From the Bells to King Arthur; A Critical Record of the First-Night Productions at the Lyceum Theatre from 1871 to 1895

From the Bells to King Arthur; A Critical Record of the First-Night Productions at the Lyceum Theatre from 1871 to 1895

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...changes have come about! It seems but yesterday that all artistic London was talking of Mr. Albery's success, and the charm that was associated with his work, the finish of individual bits of art, and the fragrance of the whole. A recollection such as this cannot fail to be somewhat of a sad one, for that tyrant, Death, has played havoc with the companions that did so much originally for the English comedy. Far away, leagues from home, across the Atlantic, and in a land of warm friends, sleep both Henry Montague and Amy Fawsitt. We may be pardoned if we associate them still with yack Wyatt and Lottie, for there has not been time yet or a dulled and blurred impression. They were the very boy and girl lovers that such a theme required--he so bright and manly, and withal so tender, young, too, and handsome; she, withafull force of impetuosity and girlish enthusiasm that seemed natural at a time when effusiveness was not so deprecated as now. We are reminded of the alteration in the spirit of the times, when, in 1870, the loves of Jack and Lottie were received as a natural ex pression of feeling, and, in 1881, Jack cannot embrace Lottie without a guffaw and an implied sense of ridicule. George Honey, too, has fallen in the ranks, and the rest of the regiment has been disbanded. But Mr. Henry Irving remains, a far more finished artist than in the old times, with style more matured and intelligence ripened, with his heart more than ever in his work, to play Digby Grant far better than before, and to show what a fine force of comedy he has at his command. Last night he seemed a very giant of strength, and from no fault of his own appeared to weaken the fabric of the play and crush his companions. He was never out of the picture; the...
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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749464
  • 9781236749468