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Self-ruin and Shakespeare, a novel

Self-ruin and Shakespeare, a novel

20th April 2017

This is a book I’ve only had once before, and I was pleased to find it again.  It’s the first edition of a novel which appeared the following year in English translation, in both London and Dublin, as The Englishman’s Fortnight in Paris; or, the Art of ruining himself there in a few Days.  The ‘Londres’ […]

A burlesque Tempest

A burlesque Tempest

5th January 2017

When I put out a list on the theatre last year, this was one of the most sought-after items: excerpts from Ariel, a burlesque stage production based on The Tempest by the prolific playwright, librettist and editor of Punch, Francis Cowley Burnand (1836–1917). Ariel was first performed by John Hollingshead’s company at the Gaiety Theatre […]

Congreve, a wanted man

Congreve, a wanted man

26th August 2016

There’s one in every catalogue: one book that everyone wants.  In my recent list on Shakespeare and the Stage, it was this: A 1735 edition of Congreve’s Love for Love, his most successful Restoration comedy, heavily marked up as a prompt book for performances at Norwich’s Theatre Royal. Love for Love opened at Lincoln’s Inn Theatre in […]

Vive la France?

Vive la France?

14th July 2016

This scarce satirical etching, The Beaux Nurses, refers to the controversy and protest surrounding a French theatrical company, nicknamed the ‘French Strollers’, who applied for and were granted a licence to perform at the Haymarket in the winter of 1749.  Their arrival occasioned much discontent; as the Scots Magazine reported, they were ‘bitterly pelted in […]

A theatrical retirement

A theatrical retirement

16th April 2015

When the great Shakespearean actor, John Philip Kemble (1757–1823), retired from the stage in 1817, aged 60, he was showered with gifts and accolades, and dinners were given in his honour.  His farewell performance as Coriolanus had been met with a rapturous standing ovation; The Morning Post reported ‘the repeated shouts of cheering from all parts of the […]

Happy birthday, Shakespeare!

Happy birthday, Shakespeare!

23rd April 2014

As today is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, I thought I’d share this illustrated Victorian broadside (566 × 440 mm) celebrating the 300th anniversary, produced by Macdonald & Co’s Steam Printing Works in 1864: