Mr Sheridan in Drury Lane - mid May, 1795

from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, page 76:

About the middle of May, an opera was acted at Drury Lane, in which I had to perform an Irish character. My friend Johnstone took great pains to instruct me in the brogue, but I did not feel quite up to the mark; and, after all, it seems my vernacular phraseology was not the most perfect; for, when the opera was over, Sheridan came into the green-room, and said, "Bravo ! Kelly; very well, indeed; upon my honour, I never before heard you speak such good English in all my life." This sarcastic compliment produced much laughter from the performers who heard him*.

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Michael Kelly, Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, volume 2 (London, 1826), p. 76. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436352387119 accessed: 21 February, 2024

location of experience: Drury Lane

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Opera performed by Michael Kelly

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Date/Time mid May, 1795
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:46:27 +0100
Approved on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:14:26 +0000