THE LONDON STAGE 1800-1900

Joseph Donohue and James Ellis, General Editors

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THE SANS PAREIL THEATRE

(later THE ADELPHI THEATRE)

1806-1900

Seasonal Summary for 1807-1808

Edited by John W. Brokaw

A Publication of

The Adelphi Calendar Project

Alfred L. Nelson and Gilbert B. Cross, General Editors

Theodore J. Seward, Jr., Systems Analyst

1992

Contents

Theatre Information

Sans Pareil Theatre. Doors open 6:00, curtain 7:00, half price 8:45.

Ticket prices: box 4/-, pit 2/-.

Seasonal Dates

14 November 1807 - 19 September 1808

113 performances: 113 evening

Benefit (2): Miss [Jane M.] Scott (7 Mar 1808)
Miss Giroux (14 Mar 1808)
Dark (4): Christmas Eve (24 Dec 1807)
Christmas Day (25 Dec 1807)
Martyr's Day (30 Jan 1808)
Ash Wednesday (2 Mar 1808)
Non-Resident Theatre Companies (1): Charles Dibdin (19 Sep 1808)

The Season

A news item dated 16 November 1807, points out the essential differences between the first and second Sans Pareil seasons: "the small theatre . . . was opened on Saturday, 14 November. The company consists of juvenile performers, who appear to great advantage in some little pieces, the music and dancing of which deserves commendation" (clipping in James Winston's Adelphi Scrapbook). The simplicity of the 1806-7 season, with its recitations and magic lantern shows, gives way to more elaborate pieces and to a numerous company, as many as forty-five members appearing on stage. Contrary to what the news item suggests, there were five or six mature performers in the company, but the rest were indeed the children or pupils of Gabriel Giroux, the new associate manager, choregrapher and ballet master. Because of this, the Sans Pareil did not attempt pantomimes or melodramas, though now licensed to do so. The principal pieces were ballets of action and ballet or burletta spectacles. (One recitation from the preceding season, Rural Visitors, was given by Jane M. Scott at her benefit, 7 March, 1808.)

Gabriel Giroux had been dancing in London since 1786. He and his children appeared regularly at the Royal Circus for several seasons before coming to the Sans Pareil. Five Giroux daughters performed at the Sans Pareil between 1807 and 1813, but only two, Caroline and Louisa are named in the surviving bills for 1807-8. A February review praises the work of "Little Giroux." This is probably Malcolm, who would for many years perform and teach in London. The principal dancer was Caroline Giroux. Born in 1799, she had danced at the Circus when she was three. In later years, as Mrs. Searle, she had a substantial independent career (Highfill, et al., Biographical Dictionary, VI, 227-8). Gabriel Giroux helped with theatre management and stage production. He also worked closely with Miss Scott, then writing her first plays and doing her first ensemble acting. As one example of the collaboration between Giroux and Miss Scott, Giroux wrote the first piece of the season, the ballet The Fisherman's Daughter, and Miss Scott wrote the second piece, a musical entertainment Successful Cruize, which was described as "a continuation of The Fisherman's Daughter." Jane Scott wrote four pieces in all, as did Giroux. She showed her versatility and adaptability, always hallmarks of her work, in writing three pieces for the child performers. The Magistrate, written for the adult actors, was successful enough to be revived in three later seasons.

Gabriel Giroux's Valdevina the Cruel; or, The Girl of the Desert was a "new grand serious spectacle" in three acts with twenty-four roles, choruses and supernumeraries. Several promising young people performed in this dance spectacle, including Caroline Giroux, Master Leclerq and Master Richard Flexmore. Flexmore became a skilled eccentric dancer and also fathered Richard Flexmore (1824-1860), a more famous dancer and pantomimist. A 15 February review praised Giroux's Valdevina highly: "The scenery, dresses and properties are magnificent; the music, by Sanderson, is melodious and scientific; the performance of Little Giroux is beyond description, particularly in the second and last scene, where a picture is formed which would do credit to the first painters; in fact, the tout ensemble of this beautiful piece surpasses all that has been produced at any theatre" (Adelphi Scrapbook).

In addition to engaging Gabriel Giroux, the Scotts acquired their first scenic designer, Morris. And they engaged an experienced band leader and composer, James Sanderson, who had previously worked with both J. C. Cross and the younger Charles Dibdin. Sanderson contributed much to this theatre in its early years.

The Sans Pareil also began to establish itself as a variety house. This is apparent on the first evening, when the incidental entertainments included songs, dances, "imitations of celebrated performers" and fireworks. Among the entertainers were Mrs. Macartney, who as Miss Minton had begun at Sadler's Wells in 1800, and Andrew Campbell, an amateur at this time, whose impersonations would win him popularity in his several years at the theatre.

The season ended on April 9, after some 112 performances. From July to early September, 1808, the house was leased by the Covent Garden corps de ballet. On September 19, the elder Charles Dibdin gave his one-man show, Rent Day; or, The Yeoman's Friend.

