The Theatrical Programme and Entr'acte

The Theatrical Programme and Entr'acte

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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. Excerpt: ...excellent authors, and, sometimes also noble patrons, who have done honour to themselves by becoming the friends and protectors of men of genius. It is generally imagined that the English stage rose later than the rest of its neighbours. Those who hold this opinion will, perhaps, be surprised to hear of theatrical entertaiuments almost as early as the Conquest. Yet nothing is more certain, if we can credit a monk of the name of Fitzstephen, who lived in the reign of Henry II., and writes thus in describing all the common diversious of the period: --"London, instead of common interludes belonging to the theatres, has plays of a more holy subject;" and as he does not speak of them as novelties, we can hardly fix them lower than the Conquest--an earlier date, we believe, than any other nation of Europe can pro duce for their theatrical representations. 1 About 140 years after this, in the reign of Edward III., it was ordained that a com! pany of actors should be whipt out of London, because they " frequently committed violent outrages, and were guilty of many lewd disorders." These were, i in all probability, of the species called "Mummers," who were wont to stroll about the country, dressed in outlandish costume, dancing and mimicking, and bad as they were, they appear to have been the true original comedians of England, whose excellence consisted altogether as tbat of their successors does, in part still, in mimickry. In the year 1378, we find the " Mysteries" made express mention of. These consisted in the representation, in a senseless manner, of some miraculous event contained either in the Old or New Testament. This period might aptly be styled the dead sleep of the Muses, and the "Moralities" more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930118
  • 9781236930118