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From The Times, March 26, 1804:

" ...... at the Theatre at Chamberry, was lately represented The Barber of Seville; a young Italian friar, escaped from his Convent in Rome, played the part of Figaro, and attracted a great crowd. During the representation the scenery took fire, and the boxes broke down, but no person was hurt except Figaro,who was killed; and who, on being undressed, was discovered to be a woman .."


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From The Times, March 26, 1789:

".... A correspondent has favoured us with the following particulars of the ball to be given at the Pantheon by the Club at White's on Tuesday next - 'No person to be admitted, otherwise than full dressed; but all Royal dress uniforms, and those of the Army and Navy, considered as dress coats.

We likewise learn the fashionable dress to be worn by the ladies, is white and gold - It may be seen at Mrs Beauvait's' ....."





THE PANTHEON with a splendid Masquerade in the bottom picture....and can anyone throw any light on Mrs Beavait?



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From The Times, September 17, 1798:

".... The Amusements intended for the evening at the Royal Circus, are uncommonly brilliant, and consist of a variety of Horsemanship; a favourite Musical Piece; the new beautiful Spectacle of the Knights of Malta, or, the Midnight Bell, so much talked of at present; and the charmiing Pantomime of the Harlequin Highlander. Such a profusion of elegant Entertainment on one night, is not to be equalled ...."



THE ROYAL CIRCUS




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Admiral Nelson was a keen theatre goer. The Morning Herald in November 1800, for example, records his visit on 17th to 'Old Bannister's benefit' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket where 'the whole audience rose to salute him in an ecstacy of joy, clapping, huzzaing and waving their hats. His Lordship was much affected; and never was enthusuasm more warm and prolonged as that with which he was received.'

He was off again the next night to Covent Garden to see the comedy'Life' followed by a 'spectacle' 'The Mouth of the Nile' with a representation of the Glorious First of August. After this, Mr Munden stepped forward and sang a tribute from 'Young Dibdin', the son of Charles Dibdin who wrote many sea songs, including the poignant 'Tom Bowling':

May peace be the end of the strife we maintain,
For our freedom, our King, and our right to the main!
We're content to shake hands; if they won't, why, what then?
We must send out brave Nelson to thresh 'em again!'


And up came the applause, louder than before, and up jumped Nelson to bow his thanks.

I suspect Nelson enjoyed the fuss of him as well as the plays.


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