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 1809-1810

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 5:30, curtain 6:30, half price 8:30.

Ticket prices: box 4/-, pit 2/-, gallery 1/-.

Seasonal Dates

11 December 1809 - 14 April 1810

94 performances: 94 evening

Benefit (2): Miss Scott (8 Mar 1810)
Miss Ruggles, Command of the Persian Ambassador (3 Apr 1810)
Dark (4): Christmas Day (25 Dec 1809)
Boxing Day (26 Dec 1809)
Martyr's Day (30 Jan 1810)
Ash Wednesday (7 Mar 1810)
Lenten Entertainment (10): Bologna's Mechanical Exhibition (16 Mar 1810, 21 Mar 1810, 23 Mar 1810, 28 Mar 1810, 30 Mar 1810, 4 Apr 1810, 6 Apr 1810, 11 Apr 1810, 13 Apr 1810, 14 Apr 1810)

The Season

The Sans Pareil opened 11 December. It was a larger theatre than before because of the "new and commodious gallery" (Morning Post), which had been built after the summer season. Tickets were one shilling for the gallery and, as in the past, two shillings for the pit and four for the boxes.

The company was changed substantially from that of 1808. Its strength was in singing and pantomime. Three singers stand out: William Broadhurst, John Isaacs and James F. Pyne; all later achieved some success at Covent Garden and the English Opera. Broadhurst, the younger Charles Dibdin thought, had a "perhaps unparalleled sweetness of voice, in a Man" (Memoirs, p. 97). Isaacs, a bass, sang in the 1826 world premiere of Weber's Oberon at Covent Garden (White, A History of English Opera, p. 256). In his three years at the Sans Pareil, according to the Biography of the British Stage, he became a "deserved favorite." James Pyne apparently relied on his voice alone to make his way in the theatre. The Biography of the British Stage asserted, "this pleasing vocalist . . . has no ability as an actor." However, this was not cause for dismay, since Pyne was engaged "to sing and not to act." (At Jane Scott's benefit in March, Pyne and proprietor John Scott, "his first appearance on any stage," played the title roles in The Two Misers of Smyrna. Good fun rather than exquisite acting must have been the aim of this entertainment.)

Miss Scott's pantomime, The Necromancer; or, The Golden Key, was a great success, running the whole season. It was probably a somewhat different piece from week to week, with improvisations and interludes not announced on the bills. In fact, management's failure to say exactly what would or would not be presented on a given evening led to some disappointment and unruliness in the audience. The Necromancer was disrupted on 11 January and again on 12 January. These ructions resulted in a declaration of policy on the bill by management: "Whatever is named shall be produced but nothing but what is inserted in the bills and advertisements of the day shall be brought forward" (22 January). Auld was Harlequin this year, his first of three successive seasons at the theatre. Lardner returned as Pantaloon and James Kirby as Clown. Mrs. Elizabeth Pincott was Columbine most of the run. In her absence Miss Ruggles began to establish herself in the role; she made a favorable impression on the Persian Ambassador, at whose command she took a benefit on 3 April when she danced Columbine.

At least two pieces by the prolific Jane Scott played every evening this year. Three works from prior seasons, The Red Robber, The Bashaw and The Magistrate, and a new piece, Mary, The Maid of the Inn, rotated throughout the season. Mary was a Gothic verse melodrama derived from Southey's poem. Miss Scott complicated Southey's plot, and her surprise revelations at the denouement softened his stark vision. This quite successful melodrama was revived in the 1811 and 1816 seasons.

John P. "Jack" Bologna and a "Miss" H. Bologna (who might be either, his niece, the daughter of Louis Bologna, or the Harriet Bath Barnwell whom Jack married in 1800) joined the company this season. Harriet was a principal dancer in the year's only two ballets and took minor roles in two other pieces. Bologna brought the shadow show back to the Sans Pareil for the first time since the 1806 season, when John Scott operated his own machinery. Bologna had been presenting such shows for several years, when he was not engaged as Harlequin. His Lilliput Island opened January 11 and played at intervals some thirty-four times. It was described on the bills as "an interlude in five scenes." In addition to these shadow shows, Bologna presented another of his lenten productions, "Bologna's Mechanical Exhibitions."

Several performers associated with the Sans Pareil for many years made their first appearance this season, most of them in minor roles: Godbee, Robert Stebbing, Swan, Mrs. Daly and Miss LeBrun. John Scott again managed the theatre and James Sanderson returned as composer and band leader.

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Theatre Management And Functionaries

Authors

Scott, Miss Jane M. Bashaw, The (22 Jan 1810)
Magistrate, The (22 Feb 1810)
Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809)
Necromancer, The (11 Dec 1809)
Red Robber, The (11 Dec 1809)
Two Misers of Smyrna, The (8 Mar 1810)
Unknown Faggot Makers, The (11 Dec 1809)
Highland Miller, The (5 Feb 1810)

Musical Composers And Arrangers

Sanderson, James Magistrate, The (22 Feb 1810)
Necromancer, The (11 Dec 1809)

Actors

Aubin, Master

conductors of the car of Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Auld

principal characters (25) in Faggot Makers (11 Dec 1809 - 10 Jan 1810); principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Mornington (37) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 21 Feb 1810); Skeleton, afterwards Harlequin (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Broadhurst, William?

