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ST. JAMES THEATRE. FRA-DIAVOLO. The STRANGE GENTLEMAN! The VILLAGE COQUETTES!
London:: E & J Thomas, Printers.. [1836].. Sheet: 16" x 9". 1st printing thus. Single sheet broadside playbill, printed recto only.. Age-toning & soiling to paper. Horizontal fold-lines in center.. Edge rash, primarily to head & foot, with some minor text loss at. bottom [Pit prices, etc]. A Good [or slightly better] copy of this. fragile, and rare, piece of Dickensiana.. This undated [though Dec 1836] St. James's playbill advertises the following performances (top to bottom):~* Fra-Diavolo (for the sixth time this season);~* after which, Delicate Attentions (for the fifth time)~* to conclude with (47th time), an entirely new burletta, Written by Boz, called The STRANGE GENTLEMAN!;~* to conclude with, on Wednesday (38th time) The Tradesmen's Ball;~* on Monday next will be produced, with new and beautiful scenery, an entirely new operatic burletta, entitled The VILLAGE COQUETTES! The Drama by Boz.& & Dickens had planned for his first play, The Village Coquettes, to be the first produced, but it was not ready in time, so his The Strange Gentleman (based on one of his Sketches by Boz) was substituted. It opened the St. James' second season, on 29 September 1836, and ran for fifty shows until Tuesday 6 December 1836, when it closed for the fall season; this playbill is for the 47th performance, so its date would be a few days prior to that. (According to this playbill, The Village Coquettes was set to begin on Monday next; it began in fact on Tuesday next [cf. Fawcett, p. 23], so for just one day, both Dickens plays were running in the same theatre on the same evening.).& & As noted on the playbill, Mr. [John Pritt] Harley (then Stage Manager at St. James's) played the lead role of the strange gentleman; he was to become one of Dickens's best friends, and in fact Dickens dedicated The Village Coquettes to him. The part of Julia Dobbs was played by Madame Sala, whose son George Augustus would one day write for Dickens's Household Words as well a be one of the first to write a memoir of Dickens after the authors' untimely death in June, 1870. & & Not found in Gimbel, nor on OCLC. . Masthead device at top.
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