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- the first tragedy in our
Advice to players
173, 206, 236
Biographical Sketches 180, 312
81, 140, 173, 206, 236, 302, 333
Cumberland's British Theatre... 280
Dissertation on ranting.
Drury Lane, performance at, 3, 33,
65, 97, 131, 257, 289, 325
formers and the audience. 302
Extracts from Mr. Lister's new
-the new comedy of
loans and gifts to Covent
Luther on music..
Notices to correspondents..
Price of plays...
Sir Giles Overreach.
Songs in Peter the Great.
Surrey, performance at, 21, 46, 78,
111, 139, 172, 205, 235, 274, 304, 333
epistle from an itinerant
mation in which the drama was
held by the ancielegi :..... 47
123, 158, 190, 222, 255, 287, 317, 347
LIST OF ENGRAVINGS.
Tug and Wilhelmina, in the Water-
Mr. T. P. Cooke and Miss Scott, as
Mr. Harley and Mr. Weekes, as Sam- Miss Paton, as Rebecca, in the Maid
Mr. Wallack, as the Brigand Chief.
gant and cl
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“Life's moving picture, well-wrought plays," would be still more lively, if every peculiarity of manners in every trait of character were preserved; and if not retained by writing, many characteristic minutiæ must fade away with the age that gave them birth, and be totally lost to after-times.
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