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COMPANION TO THE PLAYHOUSE:
Historical and critical Memoirs, and original Anecdotes,
BRITISH AND IRISH
THE COMMENCEMENT OF OUR THEATRICAL EXHIBITIONS;
AMONG WHOM ARE
SOME OF THE MOST CELEBRATED ACTORS:
AN ALPHABETICAL ACCOUNT, AND CHRONOLOGICAL LISTS, OF THEIR WORKS,
THE DATES WHEN PRINTED, AND OBSERVATIONS ON THEIR MERITS :
AN INTRODUCTORY VIEW OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS
ORIGINALLY COMPILED, TO THE YEAR 1764, 5Y
DAVID ERSKINE BAKER.
CONTINUED THENCE TO 1782, BY
ISAAC REED, F. A. S.
Additions and Improvements throughout, by
IN THREE VOLUMES.
BIOGRAPHIA DRAMATICA. .
M AC 1. The MACARONI, Com, by sleep, is perfectly original, and adRobert Hitchcocki Performed at mirably conducted. Macbeth's so York. Svo. 1773. It was once liloquies, both before and after the acted at the Haymarket.
murder, are masterpieces of un2. THE MACARONI. Farce, matchable writing ; while his reaWe are told that such a piece exists diness of being deluded at first by in MS. which was written some the witches, and his desperation time between 1770 and 1780, but on the discovery of the fatal ambiwas, probably, never performed; guity, and loss of all hope from though the copy which our inform- supernatural predictions, produce ant had seen had several passages a catastrophe truly just, and formmarked for omission, in the same ed with the utmost judgment. In manner as plays belonging to thea- a word, notwithstanding all its irtres usually have. Might it not be regularities, it is certainly one of an abridgment of the foregoing the best pieces of the very best article ?
master in this kind of writing that 3. MACBETH. Trag. by W. the world ever produced. The Shakspeare. Fol. 1623. This play plot is founded on the Scottish is extremely irregular, every one history, and may be traced in the of the rules of the drama being writings of Hector Boethius, Buentirely and repeatedly broken in chanan, Holingshed, &c. in Heyupon : yet, notwithstanding, it wood's Hierarchy of Angels, and in contains an infinity of beauties, the first book of Heylin's Cosmoboth with respect to language, graphy. The entire story at large, character, passion, and incident. however, collected from them all, The incantations of the witches is to be seen in a work, in three are equal, if not superior, to the volumes 12mo, entitled Shakspeare Canidia of Horace. The use this ļllustrated, vol. i. The scene in author has made of Banquo's ghost, the end of the fourth act lies in towards heightening the already England. Through all the rest of heated imagination of Macbeth, is the play it is in Scotland, and inimitably fine. Lady Macbeth, chiefly at Macbeth's castle at Ins discovering her own crimes in her yerness.