Our Actresses; Or, Glances at Stage Favourites, Past and Present Volume 2

Our Actresses; Or, Glances at Stage Favourites, Past and Present Volume 2

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...home, therefore, like the great Caesar, onward he went in his career, and as he was laughed at in tragedy, he found it much more convenient, as well as profitable, to be laughed with in comedy. Mr. Robert William Elliston thought there was a quaint cleverness about his peculiar style of courting Momus, --he therefore patronised him at the Olympic, and then placed him on the shelf of neglect, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; at which he quoted a line from Coriolanus to the great lessee, and with a strut on receiving his last week's salary, exclaimed, " there is a world elsewhere!" As the Major (Drury) was so unkind to him, he had recourse to the minors.--" Saddlers Wells" and the " Adelphi" echoed with the shouts of laughter, which his delineation of the " Cocknies" elicited. Mr. Keeley had become an established actor on the Covent Garden boards, and here our heroine, Miss Goward, took unto herself her "little hus-ban;"--and although the match originated in a joke, it has turned out a very pleasing reality to both parties. The fact was, that a conspiracy was entered into by some wags of the theatre (both male and female) to bring about a marriage between these two. It was an humble sort of Benedict and Beatrice affair. They had generally to act together, he as the serving-man, she as the solibrette. They were frequently bickering about trifies when off the stage, each seeming to dislike the other. This attracted notice, and the lady wags undertook to persuade the gentleman, that poor Miss Goward was almost dying for him, and yet was afraid to confess her attachment to so cold a person as Mr. Keeley. In the mean time, the gentlemen wags were equally busy in convincing the lady...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935225
  • 9781236935229