The History of the Theatres of London & Dublin (1761)

Author: Benjamin Victor

Book ID: 68010

Price: 275.00

The History of the Theatres of London and Dublin, from the Year 1730 to the Present Time. To which is added, An Annual Register of all the Plays, &C. performed at the Theatres-Royal in London, from the Year 1712. With Occasional Notes and Anecdotes by Mr. Victor. Late one of the Managers of the Theatre Royal Dublin. Dublin: G. Faulkner and J. Exshaw, 1761. First Dublin Edition. Two Volumes. Pp (1) 208; (2) 216. Ex library copy, with ink stamps & with occasional label residue to endpapers. Contemporary full calf boards, titles lettered in gilt to spine. Boards scuffed & worn, contents in good condition.

Benjamin Victor (1700-1778) moved to Dublin in 1746, where he become treasurer and deputy manager of the Theatre Royal in Smock Alley. He was appointed “Poet Laureate” of Ireland by the Duke of Dorset (to whom these volumes are dedicated). He returned to London in 1759 where he worked as treasurer of Theatre Royal in Drury Lane until his death in 1778.

In this work Victor provides a vibrant account of the theatrical scenes of both cities during the specified period. It not only chronicles the performances but also provides an annual register of all the plays staged at the Theatres-Royal in London since 1712.

A London edition was published in the same year in three volumes.

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