Elizabeth Worge née Collier et al. in Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London - 21 April, 1747

from Correspondence of Mr John Collier (deceased) and His Family, 1716-1780, pages 363–364:

Letter from Mary Collier to her mother, Mary Collier, 23rd April 1747

Tuesday my uncle carried us to see ye Beggars Opera, There was not a very full House, but ye Play was most Charmingly Perform’d, Mrs Cibber was Polly, & Beard Macheath, & all ye other Caracters [sic] by ye best Hands. I Can’t say 'twas so good a Play for my Sister Worge to see as some others might have been, as it was ye first she ever saw, There being so little variety of Scenes & Cloaths, Though she was highly delighted with that, & seems to be very happy.

cite as

Charles Lane Sayer (ed.), Correspondence of Mr John Collier (deceased) and His Family, 1716-1780, volume 1 (London, 1907), p. 363–364. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1689604313726 accessed: 2 March, 2024

location of experience: Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London


Listening to

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The Beggars Opera
written by John Gay, Johann Christoph Pepusch
performed by Ann Allen, Elizabeth Havard, Harris James, James Bencraft, John Arthur, John Beard, John Dunstall, Mary Dunstall, Michael Stoppelaer, Miss Hippisley, Mr Anderson, Mrs Bland, Susannah Cibber, William Vaughan

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 April, 1747
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Mary Collier and Elizabeth Worge were half-sisters. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Collier (1685-1760; lawyer, town clerk and five times Mayor of Hastings, East Sussex) by his first wife, Elizabeth Elphick (d. 1714). Mary was a daughter by his second marriage to Mary Cranston (1696-1768).

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 17 Jul 2023 15:31:54 +0100
Approved on Thu, 14 Sep 2023 07:49:52 +0100