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James Quin

(1693—1766) actor

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden  

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London's premier opera house and home of the Royal Ballet since 1946. It opened in 1732 as a dramatic theatre but was destroyed by fire in 1809 and rebuilt the following year. It became the Royal ...
David Garrick

David Garrick  

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(1717–79),of Huguenot descent, became a pupil of Dr Johnson at Edial. He accompanied Johnson to London. In 1741 he appeared as an actor at Ipswich in Southerne's Oroonoko. Later that year he made his ...
Falstaff's Wedding

Falstaff's Wedding  

(1760),William Kenrick's humorous sequel to 2 Henry IV, was dedicated to James Quin, a particularly popular Falstaff. In a loose political setting, the plot exploits Falstaffian stereotypes: he ...
George Anne Bellamy

George Anne Bellamy  

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(c.1727–88),English actress, who received her first names from a mishearing of Georgiana at her christening. She is believed to have made her first appearance on the stage at Covent ...
Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1  

Immediately and enduringly popular, this rich and assured sequel to the events dramatized in Richard II (1595) was probably composed and first acted in 1596: the changes to certain characters' ...
Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2  

Adarker more worldly play than its exuberant predecessor, 2 Henry IV was probably begun soon after 1 Henry IV, in 1597, but it may have been laid aside while Shakespeare ...
John Rich

John Rich  

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(1692–1761)English dancer, actor, and manager. The son of Christopher Rich, John took over the refurbished theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields on his father's death in 1714. The elegant house ...
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar  

A Roman tragedy by Shakespeare first printed in the First Folio of 1623, probably written and performed 1599. Its major source is North's translation of Plutarch's Lives.It begins with the events of ...
Macbeth

Macbeth  

A tragedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the First Folio of 1623, probably written and first performed in 1606. The text has often been thought to contain some non‐Shakespearian material, probably ...
Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure  

A tragi‐comedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the First Folio of 1623, written probably in 1604. Its chief source is Whetstone's play Promos and Cassandra, based on a story in Cinthio's ...
Merry Wives of Windsor

Merry Wives of Windsor  

A romantic comedy by Shakespeare printed in a ‘bad’ quarto (1602); the Folio text (1623) is twice as long. The tradition that it was written at the request of Elizabeth I for a play showing Falstaff ...
Othello

Othello  

The ‘Moor of Venice’, central character of Shakespeare's tragedy (1602–4), shown as a great man and successful soldier who is driven by the machinations of Iago to believe that his young wife ...
Peg Woffington

Peg Woffington  

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(c. 1714–60),the celebrated actress. She had many lovers, and lived for some time with Garrick. She is the subject of Masks and Faces (1852), a play by C. Reade and Tom Taylor, on which Reade based ...
Richard III

Richard III  

Play by Shakespeare (1593) for which incidental mus. was composed by Edward German (1889). Mus. for film of play comp. by Walton, 1955. Sym.‐poem by Smetana, 1858. The nickname ‘Richard III’ was ...
Rosciad

Rosciad  

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(1761),a mock‐heroic satire by Charles Churchill in heroic couplets, originally 730 lines, but expanded in later editions to 1,090.It describes the attempt to find a worthy successor to Roscius, the ...

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