Posted by P. Bingham on March 17, 1998 at 14:04:03:
Here is a list I had compiled a while back of possible home theatricals, most of them being the ones that Jane Austen participated in herself. All of them were performed in some contemporary home and I retrieved these from dozens of different sources. Also is a list plays and operas that Jane Austen and others of her time had attended, along with the day. I place them here as earlier this had been a subject much discussed. And at the very end is a little something for Marie Bernadette's working novel!
SELECTED PLAYS, OPERAS & OTHER AMUSEMENTS
Listed With Known Appearances
Artaxerxes an opera by Dr. Thomas Arne; March 7, 1814 at Covent Garden Theater, London.
The Beehive a musical farce; Sept. 14, 1813 at Lyceum Theater, London.
The Boarding House; or Five Hours at Brighton Sept. 14, 1813 at Lyceum Theater, London
The Clandestine Marriage by George Colman the elder, Sept.15, 1813 at Covent Garden
The Devil to Play a farce by Charles Caffey; March 7, 1814 at Covent Garden Theater, London.
Don Juan, or The Libertine Destroyer A pantomime; Sept. 14, 1813 at Lyceum Theater, London.
The Farmer's Wife by Charles Dibdins; March 8, 1814 at Covent Garden Theater, London.
The Hypocrite by Isaac Bickerstaffe; Sat, April 20, 1811 at Lyceum Theater, London.
Illusion, or the Trances of Nourjahad by Robert William Elliston; March 5, 1814 at Drury Lane Theater, London.
Isabella by David Garrick; Nov. 28, 1814 at Covent Garden Theater, London.
King John by William Shakespeare; April 1811 at Covent Garden Theater, London.
Love's Perils, or The Hermit of St. Kilda April 19, 1813 at Olympic Theater.
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare; March 5, 1814 at Drury Lane Theater, London.
Midas: an English Burletta by Kane O'Hara; Sept. 15, 1813 at Covent Garden Theater, London.
A Tale of Mystery by Thomas Holcraft; opened at Covent Garden Theater, London, in 1802.
PLAYS ADAPTABLE TO HOME THEATERS
All For Love by Dryden
Bon Ton, or High Life Above Stairs by David Garrick
The Chances, David Garrick's adaptation of John Fletcher's
High Life Below Stairs by James Townley
Indian Emperor, or The Conquest of Mexico by Dryden
Matilda by Dr. Thomas Franklin
The Rivals by Sheridan
Rosmund by Addison
The School of Scandal by Sheridan
The Sultan, or a Peep into the Seraglio by Isaac Bickerstaffe
Tragedy of Tom Thumb, Kane O'Hara's adaptation of Henry Fielding's
Which is the Man? By Hannah Cowley
The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret by Susannah Centlivre
VERY, Uhmmmm, MASCULINE READING MATERIAL
The Covent Garden Magazine, or Amorous Repository.
Fanny Hill (1750).
The Man of Fashion's Companion.
Aristotle's Masterpiece - anonymous. Written in 1600's but new additions were widely available.
Memoirs of a Coxcomb by John Cleland.
The Ranger's Magazine.
The Whoremonger's Guide to London by Jack Harris.
Patricia the packrat.
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