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Macheath = Barry : Peachum = Shuter : Lockit= Thompson : Mat of the Mint = Bannister : Ben Budge =J. Palmer : Filch = Weston : Polly = Mrs. Dancer: Lucy = Mrs. Mahon : — with Knights. Hartop = Shuter : Tim = Weston : Jenny= Mrs. Gardner.
31. Countess of Salisbury, 5th time. Alwin= Barry: Raymond=Thomas Barry: Grey = Sowdon : Morton = J. Palmer : Leroches = Gardner: Lord William = Miss Palmer from Dublin, her 5th appearance in this kingdom : Countess = Mrs. Dancer: Eleanor = Mrs. Burden :-with the Schoolboy—the Schoolboy=Weston: Major Rakish=Shuter : Young Rakish=J. Palmer :-As the term limited by Mr. Foote's Patent is near expiring, the Company will perforin every night in the week; (Saturdays excepted) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Mr. Barry and Mrs. Dancer ; Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mr. Foote-To Morrow, the Commissary, being the last time of performing that piece this season. Το which will be added (by particular desire) the Taylors. r. b.- in the T. as printed Bannister's name stands to Sir Ardolf, but his name is not in the bill.
The Countess of Salisbury came out at Crow Street, Dublin in 1764-1765 — it was written by Hartson, the Countess has reason to believe that her husband is dead, but is in no certainty about the matter-Raymond had gotten possession of her castle--he wishes to marry her—she rejects his suit --Grey instigates Raymond to force her—Raymond has some good principles, and is averse from using force-Alwin is Lord Salisbury-he comes to the castle disguised as a pilgrim-Raymond questions him- from the ambiguous answers which Alwin makes, Raymond concludes that Salisbury had been drowned-Alwin is permitted to see the Countess – Grey presses her to marry Raymond immediatelyand threatens to tear her son, Lord William, from her, if she should refuse-she calls for help—Salisbury comes to her assistance-Raymond and Grey enter with armed Knights—Salisbury throws off his disguise—he is overpowered by numbers, and carried to prison-Grey employs Morton to assassinate Salisbury--he pretends to have done so-Raymond is shocked at the supposed murder—Morton owns the truth to him-Raymond calls forth Lord Salisbury-he gives him a sword—they fight-Raymond loses his sword-Salisbury scorns to take advantage of his situation-Raymond takes up his sword, and stabs himself with it-in the mean time Grey had carried off the Countess and her son-a party of Salisbury's friends rescue them, and kill Grey-this is a moderate T.- the distress is natural, domestic, and consequently affecting-Raymond is a well drawn and by no means a hackneyed character-the conduct of the plot is faulty_in the 4th act a scene takes place between Lord and Lady Salisbury, which cannot with any degree of probability be supposed to take place under the existing circumstances-Salisbury hears his wife's cries— he bursts forth from his prison, and rushes to her assistance, without meeting with any opposition from Raymond's soldiers.
Davies says that Barry's great and established reputation, and Mrs. Dancer's merit, which every day became more and more conspicuous, drew together crowded audiences in the hottest days of July and August—the Lon. Mag. speaks much less favourably of their performances, and complains much of Mrs. Dancer for having contracted an Irish accent.
The Orators was acted in the course of the season. Lecturer - Foote: Pupils = Weston, Shuter, Quick, Bannister, J. Palmer, &c. (Bills from Mr. Field.)
The first 2 vols. of a translation of Plautus were published in 1767—of the 7 plays contained in these 2 vols. 5 were translated by Bonnell Thornton.
1. Amphitryon—see Dryden's Amphitryon T. R. 1690.
2. Braggard Captain--the scene lies at Ephesus — Pleusides and Philocomasium were mutually in love -Pleusides had gone to Naupactum on a public account-during his absence Pyrgopolinices had carried off Philocomasium from Athens without her consent
-Palæstrio, the servant of Pleusides, had set out for Naupactum to inform his master of what had happened-he had been taken at sea by some pirates--they had given him to Pyrgopolinices — -Palæstrio had sent word to Pleusides that Philocomasium was at Ephesus—Pleusides had come to Ephesus - he is on a visit to Periplectomenes, who was his father's friend, and whose house joins that of Pyrgopolinices— Pyrgopolinices had given Philocomasium an apartment entirely for her own usePalæstrio had made a hole in the wall between the two houses-Philocomasium is in the habit of passing from one house to the other through the holehere the play begins-Sceledrus, one of the servants of Pyrgopolinices, in following a monkey over the tiles, takes a peep into the house of Periplectomenes through a skylight—he there sees Pleusides caressing Philocomasium-Philocomasium enters from the house of Periplectomenes—she pretends, by the suggestion of Palæstrio, that she is not Philocomasium, but her twin-sister Glycere, who had yesterday come to Ephesus with her lover-Sceledrus goes into his master's house, and finds Philocomasium lying on a bed-Periplectomenes allows Sceledrus to go into his house-he finds Philocomasium there, but takes her to be Glycere-he again finds Philocomasium in his own house—so that he believes the story of the twinsister, and determines not to say any thing to his master about the matter- Palæstrio next forms a plan to enable Pleusides to carry of Philocomasium – Periplectomenes, by the desire of Palæstrio, engages the assistance of a courtezan, called Acroteleutium-he dresses her up as his wife she pretends to be desperately in love with Pyrgopolinices—Pyrgopolinices is not only a pretender to excessive valour, but has also a vast opinion of his own beauty—this makes him readily fall into the trap which Palæstrio had laid for him-Pyrgopolinices, on the supposition that Acroteleutium is in love with him, wishes to get rid of Philocomasium-Palæstrio advises him to let her return to Athens with her twin-sister - Pyrgopolinices not only consents to this, but allows Palæstrio to attend her-Pleusides enters disguised as a sailorhe carries off Philocomasium-Philocomasium and Palæstrio affect a great reluctance to leave Pyrgopolinices-Pyrgopolinices goes into the house of Periplectomenes to visit Acroteleutium-Periplectomenes pretends to be in a great rage with Pyrgopolinices for attempting to debauch his wife-Pyrgopolinices pleads that Acroteleutium's maid had told him that her mistress was separated from her husband, and that the house was her own-the servants of Periplectomenes beat Pyrgopolinices-Sceledrus tells him that the pretended sailor was Philocomasium's loverthis is a very good C.--the main incident was borrowed by Poole in his Hole in the Wall-see D. L. June 23 1813.
3. Captives - the scene lies in Ætolia—the ÆtoJians and the Elians are at war-Philopolemus, the son of Hegio, had been taken prisoner by the Elians -Hegio purchases several Elian Captives in the hopes of recovering his son by exchange-among these Captives are Philocrates and his servant Tyndarus-Philocrates and Tyndarus change characters -Hegio allows the supposed Tyndarus to return home-he discovers, from another Elian Captive, that Tyndarus is not the master, but the servantHegio is enraged at the trick that had been put on him, and sends Tyndarus to work in the stone-quarries— Philocrates comes back to Ætolia, and brings Philopolemus with him—Hegio is delighted at recovering his son—he acknowledges that Philocrates had behaved honourably – Philocrates intercedes with Hegio in favour of Tyndarus-his request is readily