Raymond (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Richard (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); Harlequin's serious Italian serenade (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); princes attendant on Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Captain Hartly (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809)

Chapman

Harlequin's serious Italian serenade (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Cross

Italian confectioner (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Davis

chimney sweeps (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Forster

assassin (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810)

Godbee

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Monsieur La Frog (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Hunt

black slave (3) in Bashaw (25 Jan 1810 - 27 Jan 1810); principal characters (25) in Faggot Makers (11 Dec 1809 - 10 Jan 1810); principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); second servant (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); Featherissimo, or Lover (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Junk (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809)

Isaacs, John

Hassan (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); first servant (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); bellman (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); princes attendant on Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); friar (21) in Necromancer (26 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Sanguinario (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809); Aly (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Jones

Osman (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Kirby, James

Anysideino, Necromancer's man, afterwards Clown (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Lardner

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Lord Edward (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); Cripplegateino, or Pantaloon (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Lardner, Master

postboy (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

May

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); William (11) in Magistrate (22 Feb 1810 - 10 Mar 1810); chimney sweeps (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Monro, Master

conductors of the car of Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Pyne, James F.

Osmin (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Sir Walter Worthy (11) in Magistrate (22 Feb 1810 - 10 Mar 1810); Mary's father (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); Cornelius Agrippa (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); princes attendant on Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Mizen (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809); Martin (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Scott, John

Gripon (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Simpson, C. H.?

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); gibbet maker (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); cobbler (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Pedro (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809)

Sols, Master

conductors of the car of Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Stebbing, Robert?

Jaques (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Giles Gubbins (11) in Magistrate (22 Feb 1810 - 10 Mar 1810); Farmer Stiles (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); barber (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Roderigo (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809); Mustapha (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Swan

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Grim Whisker (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Witacar, Master

conductors of the car of Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Yates

Tight Skin (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Youens

principal characters (25) in Faggot Makers (11 Dec 1809 - 10 Jan 1810); principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Old Dame Thump (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Actresses

Bates, Miss

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810)

Bologna, Miss H.

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); principal characters (25) in Faggot Makers (11 Dec 1809 - 10 Jan 1810); principal characters (25) in Highland Miller (8 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Bacchus (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Cook, Miss

Hebe (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Daly, Mrs.

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); fishwomen (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Columbine's four female attendants (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); females bearing offerings (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Madelon (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Jones, Miss

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Le Brun, Miss

Cupid (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Lever, Miss

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Columbine's four female attendants (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Lever, Miss A.

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

May, Mrs.

principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); fishwomen (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); females bearing offerings (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Moor, Miss

Harlequin's serious Italian serenade (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Pincott, Mrs. Elizabeth

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); principal characters (25) in Faggot Makers (11 Dec 1809 - 10 Jan 1810); principal character (10) in Highland Miller (26 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); female statue, afterwards Columbine (61) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Pyne, Mrs. James F.

Zelas (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Fanny (11) in Magistrate (22 Feb 1810 - 10 Mar 1810); Harlequin's serious Italian serenade (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Rosa (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Euphrosyne (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Annette (12) in Red Robber (11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809); Henriette (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Ruggles, Miss

ladies of the seraglio (11) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Feb 1810); principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Columbine's four female attendants (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); female statue, afterwards Columbine (23) in Necromancer (29 Jan 1810 - 24 Feb 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); Columbine (1) in Necromancer (3 Apr 1810)

Scott, Miss Jane M.

Bashaw (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Edward (11) in Magistrate (22 Feb 1810 - 10 Mar 1810); Mary (43) in Mary, the Maid of the Inn (27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810); Jerosme (10) in Two Misers of Smyrna (8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Smith, Miss

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Ganymead (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Westley, Miss

ladies of the seraglio (12) in Bashaw (22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); principal characters (28) in Highland Miller (5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810); Columbine's four female attendants (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810); dancing Bacchanals and Bacchantes (84) in Necromancer (11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Musicians

Singers

Dancers

Entertainers

Pieces Performed And Summary Cast Lists

Bashaw, The; or, [Midnight] Adventures of Three Spaniards

(musical entertainment) by Miss Jane M. Scott (12 times, 22 Jan 1810 - 3 Apr 1810)

Summary Cast:

* Faggot Makers, The

(comic ballet) by Unknown (25 times, 11 Dec 1809 - 10 Jan 1810)

Summary Cast:

* Highland Miller, The

(ballet) by Unknown (28 times, 5 Feb 1810 - 3 Apr 1810)

Summary Cast:

Magistrate, The

(musical entertainment) by Miss Jane M. Scott, James Sanderson (comp) (11 times, 22 Feb 1810 - 10 Mar 1810)

Summary Cast:

* Mary, the Maid of the Inn; or, The Bough of Yew

(burletta) by Miss Jane M. Scott (43 times, 27 Dec 1809 - 2 Apr 1810)

Summary Cast:

* Necromancer, The; or, The Golden Key

(comic pantomime) by Miss Jane M. Scott, James Sanderson (comp) (84 times, 11 Dec 1809 - 3 Apr 1810)

Summary Cast:

Red Robber, The; or, The Statue in the Wood

(spectacle) by Miss Jane M. Scott (12 times, 11 Dec 1809 - 23 Dec 1809)

Summary Cast:

Two Misers of Smyrna, The; or, Mufti's Tomb

(comic operetta) by Miss Jane M. Scott (10 times, 8 Mar 1810 - 2 Apr 1810)

Summary Cast:

Genre

Music, Composers, And Musicians

Songs, Composers, And Singers

Dances, Choreographers, And Dancers


Adelphi Theatre

End Of 1809-1810 Season

(Generated 30-Sep-1998)


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