Memoirs of the Principal Actors in the Plays of Shakespeare

Memoirs of the Principal Actors in the Plays of Shakespeare

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...was then just dead, but his name, as explained in our memoir of him, is found notwithstanding in the instrument. Heminge is placed at the head of the association in the list of its members, followed by Burbadge, and after Burbadge comes Condell, followed by Lowin and eight others. That some consideration is due to these locations of the names of actors is quite evident, but it is difiicult in any instance to say how much. This document was unknown to Malone and Chalmers, so that they had no assistance from it in the brief sketches they gave of the lives of the actors in Shakespeare s plays. Richard Burbadge being dead at the date of this confirmation, Condell s name may be said to stand second in the enumeration of actors it contains, and such was its actual position in 1625, when Charles I., on coming to the throne, issued a fresh patent to his players. The names of Heminge and Condell are there followed by those of Lowin, Taylor, Robinson, and eight, as we apprehend, inferior performers. Condell would hardly have resigned such a character as the know regarding them is that they were acted before the death of Burbadge, in March, 1619. As to a few, the deaths of other actors may aflbrd a clue to their first production. The only dramatist of the time, who has fixed the dates when his plays were originally brought out, is Ben J onson. Cardinal in Webster s Duchess of Malfi, shortly prior to 1623, if he had not given up other parts to different theatrical successors about the same time. In 1625 we find him residing at Fulham, at his country house; and it may be doubted whether, having first taken up his abode there only temporarily, to escape the infection of the plague prevailing in London to a most..."show more

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  • English
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