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MAC as soon as they are recognised, great splendour. The admirable throw an air of burlesque upon music by Mr. Locke is still re"the whole. The women, who tained. " are generally pretty enough, to 5. Macbeth, the Historical " be-witch us in a sense very dif. Tragedy of (written originally by "ferent from Shakspeare's, are Shakspeare). Newly adapted to “ often employed in laughing with the stage, with alterations by J. " each other, and sometimes with Lee, as performed at the Theatre " the audience, at their dresses, in Edinburgh. 8vo. 1753. Lan" which they think frightful, but guage is not strong enough to ex“which, in fact, conceal neither press our contempt of Mr. Lee's " their bright eyes, nor rosy lips, performance. If sense, spirit, and nor, scarcely, their neat silk versification, were ever discoverstockings. Now all this inter- able in Shakspeare's play, so sure

ruption to the solemn intiuence has our reformer laid them all in “of the scene may be avoided by ruins. Criticism disdains to point

an easy alteration in the per- out each particular mischief of this " formance. The fine words of monkey hand; but yet, gentle “the incantations (partly Shak- reader, accept the following spe"peare's and partly Middleton's), cimen of its atteinpt to improve " the highly-appropriate music of the well-known incantation with " Locke, the harmony of our best which the fourth act begins : "voices may all be preserved, and

1. Witch. " the scene rescued from its pre

No milk-naid yet hath been bedew'd. “sent violation, by stationing the But thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.

2. Witch. « whole chorus behind the scenes,

3. Witch. partly on the ground and partly Twice and once the hedge-pig whin’d, “aloft, to make their responses Shutting his eyes against the wind. “ in the intervals of the spells of

1. Il'itch. "Hecate and her three attendants. Up hollow oaks now emmets climb.

2. W'irch. The music would indisputably And Hecate cries, 'Tis time, 't is time. “ be heard with an effect more

3. Witch. “suitable to the occasion ; and Then round about the cauldron go, our eyes would not then per,

And poison'd entrails in it throw. « suade us to think of the play. Toad (that under mossy stone,

1. Witch. bill, instead of Macbeth.Nights and days has, thirty-one,

4. MACBETH. Trag. with all Swelter'd venom sleeping got) the alterations, amendments, ad

Boil first in the enchanted pot, &c. &c. ditions, and new songs. Acted at 6. Macbeth. Trag. by Wm, the Duke's Theatre. 4to. 1674. Shakspeare. Collated with the old This alteration was made by Sir and modern editions. 8vo. 1773. William Davenant.

7. Macbeth. Tragedy, by

, Downes the prompter says, that William Shakspeare. With Nat Lee, the poet, having an in- Notes and Emendations, by Harry clination to turn actor, had the Rowe, &c. Printed at York. part of Duncan assigned to him on 8vo. 1799. The criticisms and this revival, but did not succeed emendations are more amusing in it. His name, however, stands than solid. against the character in the print- 8. MACBETH. Trag. by Shake ed copy. It was performed with speare. Revised by J. P. Kemble,

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M A D and now first published as it is Sunshine after Rain. A Farce, in acted at Covent Garden Theatre. two acts, by T. Merchant. Svo. 8vo. 1803.

No date. [1795.] This enter9. The MACKE (a game at tainment, which is said to have Cards). A Play. Acted by Hen- been performed with the most slowe's Company, Feb. 21, 1594. flattering approbation at the TheNot printed.

atre Royal, Manchester, was print10. MADAM FICKLE; or, The ed at Huddersfield, in a volume, Witty false One. Com. by Thomas including also the author's “ FrDurfey. Acted at the Duke's gitive Pieces in Prose and Verse." Theatre. 4to. 1677. This author, The name of Merchant, we underwho, in regard both of plot and stand to have been a fictitious one, character, was certainly one of the assumed at that time by Mr. greatest plagiaries that ever existed, Thomas Dildin. There is little has prefixed to this play a motto plot, but considerable humour, in from Horace, viz. Non cuivis this piece, which has been since homini contingit adire Corinthum, acted, for a benefit, at Covent which Langbaine has, humorously Garden, under the latter title only. enough, explained to imply,That 14. THE MAD-House. A Re« he could not write a play without hearsal of a new Ballad Opera, stealing." At least, however, he burlesqued, called The MADhas given no proof to the contrary House, after the manner of Pasof such explanation in the piece quin, by R. Baker. Acted at Linbefore us, which is wholly made coln's Inn Fields. 8vo. 1737.

