The Life and Times of the Excellent and Renowned Actor Thomas Betterton

The Life and Times of the Excellent and Renowned Actor Thomas Betterton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...any rate, that this lady was the first actress in Davenant's Company, play ing Ianthe in the Siege of Rhodes on the opening of the new theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields in April, 1662. Betterton as Don Henrique in the Adventures of Five Hours--His Marriage--Twelfth Night--The Slighted Maid, Betterton as Iberio--The Stepmother--Hamlet revived, renewed admiration of Pepys--Harris's defection--Henry the Eighth--Bondman revived--Henry the Fifth, Betterton as Owen Tudor--Anne of Burgundy--Betterton as Macbeth--Comical Revenge--The Rivals--Duchess of Malfy revived--Mustapha--The great Plague and Fire of London--Close of the theatres and suspension of all amusements--Reopening of the theatres--Performance of Cambyses--The English Princess--Betterton's pickness--Sir Solomon Single--Betterton's three plays: Woman made a Justice, The Amorous Widow, The Unjust Judge--Performance of Juliana. JETURNINGr now more particularly to Betterton's permances and what the critics thought of him. The record recommences with January the 8th, 1663, at Lincoln's Inn Fields, when we have performed for the first time, " The Adventures of Five Hours," with the following cast: --The question of the date of Betterton's marriage seems to start up just here, for Genest says, in his selection from her characters, 1661--2, as Mrs. Saunderson, 1663, as Mrs. Betterton. The Biographia Britannica states that this marriage took place in 1670, but this is clearly wrong, and the mistake has been copied and perpetuated by others. It is indeed a question whether the marriage did not take place earlier than 1663. On twelfth night was played Twelfth Night, with great success; Betterton as Sir Toby Belch. Feb. 23rd, 1663, erroneously marked May 28th, by Genest, was played "The...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576284
  • 9781236576286