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ON Us IIAt
PLAYS Of SHAKSPEARE:
A REVIEW OF HIS PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS, AND
By Mr. G A R R I C K, And
OTHER CELEBRATED COMEDIANS.
By THOMAS DAVIES,
IN THREE VOLUMES.
M»<ru wkur'' a'u»i KoXaxav fftfat, ni' wap* oQ(V»
ZTi>'rofteu' o»J' oA'yi; JaiToj EAi'&ffiv Epig. GfXC*
Three plays written on thesubject of K. "John.
— When Shakspeare's K. John was Jirst published.—Shakspeare indebted to the Troublesome Reign of K. John.— Colley Gibber's Fatal Tyranny. — Cibbers arrogance. — Theatrical progress of the Fatal Tyranny .
— Line in Pope's Dunciad upon it. — Revival of Shakspeare's K. John by Rich.
— Its success, and an account of the actors, particularly Walker, Hale, and Mrs. Hallam.—Sarcasm of Quin. —Mistake of Mr. Steevens and Mr. • Theobald. — Scene of Bastardy. — Q$ieen Eleanor's logic in favour Vol. I. B 'tf; of the Bastard Falconbridge.—Explanation of the word trick.—Mr. Oarrick puzzled to procure a contra/1.—Barry sperplexity.
ON the subject of King John three plays have been written. That, which is called the Troublesome Reign of King John, was attributed to Shakspeare and Rowley by Mr. Pope, and by Mr. Steevens to Shakspeare alone; but, on mature consideration, this gentleman has retracted his opinion; Mr. Malone has, with great appearance of probability, ascribed it to Marlow. Our author's K. John was first published, with the rest of his works, in 1623. The late commentators have justly observed, that many of Shakspeare's best pieces are formed on the ground-work of others. He seems more indebted to the author of the Troublesome Reign of K. John, for his plot and characters, and even his sentiments, than to any other writer. Colley Cibber's Papal Tyranny was taken from Shakspeare's K.