Category Archives: Theatre

“Great Cry and Little Wooll …”

One of the joys of looking through editions of early eighteenth-century newspapers is finding the unexpected. Only last week, I was browsing through the pages of the Ipswich Journal for April 15th, 1721, when I came across this gem: the … Continue reading

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The (Forgotten) Georgian Origins of Pantomime

Today, pantomimes are flashy, high audience-participation entertainments for families and children, performed in the run-up to Christmas. Most follow more-or-less traditional storylines: Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Robinson Crusoe. The principal male character is always played by an … Continue reading

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Opera Mania

Just as the operas of composers like Handel soon became an important part of London’s musical scene, similar music could be heard in Norwich, often performed by the same famous singers. Here you might hear many of the operatic arias … Continue reading

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Norwich’s 1000-Seat Georgian Theatre

Before 1750, Norwich was England’s largest and wealthiest city after London. It’s not surprising, therefore, that it already had a long tradition of local theatre performances by that date—too long to cover in a single posting. There were, at times, … Continue reading

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Getting Your (Ticket) Money’s Worth

In these days, when theatre tickets may cost £50 or more (double that in London’s West End) it’s interesting to see just how much value our Georgian ancestors obtained for their money. Not just a ‘main attraction’ but various types … Continue reading

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As The Actress Said to the Cabinet Minister …(3)

Part 3: The Cabinet Minister: William Windham What of the Cabinet Minister of the title of this post: William Windham? He was a major figure in the politics, arts and society of late Georgian England. In maturity, William was handsome, … Continue reading

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As The Actress Said to the Cabinet Minister …(2)

Part 2: Mrs. Sarah Siddons Mrs. Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) was by far the leading tragic actress of her day. She was born in Brecon, while her theatrical mother and father were on tour, but she was very much a … Continue reading

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