Eminent Actors

Eminent Actors

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...both eager and able to do their best for the highest interests of the stage. It was probably at this time--though Cooke places it at an earlier date--that Garrick, Macklin, and Mrs. Woffington lived together in lodgings in Bow Street, and formed a kind of social triumvirate for the improvement of theatrical taste, and for the wider diffusion of histrionic science. They are said to have had a common purse; and many curious stories of their mode of life, scandalous and otherwise, are found in the stage anecdotes of the day. The arrangement, such as it was, soon came to an end, the public purse being ultimately found to contain nothing more than a deficit of some hundred pounds. In the spring of 1748, Macklin and his wife made a visit to Ireland, being engaged at a salary of 800 by Sheridan, the manager of the Smock Alley Theatre. Sheridan and Macklin soon quarrelled, and the latter cancelled his agreement, returning to England in 1749. In 1750 he engaged himself to Rich at Covent Garden, in whose company were Barry, Quin, Mrs. Cibber, and Mrs. Woffington. It was in this year that the famous contest of the Romeos took place. Barry and Mrs. Cibber played the lovers at Covent Garden, and Garrick and Miss Bellamy--then a risingyoung actress with promising powers--at Drury Lane. Every one, be he high or low, had his say about the two performances. Garrick had to fight against Barry's good looks; and the feminine verdict was doubtless that of the lady of fashion, who said: "When I saw Garrick, if I had been his Juliet, I should have wished him to leap up into the balcony to me; but when I saw Barry, I should have been inclined to jump down to him." Macklin played Mercutio at Covent Garden with success, and Mrs. Macklin was...show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236879600
  • 9781236879608