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THE

LONDON THEATRE.

A COLLECTION OF THE

Most celebrated Dramatic Pieces.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRES,

BY
THOMAS DIBDIN,
OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

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THE

PROVOKED HUSBAND;

OR,
A Journey to London.

A COMEDY.

BY

SIR "J. VANBRUGH AND COLLEY CIBBER.

CORRECTLY GIVEN, FROM COPIES USED IN THE THEATRES,

BY
THOMAS DIBDIN,

Author of several Dramatic Pieces : and
PROMPTER OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.

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Printed at the Chiswick Press,

BY C. WHITTINGHAM;
FOR WHITTINGHAM AND ARLISS, PATERNOSTER

ROW, LONDON.

ARVARD UNIVERSITY

MAY 1 8 2005

THE PLUVOKED HUSBAND WAS first acted at Drury Lane in 1728. Party prejudice, which is very frequently called into

cism, exhibited the cloven foot most ridiculously on the production of this comedy. That part of it which furnishes the second title of a Journey to London was furiously attacked, as quite inferior to, and unfit to be incorporated with, the more polished scenes of Lord and Lady Townly's domestic differences; and Mr. Cibber, who had finished the play (left imperfect by the death of Sir Joho Vanbrugh), was stigmatized as the author of these vulgar additions to the posthumous elegancies of the latter dramatist. After the comedy had been acted more than thirty nights, Cibber undeceived the town by printing, in a detached state, the MS. left him by Sir John, which contained all the scenes relating to the family of the Wrongheads (the critics of course included), without one line of Lord and Lady Townly, who had been so deservedly applauded, and furnished the principal title and interest of the play.

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