Benefit nights: on a person’s benefit night, he or she paid the costs of the production, but kept all remaining profits from ticket sales. Authors of new plays generally had a benefit every fifth night of production; actors and other entitled employees had their benefits at the end of the season, and relied on them for the lion’s share of their income.
Wings, drops and flats: two-dimensional illusionistically-painted scenery designed to fit in and above a series of grooves on the stage.
Half-price riots: Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, a drama critic who had once been on the Drury Lane "free admittance" list, organized and acted as spokesperson for a public enraged by this break with precedence. Fitzpatrick had been parodied years before by Garrick as the character Fribble in the farce, Miss in Her Teens. Jump directly to Grand Tourist in the online exhibition for more on Fitzpatrick as Garrick's "foe."