Fifth Viscount Torrington in Cheltenham - 23 June, 1781

from Tour to the West, 1781, pages 35–36:

We dined with my old schoolfellow, and riding house companion Ld F: much discourse about our former days and modern politics, with too much wine; and I went, rather heated, to the play house to Love in a Village.Sing-song performances are generally ill-perform’d, and allways make me melancholy, as I feel for their want of abilities, and pity their distress: what can become of a failing actor, or a failing running horse, being both unequal to the business of common employments?

cite as

John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 35–36. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Cheltenham


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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Love in a Village
written by Thomas Arne and others

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 June, 1781
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


'Love in a Village' was a pastiche comic opera with some original music by Thomas Arne. All spelling and punctuation copied from the original source.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:30:52 +0000
Approved on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:04:23 +0000