By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
A tremendous venture all started in 1973 reaches its end with the book of volumes 15 and sixteen of the Biographical Dictionary, a chain thought of "a reference paintings of the 1st order" by means of Theatre and acting Arts Collections.Among performers highlighted in those final volumes is Catherine Tofts, a talented singer whose well known acclaim was once captured in strains by means of Samuel Phillips: "How are we pleas’d while beauteous Tofts appears, / To thieve our Souls via our attentive Ears?’ / Ravish’d we take heed to th’ inchanting track, / And trap the falling Accents from her Tongue." the 1st singer of English start to grasp the shape of Italian opera, Tofts often gained best roles over local Italian singers. Her salary—?400 to ?500 a season—was one of many maximum within the theatre. Her acceptance declined, in spite of the fact that, as her calls for for money increased—a state of affairs captured in an epigram Alexander Pope could have penned: "So brilliant is thy good looks, so fascinating thy tune, / As had drawn either the beasts and their Orpheus along; / yet such is thy avarice, and such is thy satisfaction, / That the beasts should have starved, and the poets have died."John Vanbrugh, whose play The Relapse is ranked as the best comedies of the recovery interval, grew to become a subordinate crown architect below Sir Christopher Wren in 1702. In 1703, Vanbrugh begun plans for the Queen’s Theatre within the Haymarket, an firm recommended by means of the package Cat membership (of which Vanbrugh used to be a member). even supposing his lavish layout used to be acoustically faulty, restructuring helped right the matter and the theatre ultimately grew to become the unique middle for opera in London.
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Extra resources for A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 15, Tibbett to M. West: Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800
17941804], prompter. The Covent Garden Theatre accounts show that Mr Tinley was a prompter in 179495. He was paid £15 for himself and a boy, probably a call boy, for an unspecified period. Tinley was named in the accounts again in 18023 and 18034. Mrs Tinley was cited in 179495 as working in the women's wardrobe for 10s. 6d. weekly. Tinley, Mrs [fl. 17941795], dresser. See TINLEY, MR. Tinns, Mrs [fl. 1750s], dresser. George Ann Bellamy in her Apology wrote that Mrs Tinns was the dresser she left behind at Drury Lane Theatre when she finished her engagement there.
With the Drury Lane troupe over the next 39 years she played such parts as Lettice and Eliza in The Plain Dealer, Miss Frolick in The Absent Man, a Shepherdess in Cymon, Prudentia in A Duke and No Duke, Honoria in Love Makes a Man, Night in Amphitryon, Mrs Foresight in Love for Love, Gymp in Bon Ton, Penelope in The Natural Son, Colombine in The Cauldron, Diana and Jenny in The Humorist, Myrtilla and Trusty in The Provok'd Husband, Lady Clifford in The Earl of Warwick, Alithea in The Country Girl, Marmalet in All in the Wrong, Galatea in Philaster, Tiffany in The Heiress, Cephisa in The Distrest Mother, Lady Freelove in The Jealous Wife, Kitty in The Lyar, Madge in The Gentle Shepherd, Altea in Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Florella in The Orphan, Mrs Fulmer in The West Indian, the Player Queen in Hamlet, Erixene in The Grecian Daughter, the Duchess of York in Richard III, Arante in King Lear, Bianca in Catherine and Petruchio, Charmion in All for Love, Toilet in The Jealous Wife, Lucetta in The Suspicious Husband, Parley in The Constant Couple, and Lettice and Lady Loverule in The Devil to Pay.
Tice, Mr [fl. 17951800], house servant. The Drury Lane accounts and benefit bills mention Mr Tice, one of the house servants, from 5 June 1795 to 14 June 1800. Tickell, Mrs Richard the first. See LINLEY, MARY. Tidd, Mr [fl. 1760], billsticker. A Covent Garden Theatre paylist dated 22 September 1760 cites Mr Tidd as a billsticker earning 2s. daily. Tidswell, Charlotte 17601846, actress. Charlotte Tidswell was born in 1760 and, according to the notebooks of W. J. Lawrence, performed at the Crow Street Theatre in Dublin as early as 176869.