THE LONDON STAGE 1800-1900

Joseph Donohue and James Ellis, General Editors

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THE SANS PAREIL THEATRE

(later THE ADELPHI THEATRE)

(COVENT GARDEN COMPANY)

1806-1900

Seasonal Summary for Summer 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

4 July 1808 - 10 September 1808

60 performances: 60 evening

Benefit (1): [John?] Holland (10 Sep 1808)
Non-Resident Theatre Companies (1): Covent Garden Corps de Ballet (4 Jul 1808)

The Season

The theatre opened its doors on 4 July 1806, for a short summer season. The corps de ballet from Covent Garden with such luminaries as Wybrow, King, and Thomas Blanchard performed a total of five pieces. Two of them, La Heroine Incomparable and The Maid of Hornsey were played every night. Several of the performers brought their wives.

The company was under the management of Holland, Louis, and Grant--all of Covent Garden. Ryall undertook most of the choreography. It is impossible to determine how many nights the season lasted as there are few exsisting records from the first decade of the Sans Pareil's existence.

During the evening's performance there were sometimes songs by Woolf and King. Included among the titles were "Black-Eyed Susan," "May the King Live Forever," and "The Wig"--the last by Charles Dibdin, the younger. It was King who made Dibdin's "songs 'Giles Scroggins' Ghost' and 'Call Again Tomorrow' with many others, so popular" (Charles Dibdin's Memoirs, p. 54).

Andrew Campbell performed his popular imitations of familiar actors in their best-known roles.

During the pantomime Beauty; or, Harlequin of the Black Isles, Signor Saxoni was engaged for twelve nights to walk the tightrope. Charles Dubois, following in his famous father, Jean Baptiste Dubois's footsteps was "clown to the rope." This character was a buffoon who kept the audience amused while the rope dancer was not in motion. The clown attempted some of the tricks himself and by his utter failure amplified his master's achievement.

Thomas Blanchard, the Pantaloon, had a long career. He was said "to be a magnet at the minors" (Dibdin's Memoirs, p. 136). He did reappear at the Adelphi in the early twenties and was successor to Richard Norman at Covent Garden, but the Times was not overly impressed with him.

Blanchard's Pantaloon is clever, but it wants humour. The real Pantaloons should be a kind of Polonius in Motley. Everybody admits that he deserves to be beaten and cheated, but then one is sorry for him, on account of his gray hairs and the foolishness of his old age as when the other "meddling fool" is stabbed behind the arras. The fault of Mr. Blanchard is that he excites no sympathy. If he is knocked down, or jumped upon, or even killed, you are glad of it (27 December 1828, qtd. in David Mayer, Harlequin in his Element, p. 43).

Mrs. Ridgway was the wife of the Harlequin who appeared with Charles Dibdin at Sadler's Wells. She had sons who later appeared at the Adelphi, and according to Dibdin, they possessed "much merit, and promise to follow the steps of their father who was, in his grade of performing, taking skill and versatility of talent together, unrivalled" (Memoirs, p. 90).

Besides the headliners, there were also those who made a living but not a splash. Witness Miss Vallency (or Valancy) who played a bar-maid and was still playing small roles fifteen years later. For example, she appeared once as a stand-in at Drury Lane in 1823 dancing Columbine for the frequently ailing Ann Maria Tree in The Golden Axe (James Winston, Drury Lane Journal, p. 63).

Woolf sang the famous "Description of a Storm" by George Alexander Stevens, which became such a familiar favorite at the Adelphi in subsequent years.

The season was successful; a clipping in the Adelphi Scrapbook states "on Saturday week the corps de ballet of Covent Garden Theatre will close their labours at the Sans Pareil in the Strand. It appears they have made a successful campaign by their efforts to please the public."

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Theatre Management And Functionaries

Authors

Unknown Beauty (4 Jul 1808)
Cavern of Fate, The (1 Aug 1808)
Heroine Incomparable, La (4 Jul 1808)
Two Little Savoyards, The (28 Jul 1808)

Choreographers

Ryall Beauty (4 Jul 1808)
Unknown Maid of Hornsey, The (4 Jul 1808)

Actors

Blanchard, Thomas J.

