página 125 - The Magistrates now sitting in Bow Street, present their compliments to Mr. Colman, and acquaint him, that on the Beggar's Opera being given out to be played some time ago, at Drury Lane Theatre, they requested the managers of that theatre not to exhibit this opera, deeming it productive of mischief to society, as in their opinion it most undoubtedly increased the number of thieves ; and that the managers obligingly returned for answer, that for...
Página 125 - He began on it, and when first he mentioned it to Swift, the doctor did not much like the project. As he carried it on, he showed what he wrote to both of us, and we now and then gave a correction, or a word or two of advice; but it was wholly of his own writing. When it was done, neither of us thought it would succeed. We showed it to Congreve, who, after reading it over, said it would either take greatly or be damned confoundedly.
Página 60 - In that of Sir Courtly Nice his excellence was still greater ; there, his whole man, voice, mien, and gesture, was no longer Monfort, but another person. There, the insipid, soft civility, the elegant and formal mien, the drawling delicacy of voice, the stately flatness of his address, and the empty eminence of his attitudes...
Página 92 - Herculean satirist, this drawcansir in wit, that spared neither friend' nor foe ; who, to make his poetical fame immortal, like another Erostratus, set fire to his stage, by writing up to an act of parliament to demolish it.
Página 60 - The wit of the poet seemed always to come from him extempore, and sharpened into more wit from his brilliant manner of delivering it ; he had himself a good share of it, or what is equal to it, so lively a pleasantness of humour, that when either of these fell into his hands upon the stage, he wantoned with them to the highest delight of his auditors. The agreeable was so natural to him, that even in that dissolute character of the Rover, he seemed to wash off the guilt from vice, and gave it charms...
Página 125 - Dr. Swift had been observing once to Mr. Gay, what an odd pretty sort of a thing a Newgate Pastoral might make. Gay was inclined to try at such a thing for some time ; but afterwards thought it would be better to write a comedy on the same plan. This was what gave rise to the Beggar's Opera.
Página 92 - ... to it. Scurrilous personalities, low buffoonery, and undisguised sedition took possession of the stage, and the licentiousness of morals under Charles the Second was now exchanged for the licentiousness of liberty. The necessity of some curb to these excesses became evident to all parties. In 1735, Sir John Barnard brought in a Bill to restrain the number of playhouses, and regulate the stage ; nor did there appear at first a single dissenting voice ; but on Walpole attempting to introduce a...

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