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Original Playbill for THE STRANGE GENTLEMAN
1837 - London: St. James's Theatre, May 29th, 1837. Approximately 8 inches by 13.5 inches. Original printed tissue-like paper (affixed within a later paper frame). This playbill is for the "60th and Last Night this Season" of Dickens's play "The Strange Gentleman," featuring the theatre's stage manager (and Dickens's good friend) J[ohn]. P[ritt]. Harley in the title role. (This being 1837, Dickens's name is not cited: instead the play is described as "the Comic Operetta by Boz.") "The Strange Gentleman" had been Dickens's first play to be produced, when it opened the St. James's second season on September 29th 1836 and ran for fifty shows until December 6th; it recommenced in the new year, running for sixty more shows until the date of this playbill.~Additionally, along with two other plays and a few songs, it is noted that "In the course of the Evening Mr. Braham will introduce his Popular Song from "The Village Coquettes," called "There is a Charm in Spring." "The Village Coquettes was likewise by the new young writer "Boz." John Braham, the most popular light-opera tenor of the day and a theatre producer as well, had a year earlier been so touched by Dickens's kind comments in print about his singing, that he had agreed to consider "The Village Coquettes" for production.~This playbill is in near-fine condition (essentially no wear or soil, other than one small mark in a non-Dickens section); it is not backed at all, but it is edge-mounted into a paper frame.
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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