An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Comedian, and Late Patentee of the Theatre-Royal: With an Historical View of the Stage During His Own Time

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John Watts, 1740 - English drama - 346 pages

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Page 226 - Reason he gave for it was, that the Distresses of King Henry the Sixth, who is kill'd by Richard in the first Act, would put weak People too much in mind of King James then living in France...
Page 93 - 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 105 - Kynaston showed his most masterly strokes of nature; expressing all the various motions of the heart with the same force, dignity, and feeling, they are written; adding to the whole that peculiar and becoming grace which the best writer cannot inspire into any actor that is not born with it.
Page 264 - Nor could it be expected that Betterton himself, at past seventy, could retain his former Force, and Spirit; though he was yet far distant from any Competitor. Thus then were these Remains of the best Set of Actors, that I believe were ever known, at once, in England, by Time, Death, and the Satiety of their Hearers mould'ring to decay.
Page 226 - Sic volo occasioned my applying to him for the small indulgence of a speech or two, that the other four acts might limp on with a little less absurdity.
Page 179 - Relapse," however imperfect in the conduct, by the mere force of its agreeable wit, ran away with the hearts of its hearers ; while " Love's last Shift," which, as Mr. Congreve justly said of it, had only in it, a great many things that were like wit, that in reality were not wit...
Page 120 - In the ludicrous distresses which by the laws of comedy folly is often involved in, he sunk into such a mixture of piteous pusillanimity, and a consternation so ruefully ridiculous and inconsolable, that when he had shook you to a fatigue of laughter, it became a moot point whether you ought not to have pitied him.
Page 469 - Vanbrugh, who was conscious of what it had too much of, was prevail'd upon, to substitute a new-written Scene in the Place of one, in the fourth Act, where the Wantonness of his Wit, and Humour, had (originally) made a Rake talk like a Rake, in the borrow'd Habit of a Clergyman: To avoid which Offence, he clapt the same Debauchee, into the Undress of a Woman of Quality...
Page 406 - To speak of him as an actor, he was the most original and the strictest observer of nature, of all his contemporaries. He borrowed from none of them; his manner was his own ; he was a pattern to others, whose greatest merit was that they had sometimes tolerably imitated him. In dressing a character to the greatest exactness, he was remarkably skilful ; the least article of whatever habit he wore, seemed in some degree to speak and mark the different humour he presented; a necessary care...
Page 184 - Shallow was as simple and as merry an old rake as the wisest of our young ones could wish me ; and though the terror and detestation raised by king Richard might be too severe a delight for them, yet the more gentle and modern vanities of a poet Bays, or the well-bred vices of a lord Foppington, were not at all more than their merry hearts or nicer morals could bear.

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