Pantaloon (9) in Beauty (18 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); inhabitants of the Hebrides (12) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808); Conjuror, alias Pantaloon (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); peasants (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Principal dancers (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Brown

Harlequin (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey men (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Huberto (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Brown, Master

Dlumdalca's violin (9) in Beauty (18 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808)

Collins

bill-sticker (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Dubois, Charles

Clown (9) in Beauty (18 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Lucifer, alias Silly Pate, or Clown (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Socivizca (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Principal dancers (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Lord Frederick (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Dubois, Master Joseph?

Asmodius (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Garbois

Tribe of Ismael (12) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808); inhabitants of the Hebrides (9) in Beauty (18 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Tribulation [?], or Harlequin Apprentice (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Utalbo (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Gaywood

Curiosity (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey men (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); peasants (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Grant

Pay-toll (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); waiter (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Rolando (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Heath

Medley (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); butcher (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Hybernas (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Holland, John?

Affectionamus Italica (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Pluto (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Solitary Simon (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

King

travelling tinker (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Sheet Anchor (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Louis

Clown (12) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808); Fernandez (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); bailiff (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Powers

Pantaloon (12) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808); Mutalbo (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Principal dancers (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Sargant

Curley (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); hair-dresser (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Perdascus (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Claremont (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Truman

peasants (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Truman, Master

post-boy (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Principal dancers (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Williams

Tribe of Ismael (9) in Beauty (18 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); inhabitants of the Hebrides (12) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808); [illeg] Giles (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); peasants (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Woolf

[?man] (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Actresses

Goodwin, Miss

Dlumdalca's violin (12) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808)

Grant, Miss

oyster-girl (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey women (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

May, Mrs.

protectress (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Mother Lovewell (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Plymsell, Miss

milk-maid (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey women (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Porter, Miss

inhabitants of the Hebrides (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Dame Dotage (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Principal dancers (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Ridgway, Mrs. Thomas E.

Hemisphere (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); genii (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Pamela (48) in Heroine Incomparable (18 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Principal dancers (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Joset (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Ruggles, Miss

water-cress girl (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey women (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Ryall, Mrs.

villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Vallancy, Miss

bar-maid (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey women (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Columbine (1) in Cavern of Fate (10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); infantry (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Vivandier, Mlle.

Leviathan (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Watson, Miss

fruit-girls (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey women (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); Michell (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Watson, Miss M.

fruit-girls (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Gipsey women (36) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); corps de ballet (60) in Maid of Hornsey (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808); villagers (38) in Two Little Savoyards (28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Webster, Miss

Marianne (60) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Wybrow, Mrs.

Velocity, or Columbine (21) in Beauty (4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808); Columbine (35) in Cavern of Fate (1 Aug 1808 - 9 Sep 1808); Pamela (12) in Heroine Incomparable (4 Jul 1808 - 16 Jul 1808)

Singers

Entertainers

Pieces Performed And Summary Cast Lists

Beauty; or, Harlequin of the Black Isles

(comic pantomime) by Unknown, Ryall (chor) (21 times, 4 Jul 1808 - 27 Jul 1808)

Summary Cast:

Cavern of Fate, The; or, Harlequin Apprentice Magician

(comic pantomime) by Unknown (36 times, 1 Aug 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Summary Cast:

* Heroine Incomparable, La; or, The Adventure of Six Hours

(spectacle) by Unknown (60 times, 4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Summary Cast:

* Maid of Hornsey, The; or, The Bed of Roses

(ballet) by Unknown (chor) (60 times, 4 Jul 1808 - 10 Sep 1808)

Summary Cast:

Two Little Savoyards, The

(musical entertainment, 1 act) by Unknown (38 times, 28 Jul 1808 - 9 Sep 1808)

Summary Cast:

Genre

Songs, Composers, And Singers

Other Production Credits


Adelphi Theatre

End Of Summer 1808 Season

(Generated 30-Sep-1998)


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