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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

STAGE

In which is included,
The Theatrical Characters of the most

celebrated Actors who have adorn'd
the Theatre.

Among many others are the following, viz.
Mr. BETTERTON,

Mrs. BARRY,
Mr. MONTFORT,

Mrs. MONTFORT,
Mr. DOGGET,

Mrs. GWIN,
Mr. Booth,

Mrs. BRACEGIRDLE
Mr. WILKS,

Mrs. PORTER,
Mr. NOKES.

Mrs. OLDFIELD.

TOGETHER WITH,

The THEATRICAL LIFE

OF

Mr. Colly CIBBER.

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THE general History of the Stage, to the

Page 1 The Theatrical Characters of the following ce.

lebrated Actors, viz.
Mr. Betterton,
Mrs. Barry,
Mr. Kynaston,

30 Mr. Sandford,

35 Mrs. Guyn,

41 Mr, Montfort,

44 Mr. Nokes, Mr. Leigh,

50 Mr. Underhill, Mrs. Montfort, Mrs. Bracegirdle, Mrs. Leigh, Mrs. Betterton and Mrs. Butler, Mr. Dogget, Mrs. Oldfield, Memoirs of Mrs. Marhal and Mr. Lacy, 71 The Characters of Mr. Booth and Mr. Wilks. 76 The Duty of a Player,

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The Life of Mr. Colly Cibber,

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PART II. The State of the Stage continued.' The Occasion

of Wilk's commencing Actor. Facts relatia to his Theatrical Talent: Actors more or esteem'd from their private Character.

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A COMPLEAT
HISTORY

OF THE
HE Drama did not grow into any

Form in England, till the Reign
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Henry VIII. It was in some measure encouraged in the

Reign of Queen Elizabeth ; but flourished in that of King James I. This and all other Arts were improved till the Beginning oti the Grand Rebellion in the succeeding Reigt, when the Dramatick Muse was banished.

The Stage did not properly recover itself til! the Restoration of King Charles II, when, as Lord Lansdown fays, Trade flourished, Navigation was increased, Manufactures improved, Arts and Sciences encouraged, Wiç abounding, the Mules restored ; and above all, real Liberty fe. eyred to the Subject,

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