4th night. Blenheim

An admission ticket to a performance on 30 November 1789 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Such private theatricals at country houses became increasingly popular during the eighteenth century, with plays starting in earnest at Blenheim in 1786 and becoming so successful that a greenhouse was converted into a proper theater.

  • Title: 4th night. Blenheim. Monday, November 30, 1789, will be performed, False appearances; with The maid of the oaks. : To begin at seven o’clock, and the doors to be opened at half past six. These tickets are not transferable.
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [1789]

Catalog Record 

File 66 789 F78

Acquired July 2019

Dalby Theatre. July 14th, 1803. Tancred & Sigismunda with Bon Ton

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An admission ticket to a performance at Dalby Theatre 14 July 1803, the private playhouse of Edward Hartopp at his seat Little Dalby Hall in Leicestershire. Edward Hartopp’s private theatricals seem to have been staged sporadically from 1777, becoming larger and more elaborate at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

  • TitleDalby Theatre. July 14th, 1803. Tancred & Sigismunda with Bon Ton. Admission ticket (not transferable).
  • Production[Melton Mowbray? : publisher not identified, 1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 767 P69b D213 803.1

Acquired June 2016

Dalby Theatre. July 19th, 1803. Wild oats, with a farce. Admission ticket

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An admission ticket to a performance at Dalby Theatre 19 July 1803, the private playhouse of Edward Hartopp at his seat Little Dalby Hall in Leicestershire. Edward Hartopp’s private theatricals seem to have been staged sporadically from 1777, becoming larger and more elaborate at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

  • TitleDalby Theatre. July 19th, 1803. Wild oats, with a farce. Admission ticket (not transferable).
  • Production[Melton Mowbray? : [publisher not identified, 1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 767 P69b D213 803.1

Acquired June 2016

Wynnstay Theatre

Bartolozzi, Francesco, 1727-1815

Wynnstay Theatre / H. Bunbury inv. ; F. Bartolozzi sculp.

Published: [England? : s.n.], 1785.

785.00.00.117

Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-1789), politician and patron of the arts, held summer performances at his estate at Wynnstay, in North Wales. Bunbury incorporates into the design of this admission ticket the titles for the 1785 season: The Confederacy, As You Like It, The Agreeable Surprise, Venice Preserved, and Harlequin’s Invasion. The titles are shown on banners held by the figures of Tragedy, Comedy, Pantomime, and Farce or draped over the branches of the tree. Bunbury uses Farce dressed as a harlequin holding a club labelled “invasion” to form a rebus of Garrick’s play. In the background, the four figures are identified on the sails of a windmill. In the banner at the top of the oval is the name of the theatre and the year “1785” ; at the top and bottom of the oval are the masks of comedy and tragedy.

Wynnstay Theatre: 1 print on laid paper : stipple engraving in brown ink

Wynnstay Theatre: 1 print on laid paper : stipple engraving in brown ink

Subjects (Library of Congress): Wynnstay Theatre; Theater–Wales.

Material: Stipple engravings; Rebuses; Ephemera; Admission ticket.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: 2009