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L. I. F. and Hay. 1704-1705. * Mariana in Biter —* Angelica in Gamester.
Hay. 1705-1706. *FIippanta—*Semanthe in Ulyssea—*Oriana in British Enchanters.
1706-1707. Cordelia—Aspatia in Maid's Tragedy —Harriet in Man of the Mode—Estifania—Rutland —Arbella in Committee—Gatty in She wou'd if she cou'd—Ophelia—Statira—Portia in Julius Caesar— Hellena in Rover—Melantha in Marriage a-la-Mode —Lavinia in Caius Marius.
John Verbruggen's name does not appeal. in the bills after this season—he died before April 17O8.
Verbruggen had the words perfect at one view, and nature directed them into voice and action, in which last he was always pleasing, his person being tall, well-built and clean; only he was a little in-kneed, this gave him a shambling gait, which was a carelessness and became him—his chief parts were Edgar —Bajazet—Oronooko—the Rover and Cassius— when he acted Cassius to Betterton's Brutus, you might behold the grand contest, viz. whether nature or art excelled; Verbruggen wild and untaught, or Betterton in the trammels of instruction—in Edgar Verbruggen showed his judgment most, for his madness was unlimited—in his addresses to Cordelia and Imoinda he was tender and soft—when in Oronooko he said " Ha! thou hast roused the lion" &c., he
spoke this like a lion in the Rover, never were
more beautiful scenes than between him and Mrs.
Bracegirdle in Hellena, for what with Verbruggen's untaught airs and her smiling repartees, the audience were afraid they were going off the stage every moment.
Verbruggen was nature without extravagance, and freedom without licentiousness—he was vociferous without bellowing—nature was so predominant in him that his second thoughts never altered his prime performance—in Oronooko he was the unpolished hero—(Anthony Aston.)—the author of the Laureat says, he was excellent in Ventidius—Chamont— Pierre—and Cethegus—Cibber scarcely mentions him, and seems to have studiously avoided it.
Verbruggen's characters—selection only.
T. R. 1688—as Mr. Alexander—* Termagant in Squire of Alsatia.
1693. * Sharper in Old Batchelor—*Careless in Double Dealer.
1694—as Verbruggen—*Ambrosioin Don Quixote 1st and 2d part—*Frederick in Fatal Marriage— *Lovell in Canterbury Guests.
1695. * Loveless in Love's last Shift.
1696. * Oronooko—* Prince Frederick in Younger Brother.
1697. *Loveless in Relapse—at L. I. F. *Constant in Provoked "Wife—*King of Granada in Mourning Bride—*Sir Francis Wildlove in Innocent Mistress.
L. I. F. 1698. * Achilles in Heroic Love.
1700. Hotspur—*Claudio in Measure for Measure altered—* Junius in Fate of Capua—*Mirabell in Way of the World—*Artaxerxes in Ambitious Stepmother.
1701. Valentinian in ditto—* Antonio in Jew of Venice.
1703-1704. At Court—Ventidius— Page in Merry Wives—at L. I. F. Caesar Borgia in ditto.
L. I. F. 1704-1705. *Young Valere in Gamester.
Hay. 17O6-1707. Edgar—Horatio in HamletRamble in London Cuckolds—Alexander—Cassius —the Rover—Iago—Lorenzo in Spanish Fryar— Wolsey—Chamont—Don Sebastian—* Sullen—Pierre —Ranger in Fond Husband—Apemantus—Duke Ferdinand in Dutchess of Malfey—Lieutenant in Old Troop—Hannibal in Sophonisba.
Mrs. Leigh's name does not appear after this season —in Oct. 1707 Mrs. Powell acted her parts in the Committee and Fortune Hunters—Mrs. Leigh's name stands to Scintillia in the French Conjuror as Mrs. Eliz. Leigh—Cibber particularly notices her in the Mother in the Chances, Aunt in Sir Courtly, and Lady Wishfort.
It is sufficiently clear that in and about 1702 there was another actress of the same name, it cannot be supposed that Anthony Leigh's widow could act Mrs. Plotwell in the Beau's Duel, Chloris in As you find it, and some other young parts, to which the name of Mrs. Leigh stands—Eli. Leigh, probably the wife of Francis Leigh, signed a petition, with other performers, to Queen Anne in 1709—this actress seems to have played decent parts at first, and then to have sunk into obscurity.
D. L. And D. G. 1707-1708.
Oct. 18. In order to complete the Company, Recruiting Officer. Plume = Bickerstaffe: Brazen = Weller: Kite = Estcourt: Balance = Capt. Griffin: Worthy = Burkett: Sylvia = Mrs. Moore: Melinda = Mrs. Knight: Rose = Mrs. Babb: Lucy = Mrs. Cox.
The Company was very weak, and stood much in need of Recruits.
21. Committee. Teague = Estcourt: Ruth = Mrs. Mountfort—a Prologue to the Town by Mrs. Babb.
23. Tunbridge Walks. Reynard = Bickerstaffe: Yeoman = Estcourt: Squib = Pinkethman: Maiden = Carnaby: Hillaria = Mrs. Knight: Mrs. Goodfellow = Mrs. Kent: Lucy = Mrs. Lucas.
25. Love makes a Man. Clodio = Bickerstaffe: Don Lewis = Pinkethman: Governour = Capt. Griffin: Louisa = Mrs. Moore: Elvira =Mrs. Knight.
28. Sir Solomon 29. Timon. Apemantus=
31. Reformed Wife—this play was acted twice— it was probably revived from some intimation having been received of the use which Cibber had made of it in the Double Gallant—see Hay. Nov. 1.
Nov. 4. Emperor of the Moon—6. Squire of Alsatia.
8. Spanish Fryar—18. Rehearsal—20. Tempest.
22. Not acted 5 years, CEdipus. CEdipus=Powell: —he probably joined the company at this time, as his name had not been mentioned before, and was studiously mentioned afterwards.
25 and 26. Powell acted Don John and Plume.
28 and 29. Powell acted Macbeth and Armusia in I. P.
Dec. 2. Northern Lass. Sir Philip Luckless = Powell: Bulfinch = Estcourt: Nonsense = Pinkethman: Northern Lass = Mrs. Mountfort.
4. CEdipus. Jocasta = Mrs. Knight.
10. Timonof Athens=Powell: Poet=Pinkethman.
11. Not acted 5 years, (acted March 27 1706) Virtue Betrayed. King=Estcourt: Piercy= Powell.
17. Not acted 3 years, Rule a Wife. Leon = Powell: Estifania^Mrs. Mountfort.
26. Northern Lass. Widgine = Leigh: Mrs. Fitchew = Mrs. Knight: Constance Holdup = Mrs. Lucas:—with an Equi-vocal Epilogue after the old English manner, compiled and spoken by the most famous singer Signor Pinkethmano, upon an Ass that never appeared but twice on either stage.
27. Tempest. Prospero = Powell 1st time for 4 years.
30. Not acted 4 years, (acted Dec. 10 1705) Jovial Crew. Springlove = Powell.