The Reminiscences of Thomas Dibdin: Of the Theatres Royal, Covent-Garden, Drury-Lane, Haymarket, &c., and Author of The Cabinet, &c. ...

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H. Colburn, 1827 - Actors

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Page 349 - My name is Norval: on the Grampian hills My father feeds his flocks; a frugal swain, Whose constant cares were to increase his store, And keep his only son, myself, at home.
Page 16 - Hamlet" with alterations. It was the most imprudent thing I ever did in all my life ; but I had sworn I would not leave the stage till I had rescued that noble play from all the rubbish of the fifth act.
Page 418 - Hull addressed the crowd exactly in the urbane and gentlemanly tone and manner which he always so naturally assumed on the stage : " Ladies and gentlemen, I lament exceedingly to be under the necessity of offering an apology this evening ; but I am obliged to state that all the strong beer has disappeared, and in this predicament, having, at a very short notice, procured a cask of small, we hope to meet with your usual indulgence.
Page 34 - I was in the wrong ; that iny letter to him made matters rather worse. He next admonished my principal not in future to degrade his dependents by coups de baton, which spoiled the spirit of London apprentices, whose legal guardian he was, and would be while he sat in that chair, or why did he sit there at all ? He added that young men might have worse propensities than a love for the theatre, or a taste for copying scenery. In conclusion, he advised us to forget the present matter, and he was sure...
Page 96 - ... substantially covered, for the rest of the family. Twice a week, when the theatre was not open, a pleasant little tea and card party, concluding at an early hour, filled up the time which, on other evenings, was allotted to the business of the theatre. When Mrs. Baker (who had many years previously only employed actors and actresses of cherry-wood, holly, oak, or ebony, and dressed and undressed both the ladies and gentlemen...
Page 150 - Hang out our banners on the outward walls; The cry is still "They come": our castle's strength Will laugh a siege to scorn: here let them lie Till famine and the ague eat them up: Were they not forced with those that should be ours.
Page 95 - ... Judy. But her industry, energy, and enterprise were of an indomitable kind. She generally lived in her theatres, and rising early to accomplish her marketing and other household duties, she proceeded to take up her position in the box-office, with the box-book open before her, and resting upon it 'a massy silver inkstand, which, with a superb pair of silver trumpets, several cups, tankards and candlesticks of the same pure metal, it was her honest pride to say she had paid for with her own hard...
Page 101 - I'm sure you do, and I won't have my young men get into debt in the town; here is a week's salary in advance, all in silver; show the Deal people a little of this, and they will bo sure to be civil to you in the hopes of getting the rest of it.
Page 418 - I took by the throat the circumcised dog,' when almost at his wits' end for something to 'smite' him with, he looked round, saw a drawn sword in Mr. Hull's hand, and snatched it by way of substitute for the weapon he ought to have had. It happened to be a true Toledo, and indeed a very sharp one ; and on Othello's abruptly seizing it, Mr. Hull, in most benevolent...
Page 15 - Garrick himself in 1776 was rather dubious about his procedure : " I have ventured to produce Hamlet with alterations. It was the most impudent thing I ever did in all my life ; but I had sworn I would not leave the stage till I rescued that noble play from all the rubbish of the fifth Act.

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