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A Theatergoer's Notes


Edinburgh, Theatre-Royal. The Carib Chief. Playbill, 1819 October 8

This playbill for Edmund Kean’s performance in Horace Twiss’s Carib Chief is particularly valuable to researchers because the original owner jotted down notes about the performance. He or she includes the price paid (“In the pit, 3/ with Mr. Wilde & Miss M. Fyfe”), the timing (“The play was over 5 or 10 minutes before 9, & the farce 10 minutes before 11”), and evaluations of several performers. Most did “very well” though Miss Lacy “did extremely well” and Mr. Kean “shewed the passion Revenge most innimitably [sic]."

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