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"not support a play, the worst of them by their ab"sence could maim it, as the loss of the least pin in "a watch may obstruct its motion."
The insolence with which Cibber speaks of Bullock and Pack (to say nothing of Keen and Leigh) is too bad—he is very liberal in his commendations of his predecessors, but he does not speak well of any of his Contemporaries cordially, except Dogget and Mrs. Oldfield.
Christopher Bullock and Spiller were certainly two of the actors whom Cibber does not condescend to mention by name—Cory and Knap might be the others—Husband probably returned from Ireland— it is clear that Cibber does not reckon Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Knight among the 7 or 8 deserters, as being women—Mrs. Kent also left D. L.
Weekly Packet Dec. 18. This day the new playhouse in L. I. F. is to be opened and the Recruiting Officer is to be acted by the Company that act under the Patent; tho' it is said that some of the Gentlemen, who have left D. L. for that service, are ordered to return to their colours upon pain of not exercising their lungs elsewhere j which may in time prove of ill service to the Patentee, that has been at vast expense to make his theatre as convenient for the reception of an audience as can possibly be. (B.M.)
From this paragraph it seems highly probable, that the Lord Chamberlain had threatened some of the deserters with the weight of his authority—Cibber's silence proves nothing ]to the contrary, as in more than one instance he^does not tell the whole truth.
The new theatre was finely decorated : the scenes were new; the stage was more extended than that at D. L. and superbly adorned with looking-glasses on both sides—a circumstance which Quin said was an excellent trap to catch actresses, who admired their own persons more than they attended to the duties of their profession. (Davies.)
By the company of Comedians under Letters Patent granted by King Charles the 2d.
Dec. 18. Recruiting Officer—no characters, or names of the performers—John Leigh from Ireland made his 1st appearance this evening in Plume—he was a person of some education, with a particularly agreeable form and genteel address, insomuch that he gained the appellation of Handsome Leigh—a good figure however was his principal merit as an actor. ( Chetwood )
Jan. 3. Orphan. Chamont = Keen.
4. Old JBatchelor. Heartwell = Keen: Bellmour = J. Leigh; Fondlewife = Bullock Jun.: Sir Joseph Wittol = Bullock: Lsetitia = Mrs. Kent: Belinda = Mrs. Cross: Silvia = Miss Schoolding:—afterwards Mrs. Moreau. (Chetwood.)
Feb. 3. Oronooko. Oronooko = Keen :—with a Farce in one act called the Slip—taken out of a Mad World, my Masters—Trickwell = Bullock Jun.: Sir Anthony Bounteous (his uncle) = Hall: Constable = F. Leigh: Roger = Spiller: Gentleman = Cory: Trickwell's Companions=Knap, Bullock the youngest, and Coker:—this is a very good Farce—Christopher Bullock takes the robbery from Middleton, as Charles Johnson does in the Country Lasses, and retains that part of the original Comedy, about the pretended players, which Johnson omits—the principal difference between the play and the Farce is, that Trickwell does not return at the conclusion of the Farce, and obtain his uncle's pardon—see a Mad World, my Masters in the 5th vol. of Dodsley 1744—this seems to have been the first night of the Slip—the Country Lasses came out the next evening at D. L.—it does not appear whether C. Bullock was, or was not, aware of Johnson's play—but he certainly played him a slippery trick as to the Cobler of Preston—in his preface to that Farce he says—I cannot forbear "giving my friendly advice to a certain author to set "his invention at work, and let his next design be "entirely new; or perhaps my design may jump "with his, and give it the Slip."
Feb. 9. Gamester with a Musical Entertainment called the Beau Demolished.
