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Opera, by the comedians at D. L. as the Licence for acting plays was supposed to be more profitable than that for acting Operas—the 2d was, that whenever an Opera should be acted on a Wednesday, D. L. was to be shut—this last article, however partial in its intention, was in its effect of great advantage to Swiney, Cibber, Wilks and Dogget, as the Thursday's audience was visibly the better for there having been no play the day before—but it fell hard on the hired actors, who were only paid in proportion to the number of acting days; and a Nobleman of the first rank, then in a high post, and not out of court favour, said openly behind the scenes—" it was "shameful to take part of the actors' bread from "them to support the silly diversion of people of "quality." (Cibber.)
There seem to have been no plays in the early part of the season.
Oct. 4. Recruiting Officer 6. Love for Love.
7. Chances—there are no more bills in the Daily Courant till Nov. 4.
Nov. 4. Beaux Strategem.
6. Love makes a Man. Angelina=Mrs. Bradshaw.
7. Spanish Fryar. Dominic=Estcourt: Gomez = Norris: Torrismond = Booth: Lorenzo = Wilks: Bertran = Mills: Queen — Mrs. Porter: Elvira = Mrs. Bradshaw.
8. Committee 10. Pilgrim.
11. Hamlet = Wilks: Ghost is omitted: King =
Keen: Laertes = Booth: Horatio = Mills: Fop = Bowen: Gravedigger = Johnson: Queen = Mrs. Porter: Ophelia=Mrs. Santlow.
14. Fatal Marriage. Biron = Booth: Isabella = Mrs. Rogers :—rest as Hay. Oct. 8 1709.
15. Northern Lass. Sir Philip Luckless = Wilks: Sir Paul Squelch = Johnson: Tridewell — Mills: Widgine = Bullock: Bullfinch is omitted: Anvil = Bowen: Howdee = Cibber: Nonsense = Norris: Northern Lass = Mrs. Bignall: Widow = Mrs. Knight: Holdup=Mrs. Willis.
16. Sir Courtly Nice. Leonora = Mrs. Porter.
17. Royal Merchant. Florez = Wilks: Higgen and Clause are omitted: Prigg = Norris: Vandunke = Bullock: Wolfort = Booth: Hubert = Mills: Bertha = Mrs. Porter: Jaculin = Mrs. Santlow.
18. Macbeth. Macbeth = Mills: Macduff=Wilks: King = Boman: Lenox=Thurmond: Hecate = Johnson: Witches = Dogget, Pinkethman, and Bullock: Lady Macbeth = Mrs. Knight: Lady Macduff = Mrs. Porter:—last play at Hay.
Nov. 20. Unhappy Favourite. Essex = Wilks: Southampton = M ills: Burleigh=Keen: Queen = Mrs. Knight: Rutland = Mrs. Rogers: Nottingham = Mrs. Porter.
21. Rover. Ned Blunt = Johnson: Hellena = Mrs. Bradshaw: Angellica=Mrs. Knight.
23. Confederacy. Brass = Pack: Dick=Booth: Moneytrap = Dogget: Gripe = Bowen: Clarissa is omitted: Flippanta = Mrs. Bradshaw: Corinna = Mrs. Santlow: Mrs. Amlet = Mrs. Willis: Araminta = Mrs. Porter.
25. Volpone. Volpone = Powell: Mosca = Wilks: Corbaccio = Johnson: Corvino = Mills: Voltore = Keen: Sir Politick Would-be = Norris : Lady Wouldbe = Mrs. Knight; Celia = Mrs. Rogers.
27. Old Batchelor. Heartwell = Keen: Bellmour = Wilks: Fondlewife = Dogget: Sir Joseph Wittol = Bullock: Bluff = Johnson: Vainlove and Setter are omitted: Sharper = Mills: Lsetitia = Mrs. Knight: Belinda = Mrs. Rogers: Araminta = Mrs. Bradshaw: Silvia = Mrs. Bignall: Lucy = Mrs. Saunders.
28. Silent Woman = Mrs. Knight.
30. King Lear. Lear = Powell: Edgar = Wilks: Edmund — M ills: Kent = Keen: Gloster = Cibber: Gentleman Usher = Pinkethman: Cordelia — Mrs. Rogers.
Dec. 1. Epsom Wells. Kick = Cibber: Cuff= Pack: Mrs. Woodly — Mrs Knight: Carolina — Mrs. Bradshaw :—see Hay. Oct. 17 1709.
