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23. Rival Queens. Alexander = Powell: Clytus = Booth.
25. Not acted 6 years, (acted June 24 1708) Feigned Innocence. Sir Martin Marrall = Norris: Warner = Powell.
26. Mrs. Bradshaw's bt. Abra-Mule. Mahomet = Keen: Pyrrhus = Powell: Solyman = Booth: AbraMule = Mrs. Bradshaw.
28. Keene's bt. Valentinian. iEcius = Keen: Valentinian = Powell: Maximus = Booth: the Eunuch = Miss Santlow, being her first appearance in boy's clothes: Lucina = Mrs. Bradshaw :—with a new Prologue by Keen, and a new Epilogue by Miss Santlow.
31. Mrs. Moor's bt. Successful Strangers. Don Francisco = Spiller: Don Lopez = Norris: Silvio = Powell: Antonio = Booth: Sancho = Pack: Feliciana — Mrs. Moor: Dorothea = Mrs. Knight.
Feb. 4. At the desire of Isaac Bickerstaffe Esq., for the benefit of his Cousin John Bickerstaffe. Don Quixote 2d part—with a new Prologue by Bickerstaffe and a new Epilogue by Miss Santlow.
6. Don Quixote = Bickerstaffe: Sancho = Leigh.
7. For the bt. of your humble Servant Francis Leigh. Gamester—with an Epilogue by Miss Santlow in boy's clothes.
11. Pack's bt. Mistake. Carlos = Booth: Sancho = Norris: Lopez = Pack: Lorenzo = Elrington: Leonora = Mrs. Bradshaw.
14. Miss Santlow's bt. Hamlet = Powell: Ophelia = Miss Santlow:—with an Epilogue in boy's clothes.
16. Spanish Fryar = Leigh: Raymond = Keen.
18. Norm' bt. Caius Marius. Old Marius = Powell: Young Marius = Booth: Sulpitius is omitted: LaviniarzMrs. Bradshaw: Nurse = Mr. Norris.
23. Hamlet. Gravedigger = Underhill: Horatio = Booth.
25. Never acted, Fair Quaker of Deal, or the Humours of the Navy. Commodore Flip = Leigh: Capt. Mizen = Pack: Capt. Worthy = Booth: Rovewell = Powell: Sir Charles Pleasant = Bickerstaffe: Cribbage = Elrington: Dorcas Zeal = Miss Santlow: Arabella Zeal = Mrs. Bradshaw: Belinda = Mrs. Moore :—this is a laughable C. by Charles Shadwell: it was acted with success, and was of great service to this theatre—Miss Santlow was before this season only admired as an excellent dancer, but she now met with a most favourable reception as an actress; the gentle softness of her voice, the composed innocence of her aspect, the modesty of her dress, and the reserved decency of her gesture, made her seem the Fair Quaker she represented. (Cibber.)
The author in his preface says, that "3 years ago "he put this C. into the hands of a famous comedian "belonging to the Hay., who took care to beat down "the value of it so much, as to offer to make it fit to "appear on the stage, on condition of having half the "profits of the 3d day and the dedication entire, that is "as much as to say, that it might pass for one of his, "according to custom—whenBooth sawit,he said with
"a little alteration it would please the Town"
there can scarcely be a doubt but that the actor alluded to was Cibber, who observes of this play, that having some low strokes of natural humour in it, it was rightly calculated for the capacity of the actors
who played it and the taste of the multitude the
author says that the 4 principal characters were particularly well performed—and the actors, of whom Cibber speaks with so much insolence, retained their parts after they had joined Cibber &c.—the Prologue tells us that the author was son to the Laureat —Capt. Thompson who altered this play (see D. L. Nov. 9 1773) and the editor of the B. D. seem not to have read the Prologue, as the former calls the author nephew to the Laureat, and the latter leaves it doubtful whether he was son or nephew.
March 7. Tamerlane—11. Lancashire Witches.
21. Never acted there, Woman Captain. Usurer (Gripe) = Norris: Woman Captain =Mrs. Bradshaw : = with a new Prologue and Epilogue.
23. Maid in the Mill. Antonio — Booth: Otrante = Powell: Bustopha = Pack: Maid in the Mill (Florimel) = Miss Santlow: Ismenia = Mrs. Cox: Aminta=Mrs. Moor.
27. Mistake, and never performed, a Bickerstaff's Burial, (Burying) or Work for the Upholders. Mezro = Norris: Captain = Bickerstaff: Boatswain = Spiller: Sailors = Pack and Miller: Lady Mezro = Mrs. Knight: Isabiuda = Mrs. Cox: a Lady = Mrs. Kent: Lucy = Mrs. Spiller:—this is a laughable Farce by Mrs. Centlivre—the scene lies in an island in which it is the Custom of the Country (see D. L. May 5 1715) for a wife to be buried with her husband, if he should happen to die first—and vice versa—Lady Mezro is married to an old man whom she hates— but on hearing that her husband is ill, she is frightened out of her wits—he recovers—Lady Mezro pretends to die—the proper officers seize Mezro with a view to bury him with his wife—news are brought that Lady Mezro had eloped with the Captain of an English ship which had touched at the island—Mezro is delighted—the plot of this little piece is taken from one of Sinbad's Voyages in the Arabian Nights—it appears from a note prefixed to Gallic Gratitude, (see C. G. April 30 1779) that a French Farce, with a plot similar to Mrs. Centlivre's, was published in 1710.
30. For Mrs. Centlivre's bt. Gamester and Bickerstaffe's Burial.
April 15. Royal Merchant. Florez = Powell: Clause = Keen: Prigg = Norris: Wolfort = Booth: —rest omitted.
18. Northern Lass by Miss Santlow.
21. Oronooko= Booth: Aboan = Powell: Daniel = Norris: Imoinda = Mrs. Bradshaw: Widow = Mrs. Knight.
22. Julius Caesar = Keen: Calphurnia — Mrs. Knight: Portia = Mrs. Bradshaw :—with a new Prologue and Epilogue by Keen and Mrs. Bradshaw.
27. Never acted, Squire Brainless, or Trick upon Trick —acted three times.
The Editor of the B. D. (see Trick upon Trick) says this C. was written by Aaron Hill, and is not printed—he adds that it was condemned on the very first night.
May 12. For the bt. of Cave Underhill. Tempest. Duke Trincalo by Underhill, who acted it originally.
17. For the author of the Farce, Caius Marius, with, never acted, Twin Adventurers, or the Blundering Brothers.
18. Othello. Roderigo = Pack.
23. For bt. of Booth and Keen. Gamester. Young Valere = Booth: Hector = Pack : Sir Thomas Valere = Norris: Lovewell = Elrington: Angelica = Mrs. Bradshaw: Widow (Lady Wealthy) = Mrs. Knight: —with a new Prologue by Keen, and a new Epilogue by Pack on a Pad Nag, in the character of a Town .Miss travelling to Tunbridge.
26. For bt. of Powell and Elrington. Sea Voyage.
30. For bt. of Pack and Mrs. Bradshaw. Confederacy with Pack's new Epilogue.
June 2. For bt. of Commodore Leigh and Coxen Birkhead. Fair Quaker—13th time or more.
6. Love for Love. Jeremy = Miller. (Bills from B. M.J
Underhill's last performance at D. L. was May 12, but he acted on Aug. 26 at Greenwich.
Among Tom Brown's Letters from the Dead to the Living there is one from Leigh to Underhill, and another from Underhill to Leigh.
Anthony Aston speaks very unfavourably of Underhill—but Cibber and Downes put it past a doubt that he was a good actor—Aston says, that Underhill was more admired by the actors than the audience—that ■ his few good parts were—the Gravedigger in Hamlet —Sancho Panca in 1st part of Don Quixote—Ned Blunt—the Host in the Villain—and particularly Lolpoop—that he was 6 feet high and corpulent— that his face was long and broad—his nose flattish and short—his upper lip thick—his mouth wide and his chin short—that his voice was churlish and his action awkward—that he would often leap up with both legs at a time, when he conceived any thing