Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the English Stage, and of the Economy and Usages of the Ancient Theatres in England

Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the English Stage, and of the Economy and Usages of the Ancient Theatres in England

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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. 1800 edition. Excerpt: ...pieces which they produced.9, acting, we are told by Colley Cibber, were divided inrg twentyshares, ten ofwhich went to the proprietors or patenteesi and the other moiety to the actors, in different division proportioned to their merit. 3 Wright says in his Hzl/loria Hiflrionira that he had been assured by an old actor, that " for several years next after? the Resioration every whole sharer in Mr. Harfs company, that is, the King's servants, got Ioool. er aush-But his informer was undoubtedly mistaken, as is proved by the petition or memorial printed below, (see n. 9.) and by Sir Henry Herberfs slatement of Thomas Killigrewk profits. If every whole sharer had god roooL er am', then the annual receipts must have been near 130001. In 1743. after Mr. Garrick had appeared, the theatre of Drury-lane did not receive more than 150ool. er man. _ 9 Gildon in his Laws qfPoetry. 8v0. 1721. observes, that after the Restoration, when the two houses struggled for the favour of the town, the taking poets were secured to either house by a sort of retaining fee, which seldom or never amounted to more than forty shillings a week, nor was that of any long continuance." He appears to have under-rated their profits; but the sact to which he alludes is incontestably proved by the following paper, which remained long in the hands of the Killigrew family, and is ' he fiates the emolument which Mr. Thomas Killi-' grew then derived (from his two shares and three quarters, ) at 291. 6s. od. per week; according to' which statement each share in the king's company produced but two hundred and ten pounds ten fliillings a year. In Sir William D'Avenants company, from the time their new theatre was opened in Portugal-row, near...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818156
  • 9781236818157