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Theatre Management And Functionaries

Authors

Dibdin, Charles Rent Day (19 Sep 1808)
Scott, Miss Jane M. Magistrate, The (15 Feb 1808)
Rural Visitors (7 Mar 1808)
Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807)
Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807)

Musical Composers And Arrangers

Holst, Mathias von? Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807)
Sanderson, James Magistrate, The (15 Feb 1808)
Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807)
Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807)
Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808)

Choreographers

Giroux, Gabriel Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807)
Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808)
Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808)
Giroux?, Gabriel Fisherman's Daughter (14 Nov 1807)

Actors

Adamie, Master

attendants (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

Askews, Master

monkeys (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808)

Bradwell, Master

attendants (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

Brown, Master

monkeys (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Coste, Master

Capt. M'Donald (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); Lord Raymond (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808); Prince Poniatouski (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Denham

Giles Gubbins (36) in Magistrate (15 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Dettmer

Capt. Right (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808)

Dettmer, Master

ruffians (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Dibdin, Charles

performer (1) in Rent Day (19 Sep 1808)

Duruset

woodman (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Duruset, Master John

Yanko (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); Corizi (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Fleet, Master

ruffians (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

Flexmore, Richard

Lucas (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Lubin (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); Alric (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808); Zopi (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Glayre

William (36) in Magistrate (15 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Fairlop (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808)

Hodson, Master

William (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); Sobioski (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Jones, Master

ruffians (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Lardner, Master

ruffians (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

Leclercq, Master Charles?

monkeys (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Colin (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); principal dancer (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Moss

Sir Walter Worthy (36) in Magistrate (15 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Mainstay (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); Strombello (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Newman, Master

monkeys (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Newman, Master A.

attendants (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

Tatton, Master

monkeys (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Actresses

Adamie, Miss

sailors (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); sailors' lasses (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Anderson, Miss

his wife (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Bradwell, Miss

Mrs. M'Donald (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); sailors (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); Roselia (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808); the farmer's daughter (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Giroux, Miss Caroline

Mary Ann (31) in Fisherman's Daughter (14 Nov 1807 - 19 Dec 1807); Maria (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Miranda (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808); Valdevina (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Giroux, Miss Louisa

fairy (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Harrison, Miss

cabin boy (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Mary Ann (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); Alvira (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Hart, Miss

sailor boy (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Zoris (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Hart, Miss C.

Alvira's attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Hart, Miss S.

sailors (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); page (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

King, Miss

sailors' lasses (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); Alvira's attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Lindley, Miss

sailors' lasses (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Macartney, Mrs.

Fannie (36) in Magistrate (15 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); Dame Fairlop (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); Lady Malcona (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Maples, Miss

Alvira's attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Mayers, Miss

sailors' lasses (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808)

Mortram, Miss

sailors' lasses (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808)

Mosley, Miss

Fannie (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); principal characters (23) in Rival Gardeners (29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

O'Brien, Miss

attendants (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

O'Brien, Miss M.

Alvira's attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Scott, Miss Jane M.

Edward (36) in Magistrate (15 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808); performer (1) in Rural Visitors (7 Mar 1808); Jennette (76) in Successful Cruize (14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808); Ulthona (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Sheen, Miss

Ariella (70) in Ulthona the Sorceress (14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Sims, Miss

sailors (58) in Monkey Island (21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808); attendants (18) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 27 Feb 1808)

Thorpe, Miss

attendants (42) in Valdevina the Cruel (8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Singers

Dancers

Entertainers

Pieces Performed And Summary Cast Lists

Fisherman's Daughter

(ballet) by Gabriel Giroux? (chor) (31 times, 14 Nov 1807 - 19 Dec 1807)

Summary Cast:

* Magistrate, The

(musical entertainment) by Miss Jane M. Scott, James Sanderson (comp) (36 times, 15 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Summary Cast:

* Monkey Island; or, The Faithful Negro

(ballet) by Gabriel Giroux (chor), James Sanderson (comp) (58 times, 21 Dec 1807 - 8 Mar 1808)

Summary Cast:

Rent Day; or, The Yeoman's Friend

(entertainment) by Charles Dibdin (1 time, 19 Sep 1808)

Summary Cast:

* Rival Gardeners

(ballet) by Gabriel Giroux (chor) (23 times, 29 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Summary Cast:

Rural Visitors; or, Singularity

(musical entertainment) by Miss Jane M. Scott (1 time, 7 Mar 1808)

Summary Cast:

Successful Cruize; or, Nobody Coming To Woo

(musical entertainment) by Miss Jane M. Scott, James Sanderson (comp) (76 times, 14 Nov 1807 - 13 Feb 1808)

Summary Cast:

* Ulthona the Sorceress

(entertainment) by Miss Jane M. Scott, Mathias von? Holst (comp) (70 times, 14 Nov 1807 - 6 Feb 1808)

Summary Cast:

* Valdevina the Cruel; or, Zoris the Girl of the Desert

(spectacle, 3 acts) by Gabriel Giroux (chor), James Sanderson (comp) (42 times, 8 Feb 1808 - 9 Apr 1808)

Summary Cast:

Genre

Songs, Composers, And Singers

Dances, Choreographers, And Dancers


Adelphi Theatre

End Of 1807-1808 Season

(Generated 30-Sep-1998)


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