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 379 - By heaven, methinks it were an easy leap, To pluck bright honour from the pale-faced moon, Or dive into the bottom of the deep, Where fathom-line could never touch the ground, And pluck up drowned honour by the locks...
Page 101 - Douglas sacrificed them, Moore who contradicted Kinnaird, and Kinnaird who contradicted every body : then our two managers, Rae and Dibdin ; and our secretary, Ward ! and yet we were all very zealous and in earnest to do good and so forth. George Lamb furnished us with prologues to our revived old English plays; but was not...
Page 211 - ... a sheet of paper, desired me to fill up the carte blanche with my own terms of engagement, stating that he had been so ill-treated at the Coburg that he would not play there again. This I declined to do, as unfair to the other Theatre." " After all," adds Tom Dibdin, " the opening of the Coburg was a lamentable circumstance to both parties. It was the ruin of my incipient good prospects at an expense to itself of still greater magnitude. I lost nearly eighteen thousand pounds at the Surrey, and...
Page 120 - Inclination for treading the Stage is So Strong, That i am like Lothair, ' Without the Stage my life is But a Blank,' my Services is Useless to Others and Miserable to Myself. And further, i have to State, i am Very Expeditious at Writing Plays, and have no Objection of Supplying you with a Melodrame Every 3 Months free of Expence ; and i have one now in my Possession Which i have lately Wrote, Entitled The (Assassins of the forest,) in 5 Acts, Which, sir, is yours, if you think Proper to Engage...
Page 363 - I have nineteen daughters all living ; never had a son ; and Mrs. Ashe, myself, and nineteen female Ashe plants, sit down one-and-twenty to dinner every day. Sir, I am smothered with petticoats.
Page 120 - ... attempts of candidates for the stage. Their pride and ambitious sense of their own merits contrasts in a very entertaining way with the modest character of their present position. Every manager could contribute some diverting chapters to this department of human weakness. " SIR," wrote an applicant, " I have took the liberty of Troubling you with those few lines, to Ask you if you have an Engagement Vacant in Your Company. To Let You know My Accomplishments, I am Active and Ready, Quick at my...
Page 170 - Free is his heart who for his country fights, &c. &c. exquisitely set by Sanderson, and delightfully sung, together with an expensive processional representation of the landing of the Danes : besides all this, as a Surrey Theatre gallery audience always expects some ultra incident, I had a representative of Lady Randolph in the person of a very clever...
Page 18 - You will see by my plan of 1691, that Covent Garden was then in the emporium of the arts and sciences, and the residence of the chief nobility of the kingdom. My late dear grandfather's cordial friend, the celebrated Barton Booth, lived in Charles Street, No. 4 ; Colley Gibber lived in No. 3 ; and Easty's Hotel was Mr. Garrick's ; Mrs. Oldfield lived in Southampton Street. Wilkes built the house in Bow Street, next door but one to the theatre ; Garrick and Macklin lodged in it. I thought this information...
Page 211 - ... play Fitzharding in this piece three nights a week, being the " off-nights " of his engagement at Covent Garden. He played Fitzharding with brilliant success fifty-three nights. Tom Dibdin, then Manager of the Surrey, relates that Mr. Booth " came to me before he had played three nights at the Coburg, and, hastily writing his name at the bottom of a sheet of paper, desired me to fill up the carte blanche with my own terms of engagement, stating that he had been so ill-treated at the Coburg that...

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