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“ dan often alluded in conversation -- particularly “ when any regret was expressed at his having “ ceased to assist old Drury with his pen—wait (he “ would say smiling) “till I bring out my Foresters' “ —the plot, as far as can be judged from the few
meagre scenes that exist, was intended to be an
improvement upon that of the Drama just de“ scribed—the Devils being transformed into Fores“ ters” —the plot of the Foresters, as far as can be judged from the few meagre scenes which Moore has printed, seems to have differed almost totally from that of the Drama previously described.
C. G. 1812-1813.
Sep. 7. Romeo and Juliet- -9. Beggar's Opera.
11. Foundling of the Forest. Florian = Abbott, from Bath, 1st app. : Unknown Female = Miss Marriott, from Bath, 1st app. :-she had not acted at Bath since 1810, and she had been at C. G. for 3 seasons before she went to Bath-the managers of C. G. were very unsuccessful in their attempts to get a person fit to act Mrs. Siddons' characters—they ought to have engaged Miss Smith (if possible) the moment that Mrs. Siddons determined to retire.
16. Merry Wives of Windsor, with Taming of a Shrew. Petruchio=Young : Katharine = Mrs. C. Kemble.
17. School of Reform. Frederick = Abbott :with Midas, revived. Midas = Liston : Apollo = Sinclair : Pan=Emery: Sileno = Fawcett: Mysis = Mrs. Liston :-acted 54 times.
19. Pizarro. Elvira = Miss Marriott.
21. Richard 3d=C. Kemble, 1st time: Richmond = Abbott.
22. English Fleet. Katharine=Mrs. C. Kemble. 23. Virgin of the Sun. Cora = Miss S. Booth.
24. Pierre = Young, 1st time: Belvidera = Miss Marriott.
25. Love for Love. Valentine = C. Kemble : Foresight=Fawcett : Ben=Emery: Tattle = Jones : Sir Sampson Legend = Blanchard : Scandal = Barrymore : Jeremy=Farley : Angelica = Mrs. H. Johnston: Mrs. Frail = Mrs. Gibbs : Miss Prue=Miss S. Booth.
28. Othello. Iago=Elrington, from Dublin, 1st app. : Desdemona= Miss Cooke, 1st app. there.
Oct. 1. Macbeth. Lady Macbeth = Miss Marriott.
3. Henry 4th. Hotspur=Young : 1st Carrier= Liston : Lady Percy=Miss Cooke.
6. Never acted, Æthiop, or the Child of the Desert. Æthiop = C. Kemble: Saracens-Giafar (Vizier to the Caliph Haroun Alraschid)= Egerton: Benmoussaff (a Cadi) = Liston: Mustapha (an Emir) =Simmons : Grimnigra (wife to Mustapha)= Mrs. Davenport : Grumnildra (wife to Benmoussaff)=
Miss Leserve : -- the Tribe of Ali-Almanzor (an Arabian sage) = Young : Orasmyn (his nephew) Miss S. Booth : Cephania (niece to Almanzor, and wife to the Caliph) = Mrs. H. Johnston :-GreeksAlexis (a camel-driver)=Fawcett: Constantine (cousin to Zoe) = Broadhurst: Zoe (wife to Alexis)= Mrs. C. Kemble :acted 7 times—the scene lies at Bagdad—the father of Haroun Alraschid had killed Ali, and usurped his throne—Almanzor had saved Orasmyn, the son of Ali, at that time an infantthey had lived in the Desert about 15 years-in the 1st act, they return to Bagdad— Almanzor is at the head of a conspiracy against Alraschid—the conspirators salute Orasmyn as their sovereign-Almanzor takes a dagger from an altar, and offers it to Orasmyn-he enjoins him at the same time to swear to avenge his father-Orasmyn takes the dagger and the oath with reluctance-the conspirators are joined by an Æthiop, whom they at first distrust—Giafar, with guards and torches, enters the catacomb in which the conspirators are assembled—after a short time Giafar retires, apparently unconscious of the presence of the conspirators—the Æthiop had previously told them that he could make them invisible -they now suppose that it was owing to the power of the Æthiop's wand that they were not seen by Giafar-in the last scene, Alraschid is discovered in his apartment apparently asleep- Almanzor orders Orasmyn to kill Alraschid–he refuses-Almanzor lifts his dagger to stab Alraschid--at that moment Alraschid springs up from his couch, and arrests Almanzor's arm—the Caliph is surrounded by his
