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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Pages.

viii to xvi.

DRAMAS BY SHAKSPEARE,
According to the Order of the First Folio of his Works, 1623.

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Pieces.

Authors.

First Performed.

Pages.

38. A New Way to Pay Old Debts.Philip Massinger *Phønix, Drury Lane 76

39. The Orphan

Thomas Otway Duke's Theatre, 1680 78

40. Venice Preserved

Thomas Otway Duke's Theatre, 1682 80

41. Oroonoko

Thomas Southerne. Drury Lane,

1696 82

42. The Inconstant

George Farquhar Drury Lane, 1702 84

43. The Fair Penitent

Nicholas Rowe .. .. Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1703 86

44. The Beaux' Stratagem George Farquhar Haymarket, 1707 88

45. Cato

Joseph Addison

Drury Lane, 1713 90

46. Jane Shore

Nicholas Rowe .... Drury Lane, 1714 92

47. The Wonder

Susanna Centlivre .. Drury Lane, 1714 94

48. A Bold Stroke for a Wife Susanna Centlivre .. Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1718. 96

49. The Revenge

Dr. Edward Young . Drury Lane, 1721 98

50. The Beggar's Opera

John Gay

Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1728. 100

51. Toin Thumb

Henry Fielding Haymarket, 1730 102

52. George Barnwell

George Lillo

Drury Lane, 1731 104

53. The Devil to Pay

Charles Coffey

Drury Lane,

1731

106

54. The Mock Doctor

Henry Fielding Drury Lane,

1732

108

55. Fatal Curiosity

George Lillo

Haymarket, 1736 110

56. Gustavus Vasa

Henry Brooke ..

Printed only. 1739 112

57. The Lying Valet

David Garrick .. Goodman's Fields, 1741 114

58. Miss in her Teens

David Garrick .. Covent Garden, 1747 116

59. The Suspicious Husband .. Dr. Benjamin Hoadly Covent Garden, 1747 118

60. The Gamester

Edward Moore

Drury Lane, 1753 120

61. Barbarossa

Dr. John Brown Drury Lane, 1754 122

62. The Apprentice

Arthur Murphy Drury Lane, 1756 124

63. Douglas

Rev. John Home Covent Garden, 1757 126

64. Isabella

Southerne & Garrick. Drury Lane, 1757

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Pieces.

Authors.

First Performed.

65. The Guardian

David Garrick Drury Lane, 1759

66. High Life Below Stairs Rev.James Townley. Drury Lane, 1759

67. Love à la Mode

Charles Macklin Drury Lane, 1759

68. The Jealous Wife

George Colman, Sen. Drury Lane, 1761

69. The Liar

Samuel Foote .. Covent Garden, 1762

70. Love in a Village

Isaac Bickerstaffe .. Covent Garden, 1762

71. The Mayor of Garratt Samuel Foote .. Haymarket, 1763

72. The Deuce is in Him George Colman, Sen. Drury Lane, 1763

73. Midas

Kane O'Hara .. .. Covent Garden, 1764

74. The Clandestine Marriage Colman and Garrick. Drury Lane, 1766

75. The Country Girl

Wycherley&Garrick. Drury Lane, 1766

76. Lionel and Clarissa

Isaac Bickerstaffe .. Covent Garden, 1768

77. The Padlock

Isaac Bickerstaffe

Drury Lane, 1768

78. The Hypocrite ..

Isaac Bickerstaffe Drury Lane, 1768

79. The West Indian

Richard Cumberland Drury Lane, 1771

80. The Grecian Daughter Arthur Murphy Drury Lane, 1772

81. The Irish Widow

David Garrick .. Drury Lane, 1772

82. She Stoops to Conquer Dr.Oliver Goldsmith Covent Garden, 1773

83. Bon Ton

David Garrick.. Drury Lane, 1775

84. The Rivals

R. B. Sheridan Covent Garden, 1775

85. Three Weeks After Marriage. Arthur Murphy Covent Garden, 1776

86. All the World's a Stage Isaac Jackman Drury Lane, 1777

87. The Quaker

Charles Dibdin, Sen. Drury Lane,

1777

88. Percy

Hannah More

Covent Garden, 1777.

89. Who's the Dupe

Hannah Cowley Drury Lane, 1779

90. The Critic

R. B. Sheridan Drury Lane,

1779

91.

The Belle's Stratagem

Hannah Cowley

Covent Garden, 1780

92. The Man of the World Charles Macklin Covent Garden, 1781

93. Rosina

Frances Brooke Covent Garden, 1782

94. He Would be a Soldier Frederick Pilon Covent Garden, 1786

95. The First Floor

James Cobb

Drury Lane,

1787

96. Inkle and Yarico

George Colman, Jun. Haymarket, 1787

97. Ways and Means

George Colman, Jun. Haymarket, 1788

98. The Doctor & the Apothecary.James Cobb

Drury Lane, 1788

99. Arden of Faversham Lillo & Dr. Hoadly.. Covent Garden, 1790
100. Honest Thieves

Thomas Knight Covent Garden, 1797

101. Fortune's Frolic

J. T. Allingham Covent Garden, 1799

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HOWEVER deficient may be the materials for compiling a perfect History of the Drama in England, the illustrations of it, recovered by modern research, are far too numerous to be contained in the space here allotted to the subject: so that the reader will be presented with only some of the leading features of the ancient national Stage, and of the principal points of it's rise and improvement.

The old Greek Drama appears to have flourished at Constantinople, until the fourth century of the Christian Era; about which time Gregory of Nazianzen, the Patriarch of that city, a poet, and one of the Fathers of the Church, banished the pagan plays of Sophocles and Euri. pides from the stage, and introduced those Scripture histories which appear to have been the earliest dramatic entertainments in every part of Europe. In these the Grecian chorusses were turned into Christian hymns, the pieces being arranged on the plan of the more ancient tragedies; and one of the oldest religious dramas written by Gregory is yet extant, called Christ's Passion, the prologue to which states, that the Virgin Mary was then for the first time brought upon the stage. The early commercial intercourse between_Constantinople and Italy, soon introduced these performances into Europe; in which country the Italian Theatre is affirmed to be the most ancient. The period of it's earliest religious Drama, is, nevertheless, assigned to the year 1243, when a spiritual comedy was performed at Padua; and in 1264, the Fraternitate del Gonfalone was established, part of whose occupation was to represent the sufferings of Christ during Passion-Week. The origin of the French Theatre cannot be traced higher than 1398, when The Mystery of the Passion was represented at Saint-Maur. In England, however, the first spectacle of the kind was probably the Miracle-Play of Saint Catherine, mentioned by Matthew Paris as having been written

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