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

Ticket for Dalby Theatre

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A image of a mad Medea [?], hair flowing and left breast bare, holding a dagger in her right hand and held above her head, posed read to strike. In her left hand she holds a chalice. There is a column to her left in the background. Used as a ticket for a production at Dalby Theatre, the private playhouse of Edward Hartopp (1758-1808) at his seat Little Dalby Hall in Leicestershire.

  • Title[Ticket for Dalby Theatre] [graphic].
  • Production[Melton Mowbray? : publisher not identified, 1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 767 P69b D213 803.1 Copy 2

Acquired June 2016

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

Dalby Theatre. Tuesday July 19th, 1803. Wild oats …

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A playbill recording a performance of Wild oats by John O’Keeffe (1747-1833) and Cross purposes by William O’Brien (d. 1815), on 19 July 1803 at Dalby Theatre, the private playhouse of Edward Hartopp (1758-1808) 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. Edward Hartopp, his son, Mr. Bilsborrow, and two of the Misses Hamilton are listed as performers.

  • TitleDalby Theatre. Tuesday July 19th, 1803. Wild oats … : after which Cross purposes …
  • Production[Melton Mowbray] : Clementson, printer, Melton, [1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 767 P69b D213 803

Acquired June 2016