2. Henry 4th. Falstaff = Estcourt: Hotspur = Booth: King — Keen: Prince of Wales = Wilks: Francis = Norris: Carriers = Johnson and Bullock: Lady Hotspur = Mrs. Santlow :—rest omitted.
4. Sir Martin Marall = Bullock: Warner = Powell: Old Moody = Johnson: Mellicent = Mrs. Porter: Rose — Mrs. Saunders: Mrs. Christian = Miss Willis: —rest omitted.
5. ■33sop. vEsop = Cibber: Learchus — Dogget: Sir Polidorus Hogstye = Pinkethman: Beau = Pack: Fruitful = Norris: Oronces = Bullock Junior: Doris = Mrs. Saunders: Euphronia = Mrs. Santlow: Hortensia = Mrs. Porter.
7. Fair Quaker. Belinda = Mrs. Porter.
9. Oronooko = Booth: Aboan = Powell: Governour = Thurmond: Capt. Driver = Johnson: Daniel = Pinkethman: Imoinda - Mrs. Rogers : Widow = Mrs. Knight: Charlotte Welldon = Mrs. Bradshaw: Lucy Welldon = Mrs. Bignall.
11. Amphitryon. Jupiter = Wilks: Sosia = Cross: Mercury = Estcourt: Gripus = Norris: Amphitryon = Mills: Alcmena = Mrs. Knight: Phaedra = Mrs. Bignall: Bromia = Mrs. Powell.
12. Busy Body. Charles = Mills: Miranda = Mrs. Santlow: Isabinda = Mrs. Porter :—rest as originally.
14. Funeral. Puzzle = Estcourt: Lady Brumpton = Mrs. Rogers: Lady Sharlot = Mrs. Porter: Lady Harriet= Mrs. Bradshaw :—rest as usual.
15. Relapse. Berinthia = Mrs. Knight: Miss Hoyden — Mrs. Bignall :—Young Fashion is still omitted.
16. Maid's Tragedy. Amintor = Wilks: Melantius = Mills: Calianax = Pinkethman: Evadne = Mrs. Knight: Aspatia = Mrs. Porter.
18. Rehearsal. Fisherm an = Johnson: Hey ho = Norris :—rest as Nov. 18 1709.
21. She wou'd if she cou'd. Lady Cockwood = Mrs. Knight: Gatty = Mrs. Santlow.
22. Tunbridge Walks. Belinda = Mrs. Rogers. 29. Recruiting Officer. Sylvia = Mrs. Bignall. 30. Never acted, Marplot, or the 2d part of the
Busy Body. Marplot = Pack: Don Perriera = Dogget: Col. Ravelin = Wilks: Charles Gripe = Mills: Don Lopez (brother to Donna Perriera) = Bowen: Lorenzo (servant to Don Perriera) = Norris: Donna Perriera (in love with Charles) = Mrs. Santlow: Mademoiselle Joneton = Mrs. Bradshaw: Marton (her sister, in love with Col. Ravelin) = Mrs. Cox: Isabinda = Mrs. Porter: Margaritta (woman to Donna Perriera) = Mrs. Willis :—acted 6 times— Charles had come to Lisbon to settle the affairs of Sir Jealous Traffick, who was dead—he had brought Marplot with him—Isabinda follows him in the disguise of a boy—Marplot suspects Col. Ravelin of having an intrigue on his hands—he follows him to his lodgings under pretence of giving him back his snuff box—the Colonel turns him out of the room, and makes his own exit through a trap door which he has in the chimney—Marplot returns—on not finding the Colonel, he fancies that he is gone up the chimney—Marplotgoes up the chimney, and descends by the chimney of the next house into a room where Charles and Donna Perriera are together—Charles makes his escape—Marplot is taken by Don Perriera, and confined by him—Margaritta lets him out—Don Perriera pretends to go from home for three days— his wife entertains Charles at supper—Don Perriera is determined to sacrifice them both to his vengeance —he sends for two Priests to confess them—Isabinda bribes the Priests—one of them goes with her, and she is herself dressed as the other—she gives her dress to Charles who escapes—Don Perriera finds no person with his wife, but Isabinda, who is then dressed as a woman—he asks his wife's forgiveness—Charles makes his acknowledgements to Isabinda—Mademoiselle Joneton is an affected French lady—the Colonel is in love with her—he likewise pays his addresses to Marton—at the conclusion, Marton goes