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M A G Piay, by Robert Wilson (in con- 28. The Magic PICTURE, junction with Dekker and Dray- Play. Acted at Covent Garden. ion). Acted 1598. Not printed. 8vo. 1783. This was an altera

20. The HISTORY OF MADOR tion of Massinger's Picture, by King or BRITAIN. By Francis the Rev. Henry Bate. The alterer Beaumont. Entered on the book has given a new turn to the drama, of the Stationers' Company, June by making the changes of the pic29, 1660; but not printed. túre the effects of Eugenius's jea

21. MADRIGAL AND Trullet- lousy, instead of the magic art of TA. A Mock Tragedy. 8vo. 1758. Baptista ; by which, however, This piece was written by Mr. though the improbability of the Reed." It was performed at the fable is lessened, the interest is also Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, in some measure diminished. one night only (July 6), under the 29. The MAGICIAN; or, The direction of Theoph. Cibber. It is Bottle Conjuror. Historico-Heroiintended as a ridicule upon some

Satiri-Comic Drama. Acted at of the later performances of the the Star and Garter Tavern, 1749. buskin, and is executed with much Not printed. humour ; but was, says the au- 30. THE MAGICIAN NO Conthor, “inhumanly butchered in JUROR. Comic Opera, by Robert "the representation.” "

Merry. Acted at Covent Garden, 22. A MAD WORLD MY Mas1792. Not printed. It was perTERS. Com. by Thomas Middle- formed only four nights, but poston. Acted by the children of sessed a considerable portion of Paul's. 4to. 1608; 4to. 1640; bumour. D. C. 1780. This is a very good

31. THE MAGICIAN OF THE play, and has been since borrowed Mountain. Pantomime. Acted from by many writers; particu- at Drury Lane, 1763. The good larly by Mrs. Behn, in her City sense of the audience condemned Heiress; and by C. Johnson, in this piece to oblivion, after, we his Country Lasses.

think, two representations. 23. THE MAGIC BANNER. See 32. The MAGNET. Musical ALFRED.

Entertainment. Performed at 24. The Magic Cavern; or, Marybone Gardens. 8vo. 1771.Virtue's Triumph. Pant. by Mr. This magnet has little attraction Wewitzer. This splendid and en

without the aid of its music. tertaining piece was first acted at 33. The MAGNETICK LADY; Covent Garden, Dec. 27, 1784, or, Humours reconcil'd. Com. by and had a very successful run.

Ben Jonson. Fol. 1640; 8vo.

1756. This play is in general 25. The Magic Flute. Pant. esteemed a good one, yet did not by J. C. Cross. 1800.

escape the censure of some critics 26. The Magic Girdle. Bure of that time: particularly Mr. Gill, letta, by George Savile Carey. master of St. Paul's school, or his Acted at Marybone Gardens. 410. son, wrote a satire against it; part of 1770.

which (the whole being too long) 27. THE MAGIC OAK ; or, we shall transcribe : Harlequin Woodcutter. Pantom.

"But to advise thee, Ben, in this strict Acted at Covent Garden. Songs.

age, &c. only printed, Svo. 1799. "A brick kiln's better for thee than a stage.

810. 1785.



" Thou better know'st a groundsil for to folio pages in the black letter,

must have taken up a considerablo
• Than lay the plot or ground-work of time in the representation, and

a play,
« And better canst direct to capa chim-

was printed by Rastell in about ney,

1533. It begins with a dialogue " Than to converse with Clio, or Poly- between Felicite and Lyberte : himny.

Fylycite. “ Fall then to work in thy old age

Al thyngys contryvyd by mannys reason, agen,

The world envyrenyd of hygh and love “ Take up thy trug and trowel, gentle

estate, Ben,

Be it erly or late welth hath a season; Let plays alone: or if thou needs will

Welth is of wysdome the very tiewe write,

probate. " And thrust thy feeble muse into the

The substance of the allegory, says light, « Let Lowin cease, and Taylor scorn to

Mr. Warton (who had never seen touch


other copy than Mr. Garrick's, • The loathed stage, for thou hast made of which the first leaf and title are

it such." But, to show how fiercely Ben wanting) is briefly this : Magnicould repartee on any one that had abused him, we present the reader Counterfet Countenance, Crafty

servants and favourites, Fansy, with his answer.

