Memoirs of John A. Heraud

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byEdith Heraud

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1898 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI A LEAF OF FORGOTTEN HISTORY I Now record an incident in my father's life which, from its nature and the importance of the revolution it effected in the dramatic world, must be considered its culminating point, as well as an epoch in dramatic history. I allude to the repeal of the Theatrical Patents in the year 1843. In these days of free competition, when every manager of a theatre can place before his audience the class of entertainment he thinks fit for them, few would believe that fifty-five years ago there existed an Act of Parliament that absurdly restricted him in this matter. Few would believe that fifty-five years ago the sublime tragedies of " Macbeth" and "Hamlet," the beautiful spectacular plays of "The Tempest," "The Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Winter's Tale," &c, could not be played at the Princess's, the Lyceum, the Olympic, at old Sadler's Wells, and other places of popular resort. In brief, that the representation of the poetic drama was (in the metropolis) confined to the three patent theatres, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and the Haymarket, and to the one patent theatre (Theatre Royal) of each provincial town. At the present time still fewer would believe, although some years ago the fact was brought to light and commented on in a Manchester newspaper, that sixty-seven years ago a provincial manager (one Mr. Neville), being unable to pay a heavy fine, was thrown into prison, and condemned to the treadmill, for infringing a patent right by playing an Italian opera in a Manchester minor (unpatented) theatre. Had the monopoly enjoyed by the three patent theatres entailed upon them a corresponding obligation to play the high-class drama, the case would have been different; they might then have held their own. But this was not so. T...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1898 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI A LEAF OF FORGOTTEN HISTORY I Now record an incident in my father's life which, from its nature and the importance of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217018793

ISBN - 13:9780217018791

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