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Theatre Royal, CoventÐGarden This Present Wednesday, April 9, 1823, (7th time) the new Tragedy of Julian.ÉPrince Julian, Mr. Macready, ÉWith 9th time, a Splendid Melo-Dramatick Tale of Enchantment (from Incidents in the Peruvian Tales) called The Vision of the Sun; or, the Orphan of Peru,ÉTycabroc (his Slave [sic] Mr. Grimaldi,É.

Broadside, Theatrical Playbill]. Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden

Published by London. W. Reynolds, Printer to the Theatre. ., 1823
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1 p. 8-1/8" W x 13-1/8" H A wonderful early 19th century theatrical broadside with rich text in numerous typefaces, announcing various performances by William Macready (1793Ð1873) and by Joseph Grimaldi (1778Ð1837). This performance was early in the career of the distinguished actor, William Macready, whose first performance on the stage at Covent Garden was as Orestes in "The Distressed Mother" (Racine's "Andromaque", in translation) in 1816. In 1819, his "Richard III" was a smash success and his curtain call was the first in Covent Garden history. His career continued in this tradition. 1823 was the year of Macready' first marriage. He later became an intimate friend of Charles Dickens from an early stage of Dickens's writing career. His performance in "King Lear" was outstanding as he restored the ending to Shakespeare's original after 150 years of misperformance. Also on this bill is Joseph Grimaldi, the most distinguished comic actor, clown and pantomimist of the day in Britain. 1823 was the year of his retirement, with his memoirs to be edited and introduced by Charles Dickens 15 years later. This broadside projects further performances of Macready (including his popular "Macbeth"), Grimaldi, Charles Kemble and Miss [Anna] M[aria] Tree (sister of Ellen Tree, the wife of the distinguished actor Charles Kean). A rich broadside of both theatrical and visual interest. Slight pallor of finest print. Few faint spots of foxng in margins.Else, Very Good +. Charles Dickens, Memoirs of Grimaldi. Sir F. Pollock, Macready's Reminiscences, and Selections from His Diaries and Letters. DNB. Bookseller Inventory # 11124

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Title: Theatre Royal, Covent–Garden This Present ...

Publisher: London. W. Reynolds, Printer to the Theatre. .

Publication Date: 1823

Binding: As issued.

Edition: First Edition.

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