10. The Medley composed of the Country House —Slip—Beau Demolished and Country Wake—the Medley was acted 5 times.
14. London Cuckolds.
16. Never acted, Perplexed Couple, or Mistake upon Mistake. Sir Anthony Thinwit = Pack: Octavio = J. Leigh: Morecraft (father to Leonora)=Bullock: Crispin (servant to Octavio) = Spiller: Sterling = Griffin: Uncle to Lady Thinwit = Schoolding: Leonora = Mrs. Cross: Lady Thinwit = Mrs. Knight: Isbel (woman to Leonora) = Mrs. Spiller:—acted 3 times—this C. is attributed to Molloy—it is a tolerably good play—the greater part of it is borrowed from Moliere's Cuckold in Conceit—that piece being in 3 acts, some additions were necessary.
March 14. For bt. of Mrs. Rogers. Ibrahim Emperour of the Turks—Morena by Miss Rogers being her first appearance on the stage.
31. Mrs. Knight's bt. Not acted 6 years, Theodosius. Athanais — Miss Rogers.
April 4. Hall's bt. Henry 4th. Falstaff = Hall: —Hall came from Ireland, and had been a sharer in the Old Smock Alley Theatre—he was corpulent and had a thickness of speech, but understood music. ( Chetwood.)
18. Husband's bt. Sophonisba. Rosalinda = Miss Rogers: Sophonisba = Mrs. Rogers.
19. For the bt. of your humble Servant Francis Leigh. Emperour of the Moon. Scaramouch = Bullock: Harlequin = Spiller.
30. Love makes a Man. Clodio= Bullock Jun.: Don Lewis = Spiller: Carlos = J. Leigh.
May 6. Cory's bt. Not acted 6 years, Commonwealth of Women. Aminta = Mrs. Rogers' Daughter.
7. Miss Russel the Dancer was married to Bullock.
13. Tamerlane. Selima — Mrs. Rogers' Daughter.
21. Fair Quaker = Mrs. Rogers' Daughter.
24. Knap's bt. Valentinian. Valentinian — Thurmond from Ireland: iEcius:=Keen: Lucina = Mrs. Rogers.
June 2. For the Author, a new Farce called the City Ramble, or the Humours of the Compter—with Country Wake, and Dances by Thurmond Jun. lately arrived from Ireland.
City Ramble. Twang (the Turn-key) = Bullock: Justice Hardhead = Hall: Ezekiel Prim (a Presbyterian Parson) = Griffin: Abraham (a Quaker) — Pack: Mordecai (a French Jew) = Knap: Sir Humphry Halfwit = Schoolding: Rachel (Abraham's wife) = Mrs. Hunt: 1st Whore = Mr. Leigh :—this cast is given from the Farce as printed—but according to the bill Spiller acted in it on the first night—this Farce has not even the shadow of a plot, but the dialogue is written with a tolerable degree of low humour—the City Ramble was reprinted and revived in 1736—see C. G. March 27.
14. Valentinian with a new Farce, called Love in a Sack. Sir Arthur Addlepate = Griffin : Philip (his man) = H. Bullock: Courtly = Corey: Capt. Debonair = Spiller: Aurelia] (his wife) = Mrs. Finch: Olivia (Sir Arthur's daughter) = Mrs. Vincent: Jenny = Mrs. Hunt:—Sir Arthur is in love with Aurelia —he writes her a letter—with her husband's approbation, and at the desire of Courtly, she allows him to visit her—he disguises himself as a Chimneysweeper—Courtly and Debonair meet him in the street—they affect to take him for Smut, and detain him—he is impatient to be gone—Sir Arthur makes love to Aurelia—Jenny tells him the Captain is coming up stairs—Sir Arthur conceals himself in his chimneysweeper's sack—he is discovered—and forced to consent to his daughter's marriage with Courtly—this is a moderate Farce by Griffin the actor—nearly the whole of Sir Arthur's character is stolen from that of Lorenzo in May Day—see vol. 4th of Old Plays re-printed in 1814-1815—Griffin sometimes uses Chapman's own words—in the original the old man is not discovered—but the lady's husband says—" fetch me a coal-sack, I'll put him in "it, and hang him up for a sign."
June 23. Never acted, the Doating Lovers, or the