Fourth Earl of Orford in Haymarket Theatre, London - 10 March, 1791, at night

from Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 11 March 1791, pages 388–389:

The Haymarket Theatre opened last night with an opera gratis. It is computed that four thousand persons accepted the favour, and the theatre is allowed to be the most splendid and convenient, let Naples say what it will; the singers very indifferent; the dancers (Vestris and Hilsberg) and the dances charming. Still it is probable there will be no more representations, for people cannot get much by giving operas for nothing.

cite as

Horace Walpole, Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 11 March 1791. In Mrs. Paget Toynbee (ed.), The Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford, volume 14 (Oxford, 1905), p. 388–389. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Haymarket Theatre, London


Fourth Earl of Orford
patron of the arts, Politician, Writer

Listening to

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Unspecified opera

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 March, 1791, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:53:18 +0100
Approved on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:26:20 +0100