Conveyance, Clockyd Colusion, " Shall the prosperity of a pardon still “ Secure thy railing rhymes, infamous

Courtly Abusion, and Foly. At Gill,

length he is seized and robbed by " At libelling? Shall no Star-Chamber Adversyte, by whom he is given pcers,

up as a prisoner to Poverte. He « Pillory, nor whip, nor want of ears, • All which thou hast incurr'd de Mischefe, who offer him a knife

is next delivered to Despare and servedly, • Nor degradation from the Ministry, anda halter. He snatches the knife, “ To be the Denis of thy father's school, to end his miseries by stabbing " Keep in thy bawling wit, thou bawl himself; when Good Hope and

Redresse appear, and persuade him “ Thinking to stir me, thou hast lost thy

to take the rularbe of repentance, end; " I'll laugh at thee poor wretched tike;

with some gostly gummes, and a

few drammes of devocyon. He be" Thy blatant muse abroad, and teach comes acquainted with Circum

it rather “ A tune to drown the ballads of thy lows their directions, and seeks for

speccyon and Perseverance, fol. father: " For thou hast nought in thee, to cure happiness in a state of penitenco his fame,

and contrition. There is some ** But tune and noise, the echo of his humour here and there in the dia.

shame. “ A rogue by statute, censurd to be logue, but the allusions are com

monly low. Although many mowhip, “ Cropt, branded, slit, neck-stockt; go,

ralities were written about this you are stript."

period, Magnificence and The Ni34. MAGNIFICENce. A goodly gramansir, by Skelton, are the interlude and a mery deuysed first that bear the name of their and made by | mayster Skelton, author. poet | laureate, late de ceasyd.:. 35. THE MAGNIFICENT LoSee University Library, Cam

Com. by Ozell. This is bridge, D. 4. 8. It contains sixty only a translation, intended for the

ing fool ?

go send



MAH closet alone, of Les Amans Mag- survive to reap any advantage from nifiques of Moliere.

it; for, being unable to put the fi36. MAGO AND Dago; or, nishing hand to it, be received some Harlequin the Hero. Pant. by M. assistance in the completing of it, Lonsdale. Acted at Covent Gar- from Dr. John Hoadly. The auden, 1794. Not printed. thor died during its run ; and, not

37. MAHMOUD; or, The Prince long after his death, Fleetwood, of Persia. Op. by Prince Hoare. then manager of Drury Lane Acted at Drury Line, 1796 This Theatre, permitted the widow to piece was a compilation of inco attempt the performing of it, at dents from The Guardian, The that house, for her benefit; when, Arabian Nights Entertainments, notwithstanding the dispute which The Persian Tules, &c. The music bad been for a long time subsisting (the last that was composed by between that manager and the Storace) first introduced Mr. Bra- town, with regard to the abating ham (formerly of the Royalty) to the advanced prices on entertaina Theatre Royal. The piece af- ments (and which, as his patent forded a good deal of entertain- was very near expired, he was by ment, and was well received; and no means anxious to reconcile), Mr. Hoare, we have heard, gene- had arisen to such an height, as to rously gave up the profits of it to occasion nightly riots at the house, Storace's widow. We have great and a determination on the side of pleasure in recording such acts as the audience to permit no reprethese. Not printed.

sentation till their proposed ree 38. MAHOMET. Play. Acted formation was complied with; yet by Henslowe's Company, Aug. 15, so favourable was the town on this 1594. Perhaps THE TURKISH occasion, that not only did the play Mahomet; which see.

go off without the least inter39. Mahomet. Trag. in the ruption, but the house was so full, collection of Voltaire's plays trans- as to enable the widow to clear uplated under the name of Dr.Franck- wards of an hundred pounds by lin. 12mo.

the profits of it. 40. MAHOMET THE IMPOSTOR. This was also the play which, in Trag. by James Miller. Acted at the year 1753, was the innocent Drury Lane. Svo. 1744. This is cause of a considerable revolution little more than a tolerable transla- in the dramatic world, in another tion of the Mahomet of Voitaire, kingdom, viz. that of Ireland; and whose writings indeed breathe such which finally terminated in the a spirit of liberty, and have con- entire abdication of a theatrical tracted such a resemblance to the monarch, although he had with manners of the English authors, great labour and assiduity brought that they seem better adapted to his domain into a more flourishing succeed on the English stage with state than any of his predecessors out much alteration, than those of had done: for through the too any other foreigu writer. This great warmth of party-zeal in a play met with moderate success; considerable part of the audience, its terits having fair play, from the which insisted on a repetition of ignorance of the prejudiced part of certain passages in this play, which the audience with regard to its appeared to them applicable to author, who unfortunately did not some persons then in power, and


MAI perhaps a too peremptory manner to Antonio, Ismenia, and Aminta, of opposing that zeal on the side is borrowed from a Spanish roof Mr. Sheridan, then manager of mance, called, Gerardo; and the the Theatre Royal in Smock Alley, comic part, with the affair of Dublin, a disturbance ensued, in Otrante's seizing Florimel, the consequence of which, Sheridan Miller's supposed daughter, and was obliged to quit first the house attempting her chastity, from for the security of his person, and Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques, afterwards the kingdom for the tom. i. hist. 12. The scene lies support of his fortune. The the- in Spain. atre was shut up for the remainder 45. The Maid or BATH. Com. of that season; and the manage- by Samuel Foote. Acted at the ment of it, after divers ineffectual Haymarket in 1771. Printed in struggles made by Sheridan for 8vo. 1778. A transaction which some time, partly by deputation, happened at Bath, in which perand partly in person, to reinstate son of fortune was said to have himself in the quiet possession of treated a young lady, celebrated it, at length devolved totally into for her musical talents, in a very other hands.

