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Dodsley in his edition of the Jovial Crew gives the complete cast of the play—no doubt as it was acted on this day—Oldrents = Capt. Griffin: Hearty = Pinkethman: Springlove = Powell: Vincent = Weller: Hilliard = Carnaby: Justice Clack = Provost: Tallboy = Pack: Rachel = Mrs. Knight: Meriel = Mrs. Moor: Amie = Mrs. Cox :—Dodsley seems to be corect as to Pack, but he was at the Hay. Nov. 18th —an edition of the Jovial Crew was printed (probably) in 1708—with the cast of the play at D. L at
the Hay.—and again at D. L. after the union of the two companies—Dodsley reprinted these three casts.
Jan. 1. Not acted 5 years, King Lear. Lear = Powell.
7. Not acted 5 years, Comical Revenge. Sir Frederick Frolick = Powell: Palmer = Estcourt.
9. Spanish Fryar = Estcourt: Torrismond = Powell
10. CEdipus = Powell.
There seem to have been no plays from the 10th to the 15th. (Bills from B. M.)
Rich, who had acted as sole Manager at D. L. for several years, could never be persuaded or driven to any account with the other Proprietors—Sir Thomas Skipwith, in the summer of 1707* made over to Mr. Brett the large share which he had in the Theatre, and which Malone supposes him to have derived from some of the Killegrew family—Brett produced his Deed of Conveyance to Rich—Rich made no opposition to it—Brett, by his intimacy with the Vicechamberlain, affected a re-union of the two companies—Swiney was made director of the Operas— the actors were all ordered to return to D. L.—there to remain (under the Patentees) her Majesty's only
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company of Comedians—( Cibber)—the Court seems, at this time and for some years after, resolved to make the concerns of the Theatre (per fas et nefas) entirely dependant upon the Lord Chamberlain.
Cibber says (page 244 of the Octavo Edition) that the Theatrical union was effected in the same year as the union between England and Scotland—that is in 1707,* and mentions as a proof of it, that Estcourt, who then took upon him to say any thing, added a 4th line to the Prologue of the play in Hamlet;
"For us and for our Tragedy,
Unfortunately Cibber tells us (page 312) that the re-union of the companies was in 1708.
Cibber is very near right in both his statements, as the union really took place in 1707-8, but the apparent contradiction between his two accounts puzzled me exceedingly till I saw the playbills—for who would have imagined thatthe union commenced inthemiddle of a season?—the bills are always of great importance, but never more so than on this occasion.
Capt. Griffin seems not to have acted after the Union of the two companies in Jan.
Griffin, who belonged to the King's Company, left the stage about 6 years after the Union in 1682—he seems to have gone into the army and to have re
* The Union between England and Scotland took place on the first of May 1707
turned to the stage in 1701—this is by no means certain; but it seems more probable, than that Capt. Griffin should have gone on the stage without having previously been connected with it—Capt. Griffin played elderly parts, such as Griffin would naturally have played on returning to the stage after an absence of about 13 years—Downes says that Griffin excelled in Surly—Sir Edward Belfond and the Plain Dealer —Capt. Griffin acted the. Plain Dealer in 1705—Sir Courtly Nice and the Squire of Alsatia were performed while Capt. Griffin was at D. L., but it does not appear, who acted Surly and Sir Edward Belfond.
Capt. Griffin is mentioned by Cibber, with Betterton—Smith—Mountfort—Mrs. Bracegirdle and Mrs. Oldfield, as being much noticed off the stage by persons of consequence.
Oct. 13. Recruiting Officer—14. Beaux Strategem.
15. Taming of a Shrew 16. Spanish Fryar.
18. Never acted there, Love's last Shift. Sir Novelty Fashion = Cibber: Loveless = Wilks: Elder Worthy = Booth: Younger Worthy = Mills: Su
William Wisewou'd = Johnson: Snap = Norris: Sly = Bullock: Narcissa = Mrs. Oldfield: Amanda = Mrs. Rogers, her 1st appearance on that stage: Hillaria = Mrs. Bradshaw: Flareit = Mrs. Saunders.
20. Constant Couple.
21. Committee. Bookseller = Norris: Mrs. Day = Mrs. Powell: Arbella = Mrs. Rogers :—rest as before.
22. Bartholemew Fair. Rabby Busy = Cibber: Mrs. Wellborn = Mrs. Bradshaw: Mrs. Littlewit = Mrs. Saunders.
23. Sir Courtly Nice—Surly is omitted: Aunt = Mrs. Powell:—rest as before.
25. Unhappy Favourite. Rutland = Mrs, Rogers.
28. Silent Woman. Morose = Johnson.
29. Lancashire Witches. Sir J. Shacklehead = Bowen.
30. Wit without Money 27. Pilgrim.
31. Fortune Hunters. Widow = Mrs. Powell. Nov. 1. Never acted, Double Gallant, or Sick
Lady's Cure. Atall = Cibber: Sir Solomon Sadlife = Johnson: Careless = Wilks: Clerimont = Booth: Old Willfull = Bullock: Capt. Strut = Bowen: Sir Squabble Splithair = Norris: Saunter = Pack: Sir Harry Atall = Cross: Supple = Fairbank: Lady Sadlife = Mrs. Cross: Lady Dainty = Mrs. Oldfield: Clarinda = Mrs. Rogers: Sylvia = Mrs. Bradshaw: Wish well = Mrs. Saunders:—acted only 4 times— Cibber in his Apology (p. 274) says—" this play was "made up of what little was tolerable, in two, or "three others, that had no success"—in the Prologue to the Double Gallant he asserts a barefaced falsehood—
"For, tho' from former scenes some hints he "draws,
"The Ground-Plot's wholly chang'd from what "it was."
The plays from which Cibber compiled the Double Gallant are Love at a Venture—the Lady's Visiting Day, and the Reformed Wife.
Love at a Venture was printed in 1706—it was written by Mrs. Carroll, and had been acted at the New Theatre in Bath by the Duke of Grafton's Servants—his Grace was probably Lord Chamberlain— Bellair makes love to Beliza as Col. Revel, and to Camilla as Mr. Constant, an Oxfordshire Gentleman who is come up to town about a lawsuit—Beliza admits the addresses both of Col. Revel and Sir William Freelove—Camilla is in love with Bellair— the night before the play begins, as she was stepping out of a boat, she fell into the Thames—Bellair jumpt in after her and saved her life—she appoints Bellair to visit her at Beliza's lodgings—Beliza accosts Bellair as Col. Revel—Bellair insists that his name is Constant, and protests that he does not know Col. Revel—Camilla writes a note to Bellair, and desires him to visit her immediately—Bellair enters as Col. Revel—both the ladies are present—a pretended King's Messenger arrests Bellair as Col. Revel, and carries him off—he soon after re-enters as Constant —Robin, Bellair's servant, and Sir William Freelove assist him in imposing on the ladies—Bellair, in his own person, requests Mr. Positive, Camilla's father, to accept him for his son-in-law—Positive says he has disposed of his daughter already—Sir Thomas