guards--it now appears that the Æthiop was Alraschid in disguise-Giafar, in the 2d act, did not see the conspirators--this seems to have been owing to a concerted plan between the Vizier and the Caliph --at the conclusion Alraschid pardons the conspirators—Cephania joins the hands of Alraschid and Orasmyn—there is a comic underplot-Benmoussaff and Mustapha want to seduce Zoe--she appoints them to come to her cabin-Benmoussaff arrives first-on the approach of Mustapha she conceals him in a chest--on the approach of Alexis she conceals Mustapha in another chest-Grimnigra and Grumnildra arrive at the cabin by Zoe's appointment-she gives each of them the key of the chest in which her husband is confined--the wives vow vengeance on their husbands--this Romantick Play, in 3 acts, was written by Dimond.
12. Buskin= Mathews, 1st app. there.
15. Comedy of Errors. Dromio of Syracuse = Fawcett.
16. Virgin of the Sun, with, never acted, Schniederkins-Liston-Mathews -- Abbott BruntonBlanchard-Miss Cooke--Mrs. Davenport : — acted 5 times--not printed.
17 and 19. Young acted Zanga, and Hamlet.
22. The new play of the Æthiop is only interrupted in its career, at the express request of the author who withdraws it for extensive alterations, and to render it more consonant with critical rules.
24. Lord of the Manor, revived. Young Contrast = Jones : Trumore= Sinclair : Rashley = Incledon : Sir John Contrast = Fawcett : La Nippe=Mathews: Sophia = Mrs. Sterling : Annette = Miss Bolton :
Peggy = Mrs. Liston : Moll Flagon = Mr. Liston :acted 16 times—the character of Capt. Trapan was foolishly omitted--and consequently the best strokes in the whole piece—General Burgoyne had exposed crimping
26. Tempest. Prospero = Young : Ferdinand = C. Kemble: Caliban =Emery: Stephano = Mathews: Trinculo=Blanchard : Hippolito = Mrs. H. Johnston: Ariel = Miss Bolton : Dorinda – Miss S. Booth: Miranda = Miss Cooke.
28. Farmer. Jemmy Jumps = Niathews.
Nov. 3. Barbarossa. Achmet = Betty, 1st app. in London for 6 years : Barbarossa = Egerton : Othman = Barrymore: Zaphira = Mrs. Powell : Irene = Mrs. Egerton.
6. Not acted for many years, (acted May 18 1789) Cheats of Scapin. Scapin= Mathews : Gripe=Simmons: Thrifty = Blanchard :-Scapin is a part quite suited to such a versatile actor as Mathews, yet this excellent Farce was acted but once.
7. Zara. Osman= Betty: Lusignan=Barrymore: Nerestan – Abbott: Zara - Miss Marriott :-with Love laughs at Locksmiths. Capt. Beldare = Abbott.
10. Earl of Essex. Essex = Betty: Southampton = Abbott: Queen Elizabeth = Mrs. Powell : Rutland = Miss Marriott.
12. Douglas. Norval=Betty : Stranger = Young : Lady Randolph = Mrs. Powell.
13. Recruiting Officer. Plume = C. Kemble : Brazen = Jones : Kite = Mathews : Bullock Emery: Costar Pearmain = Liston : Sylvia = Mrs. H. Johnston : Melinda = Mrs. Egerton : Rose= Miss S. Booth : Lucy = Mrs. Gibbs :-acted but twice.
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