censurable manner, afforded the This play was revived at Drury groundwork of this extremely enLane, in the year 1765, with sonie tertaining performance. The deimprovements by Garrick, and has linquent is here held up to ridicule, - since been frequently acted with under the name of Flint; and it applause.

will be difficult to point out a cha41. The Maiden's HOLYDAY: racter drawn with more truth and Comedy, by Christopher Marloe accuracy than the present, espeand John Day. Entered on the cially in the second aet. The parts book of the Stationers' Company, of Lady Catherine Coldstream, Sir April 8, 1654. It was among Christopher Cripple, and Billy those destroyed by Mr. Warbur. Button, are also all highly finished, ton's servant.

and render the piece one of the 42. A MAIDENHEAD WELL Lost. most pleasing of this writer.—Mr. Comedy, by Thomas Heywood. Walter Long, the gentleman to 4to. 1634. Langbaine calls this a whom Foote is said to have alpleasant comedy, and says that it luded in the character of Flint, was acted in Drury Lane with died at Bath, February 2, 1807, much applause.

aged 95, and worth more than 43. THE MAIDEN WHIM; or, two hundred thousand pounds ; The Critical Minute. A Farce, by the bulk of which he left to Miss Dr. Hill. Acted at Drury Lane, Long, only daughter of Sir James April 24, 1750, for the benefit of Tilney Long, then just entered the author. Not printed. her 17th year, and who, before

41. The MUD IN THE Mill. this unexpected windfall, was supCom. by Beaumont and Fletcher. posed to be the richest heiress in Fol. 16-17; 8vo. 1778. This is a ihe British dominions. very excellent play, and was one 46. THE MAID OF BRISTOL. of those which, after the Restora- Play, in three acts, by James tion, were revived at the Duke of Boaden. Acted at the Haymarket. York's Theatre. The serious part 8vo. 1803. The dialogue of this of the plot, viz. that which relates piece is neatly written, and there MAI

M AI is a considerable degree of interest from private resentment; whick and pathos in it. It was well re- was not the fact, as it proceeded ceived,

from pure patriotism. He like47. THE MAID OF HONOUR. wise makes ber have two interTragi-Com. by Phil. Massinger. views with him, and in the first Acted at the Phænix, Drury Lane. she avows her loyal principles, and 4to. 1632; 4to. 1638. This play, threatens his life; so that it is very. which has considerable merit, met improbable tlrat she would be adwith great applause, and has a mitted to a second conference, copy of verses prefixed by Sir As. The piece in other respects poston Cokain.

sesses merit. It was represented 48. The Maid of Honour. on the Dublin stage. Com. Acted at Drury Lane, 1785. 53. TAE MAID OF THE MILL, This was an alteration of Mas- A Play, by J. Fletcher, assisted singer's play, by J. P. Kemble; by Rowley. Acted at the Globe but, notwithstanding it was well Theatre, 1623. Mr. Malone seems performed, it was coldly received. to think this was The Maid's TruNot printed.

gedy; but is it not more likely to 49. THE MAID OF Kent. Com. be the same as is printed by the by F. G. Waldron. Svo. 1779. title of The MAID IN THE Mill? This was originally acted at Drury 54. The Maid Of The Mill; Lane, 1773, for the author's be- or, The Country Revels. Farce. nefit. The plot of it is built on a Taken from Beaumont and Fletstory in The Spectator, No. 123. cher. Acted at Covent Garden,

50. THE MAID OF Locillin. 1750. N. P. A Lyrical Drama, by William 55. THE MAID OP The Mill. Richardson, M. A. This drama, Com. Opera, by Isaac Bickerstaffe. which is a correct and spirited per- Acted at Covent Garden. Svo. formance, does great credit to the 1765. This is taken from Richardauthor. It was published in 1801, son's novel of Pamela, and ran in a small 8vo. volume, with some thirty-five nights. In the year legendary odes and other poems by 1782, Mr. O'Keeffe added several the same gentleman. Never acted. airs to it, with which it was re

51. THE MAID OF MARIEN- vived with applause. It has since BURG. Drama, in five acts. Trans- been reduced to an afterpiece, and lated from the German of Kratter. performed in that state at Covent Svo. 1798. Never acted. It is Garden. It has been observed, on the story of Peter the Great that, “ like Pamela, this is one of marrying a lass in humble life, “those delusions which frequentwho became Catharine I.

“ ly destroy the proper subordina52. THE MAID OF NORMANDY; ~ tion of society. The village or, The Death of the Queen of beauty, whose simplicity and inFrance. Trag. in four acis, by E. “ nocence are her native charms, J. Eyre. 8vo. 1793 ; 1794. This " smitten with the reveries of rank piece certainly affords very just “and splendour, becomes affected grounds for criticism in many re- “ and retired, disdaining her situspects. The character of the he. “ ation and every one about her." roine, Charlotte Cordé, the author -We do not believe, however, renders less interesting, by making that many instances of this could her assassination of Marat proceed be adduced.

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