John Collier in Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London - 28 November, 1716, at night

from Correspondence of Mr John Collier (deceased) and His Family, 1716-1780, page 5:

Letter from John Collier to Mary Cranston, 29th November 1716

I was last night at the Playhouse in Lincoln’s Inn to see the Dramatick Opera called the Island Princesse, or the Generous Portuguese. We had Interludes of Musick, Singing and dancing very fine, but was surpriz’d with the performance of a little boy and girle not above 5 or 6 years old in Dancing, wch at present carrries the applause of the Towne and is Very uncommon.

cite as

Charles Lane Sayer (ed.), Correspondence of Mr John Collier (deceased) and His Family, 1716-1780, volume 1 (London, 1907), p. 5. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1689595924101 accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London

Listeners

John Collier
lawyer, Mayor of Hastings, town clerk
1685-1760

Listening to

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'Frost Music' from King Arthur
written by Henry Purcell
performed by Cook, George Pack, Letitia Cross, Miss Smith, Mlle Salle, Moreau, Mrs Schoolding, Newhouse, Reading, Richard Leveridge, Salle
a serious dance
written by Moreau
performed by Cook, George Pack, Letitia Cross, Miss Smith, Mlle Salle, Moreau, Mrs Schoolding, Newhouse, Reading, Richard Leveridge, Salle

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 November, 1716, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

Mary Cranston became John Collier's second wife in 1717. The Island Princess that Collier describes in this letter was actually a play by John Fletcher.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 17 Jul 2023 13:12:04 +0100
Approved on Thu, 14 Sep 2023 07:46:57 +0100