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THE

NEW BRITISH THEATRE;

A SELECTION OF

Driginal Dramas,

NOT YET ACTED;

SOME OF WHICA HAYE BEEN

OFFERED FOR REPRESENTATION,

BUT NOT ACCEPTED :

WITH

CRITICAL REMARKS BY THE EDITOR.

VOL. I.

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. CONTAINING
The Witness.

Theodora.
The Watch-House.. 1 The Word of Honor.
Intrigues of a Day. The Bandit.
The Prophetess. The Forgery.
The Masquerade. The Genii.

1.0, LONDON "nus
PRINTED FOR THE PROPRIETORS,

By A. J. Valpy, Tooke's Court, Chancery Lane.
PUBLISHED BY HENRY COLBURN, CONDUIT STREET, HANOVER SQUARE;
6. GOLDIE, EDINBURGH; AND J. CUMMING, DUBLIN.

Price 10s. 6d. Boards.

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PREFACE
TÓ SECOND EDITION.'

A GREAT majority of the new plays are condemned in the first performance, and many of those which the public consents to tolerate are but little esteemed; it has there. fore been thought, that, among the rejected pieces, some might be found not inferior in merit to those preferred by the managers; and that a selection of them would enable the lovers of the drama to appreciate the taste and judgment with which the management of the theatres is conducted, in relation to the refusal and reception of plays, and how far the assertion is correct, that the pantomimic state of the stage is owing to a decline in the dramatic genius of the nation.

With a view to supply the desideratum, this work was established; but after the appearance of the first number, the proprietors found several of their friends unwilling to confess that their pieces had been refused : others, who regarded the publication as a convenient vehicle for venting their spleen against the managers, and a still greater number of authors who, never having offered any of their productions to the theatres, would not submit to publish them as rejected. To meet, therefore, the wishes of all parties, the title was altered ; and the principle extended to comprehend every description of manuscript plays. Indeed, the original idea of the projector was, to make a publication subservient to the vindication of the modern

No. 1. N. Br. Th. . Vol. I.

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