“Their Majesties' Servants.” Annals of the English Stage, from Thomas Betterton to Edward Kean. Actors-Authors-Audiences

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Page 43 - Hotspur) when the Betterton Brutus was provoked, in his dispute with Cassius, his spirit flew only to his eye; his steady look alone supplied that terror, which he disdained an intemperance in his voice should rise to.
Page 307 - such stuff as great part of Shakespeare? only one must not say so! But what think you? — What? — Is there not sad stuff? What?— what?
Page 66 - The Humourous Lovers ;" the most silly thing that ever came upon a stage. I was sick to see it, but yet would not but have seen it, that I might the better understand her.
Page 40 - I have hardly a notion, that any performer of antiquity could surpass the action of Mr. Betterton in any of the occasions in which he has appeared on our stage. The wonderful agony which he appeared in, when he examined the circumstance of the handkerchief in Othello; the mixture of love that intruded upon his mind, upon the innocent answers Desdemona makes, betrayed in his gesture such a variety and vicissitude of passions, as would admonish a man to be afraid of his own heart...
Page 43 - ... might wish or enjoin a sorrowful son to execute, towards his future quiet in the grave.
Page 17 - To the Theatre, where was acted 'Beggar's Bush,' it being very well done ; and here the first time that ever I saw women come upon the stage.
Page 43 - I never heard a line in tragedy come from Betterton, wherein my judgment, my ear, and my imagination, were not fully satisfied; which, since his time, I cannot equally say of any one actor whatsoever...
Page 93 - from one play-house to the other play-house ; and if they like neither the play nor the women, they seldom stay any longer than the combing of their perriwigs, or a whisper or two with a friend, and then they cock their caps, and out they strut again.
Page 463 - This is a really valuable work. A book which will long remain the standard authority on the subject. No one who has been to the Channel Islands, or who purposes going there will be insensible of its value.
Page 35 - Oh, brother ! Here lies your sister slain ; you lose yourself In sorrow there. Mel. Why, Diphilus, it is A thing to laugh at in respect of this : Here was my sister, father, brother, son : All that I had ! Speak once again : What youth Lies slain there by thee ? Amin.

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