Tag Archives: Theatre

The Child Actor Who Caused a Riot

Snippets 208.  Every so often a child actor rises to levels of fame that seems to eclipse that of their adult equivalents. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when a child actor makes a strong impact in a particular … Continue reading

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Fire in the Theatre

Snippets 198.  The life of a theatre actor is an interesting one.  Unlike television there are no re-takes.  If anything goes wrong, an actor has to work with it, and improvise very quickly if necessary.  However, sometimes improvisation skills are … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Malfunctions

Quick Quotes 22. The following quote is taken from Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden, a biography of a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, famed for his comedy performances. His biography was written by his son Thomas. … Continue reading

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Travels on the Continent and in England (Part 4)

Journals 14.4.  This is the conclusion of my article about Travels on the Continent and in England, by August Hermann Niemeyer, which details the German writer’s 1819 visit to the country he had always wanted to experience: England. One aspect I … Continue reading

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Drunken Actors

Snippets 145.  In almost every generation there has been an actor who is known for turning up drunk to work.  They often became famous for it, and all the more popular.  In Thomas Munden’s biography of his father, well-known actor … Continue reading

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The Struggling Actor

Snippets 144.  Joseph Shepherd Munden was a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, known principally for his comedy performances.  His son Thomas wrote his very entertaining biography, Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden.  The following anecdotes concern … Continue reading

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Fashionably Late

Snippets 123. One of the earliest references to the concept of being “fashionably late” can be found in an 1843 edition of an Ohio newspaper, which could tend to suggest that the trend originated in America. In Jonathan and his Continent … Continue reading

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The Failure of a “Genuine Hit”

Pick of Punch 7. This area of the blog offers a selection of entertaining quotes from Punch magazine. The following is from 20th January 1866, and shows how theatrical advertising could sometimes bend the truth a little! In theatrical matters … Continue reading

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The History of Pantomime (Christmas History 19)

Yesterday’s Christmas History included a quote from John Bull and his Island, by the fabulous French author Max O’Rell, published in 1883.  In the same book he writes about Christmas pantomimes, a tradition that was relatively new at the time, … Continue reading

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Journals 1.3 – England in 1815 by Joseph Ballard (Part 3)

The following is a continuation of my essay on Ballard’s journal.  See the earlier entry from 14th May 2015 for the first part, and 18th May 2015 for the second part. Predictably, the highlight of Ballard’s travels in Britain was … Continue reading

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