1829] · [London
Charles Somerset's popular play, starring Charles Kemble as the Bard, with Maria Lacy as Queen Elizabeth — advertised here in only its third performance, following its debut on 29 October. The stage sets and "new scenery," including Shakespeare's house, the Globe Theatre, and the audience chamber in the palace, are listed and, in a few words each, described.
In addition to the piece about Shakespeare's youth, the company was also acting Romeo and Juliet, with => Fanny Kemble portraying Juliet in "her 14th appearance on any stage," and The First of May and The Robber's Wife were additionally on the bill. As issued; lightly age-toned and creased, and slightly unevenly trimmed with header shaved. Short tear from margin touching four lines of text, without loss; "Garden" portion of header chipped. => Interesting documentation of the 19th-century English theatre world's engagement with Shakespeare, and of the Kemble family's progress. (Inventory #: 37055)