from other comedies. For in- 15. THE Mad-HOUSE. Mus. stance, the character of Sir Arthur Ent. by W. C. Oulton. Acted in Old-Love is a plain copy of Vete- Dublin. 12mo. 1785. rano, in The Antiquary; as is also 16. The Mad Lover. Tragithe incident of Zechiel's creeping Com. by Beaumont and Fletcher. into the Tavern Bush, and Tilburn's Fol. 1647 ; 8vo. 1779. This play being drunk under it, &c. of the is particularly commended by Sir scene of Sir Reverence Lamard and Aston Cokain, in his copy

of Pimpwell, in The Walks of Isling- verses on Fletcher's plays. The ton and Hogsdon. There are also scene lies at Paphos. The plot of several hints in it borrowed from Cleanthe's suborning the priest to Marston's Fawn. The scene is give a false oracle, in favour of her Jaid in Covent Garden.

brother Syphax, is borrowed from 11. The MAD CAPTAIN. Opera, the story of Mundus and Paulina, by Robert Drury. Acted at Good- in Josephus, book xviii. ch. 4. man's Fields. Svo. 1733. Pro- 17. THe Mad LOVER. There logue spoken by the author. would seem to have been an opera,

12. A MAD COUPLE well with this title [See ACIS AND GAMatch'd. Comedy, by Richard LATEA, Masque, by Motteux] ; Brome. 8vo. 1653. This play but we have not met with it; nor met with success, and was revived, do we find it mentioned in any with some very trivial alterations former list. by Mrs. Behn, under the title of 18. THE MADMAN. Burletta. The Debauchee; or, The Credulous Performed at Marybone Gardens. Cuckold, and reprinted in 4to. 1677. 4to. 1770.



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MAG Play, by Robert Wilson (in con. 28. THE MAGIC PICTURE. junction with Dekker and Dray- Play. Acted at Covent Garden. ton). 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 Truller- lousy, instead of the magic art of TA. A Mock Tragedy. Svo. 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-Heroi. intended 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 Mas- 1792. Not printed. It was perTERS. Com. by Thomas Middle- formed only four nights, but pos

Acted by the children of sessed a considerable portion of Paul's. 4to. 1608; fto. 1640; humour. D. C. 1780. This is a very good

31. THE MAGICIAN OF play, and has been since borrowed MOUNTAIN. Pantomime. Acted from by many writers; particu- at Drury Lane, 1703. The good larly by Mrs. Behn, 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 reconcild. Com. by and had a very successful run. Ben Jonson. Fol. 1640; 8vo. 8vo. 1785.

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. Bur- of that time: particularly Mr. Gill, letta, by George Savile Carey. master of St. Paul's school, or his Acted at Marybone Gardens. 4to. 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. &c. oply printed, 8vo. 1799. “A brick-kiln's better for thee than a stage.


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M A G “Thou better know'st a groundsil for to folio pages in the black letter,

lay, “ Than lay the plot or ground-work of time in the representation, and

must have taken up a considerable a play, " And better canst direct to cap a chim

was printed by Rastell in about ney,

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

himny. • Fall then to work in thy old age


Al thyngys contryryd by mannys reason, agen,

The world envyrenyd of hygh and low 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 trewe 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


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: Magni

But, to show how fiercely Ben ficence becomes a dupe to two could repartee on any one that had

servants and favourites, Fansy, abused him, we present the reader

Counterfet Countenance, Crafty 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 peers,

up as a prisoner to Poverte, He « Pillory, nor whip, nor want of ears,

is next delivered to Despare and " All which thou hast incurr'd deservedly,

Mischefe, who offer him a knife « Nor degradation from the Ministry,

and a halter. He snatches the knife, “ To be the Denis of thy father's school, to end his iniseries by stabbing “ Keep in thy bawling wit, thou bawla himself; when Good Hope and ing fool?

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

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

with some gostly gummes, and a

few drammes of devocyon. He beThy blatant muse abroad, and teach

comes acquainted with Circumit rather “ A tune to drown the ballads of thy loys their directions, and seeks for

speccyon and Perseverance, folfather : " For thou hast nought in thee, to cure happiness in a state of penitence his fame,

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

shame. A rogue by statute, censur'd to be logue, but the allusions are comwhipt,

monly low. Although many mo“ Crop, 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 intc ''ide and a me | ry deuysed first that bear the name of their and by mayster Skelton, author. poet | laureate, late de ceasyd:. 35. TH MAGNIFICENT Lo. See University Library, Cam

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

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M A H 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 Dano; or, nishing hand to it, he 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 Lane, 1796 This Theatre, permitted the widow to piece was a compilation of inci- attempt the performing of it, at dents from The Guardian, The that house, for her beneñt; when, Arabian Nights Entertainments, notwithstanding the dispute which The Persian Tales, &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 re38. 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 Voltaire, 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 fourishing 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 foreigo writer. This great warmth of party-zeal in a play met with moderate success; considerable part of the audience, its iperits 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

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