A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (Hardback)
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A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 30/12/1993
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A major project begun in 1973 reaches its conclusion with the publication of volumes 15 and 16 of the "Biographical Dictionary, "a series considered "a reference work of the first order" by "Theatre and Performing Arts Collections."

Among performers highlighted in these last volumes is Catherine Tofts, a gifted singer whose popular acclaim was captured in lines by Samuel Phillips: "How are we pleas d when beauteous Tofts appears, / To steal our Souls through our attentive Ears? / Ravish d we listen to th inchanting Song, / And catch the falling Accents from her Tongue." The first singer of English birth to master the form of Italian opera, Tofts frequently won leading roles over native Italian singers. Her salary 400to 500 a seasonwas one of the highest in the theatre. Her popularity declined, however, as her demands for payment increaseda situation captured in an epigram Alexander Pope may have penned: "So bright is thy beauty, so charming thy song, / As had drawn both the beasts and their Orpheus along;/" "But such is thy avarice, and such is thy pride, / That the beasts must have starved, and the poets have died."

John Vanbrugh, whose play "The Relapse "is ranked as one of the best comedies of the Restoration period, became a subordinate crown architect under Sir Christopher Wren in 1702. In 1703, Vanbrugh began plans for the Queen s Theatre in the Haymarket, an enterprise endorsed by the Kit Cat Club (of which Vanbrugh was a member). Even though his lavish design was acoustically defective, restructuring helped correct the problem and the theatre eventually became the exclusive center for opera in London."

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809318032
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 267 x 190 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This multi-volume work is one of the most important reference aids to be published on the English theatre of the Res-toration and eighteenth-century.""--American Reference Books Annual"
"An indispensable reference."--The English Association
"A reference set of the first importance."--"The Eighteenth Century"
An indispensable reference. The English Association"
This multi-volume work is one of the most important reference aids to be published on the English theatre of the Restoration and eighteenth-century. "American Reference Books Annual""
A reference set of the first importance. "The Eighteenth Century""

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