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Inverness Theatre Bill advertising the play 'Therese!'
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D313_89
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1850s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
4816
KEYWORDS
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playbills
theatre bills
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tragedies
farces
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dance
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Inverness Theatre Bill advertising the play 'Therese!'

An Inverness Theatre Royal playbill, for Friday 14 June 1850. The evening's entertainment began with the play 'Therese!' and was followed by the 'laughable bagatelle' called 'Box & Cox!'. 'Mrs Bouncer (a neat specimen of a lodging-house keeper)' was played by Mrs Young. The evening was concluded by 'the new screaming farce' called 'Slasher & Clasher!'. 'Mr Christopher Slasher' was played by Mr Clarke and 'Mr Samson Slasher' was played by Mr J. W. Anson.

'Box and Cox', by John Maddison Morton, was one of the most popular farces of the period. It concerned two men who unknowingly rented the same room. One worked by day and the other by night. All went well until Mr Cox the Hatter was given a day off. The expression 'Box and Cox' came to mean 'to take turns'.

Sir Arthur Sullivan's first comic opera, 'Cox and Box', composed in 1867 in collaboration with F. C. Burnand, was based on this play.

The evening performance began at 8pm and seat prices ranged from sixpence in the gallery to two shillings in the boxes. The Latin words 'Vivat Regina', translating as 'Long Live the Queen' are printed at the bottom of the playbill.This referred to Queen Victoria.

It is unclear when the Theatre Royal first opened but evidence suggests that it existed before 1826. In 1849, the theatre moved to Lowe's Rooms on Church Street and thirty-two years later it moved to its final premises on Bank Street. On the morning of Tuesday 17 March 1931, the Theatre Royal was destroyed by fire. Will Fyffe's show had opened the previous night and many of his props, plus the evening's takings, were never recovered


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Inverness Theatre Bill advertising the play 'Therese!'

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1850s

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An Inverness Theatre Royal playbill, for Friday 14 June 1850. The evening's entertainment began with the play 'Therese!' and was followed by the 'laughable bagatelle' called 'Box & Cox!'. 'Mrs Bouncer (a neat specimen of a lodging-house keeper)' was played by Mrs Young. The evening was concluded by 'the new screaming farce' called 'Slasher & Clasher!'. 'Mr Christopher Slasher' was played by Mr Clarke and 'Mr Samson Slasher' was played by Mr J. W. Anson.<br /> <br /> 'Box and Cox', by John Maddison Morton, was one of the most popular farces of the period. It concerned two men who unknowingly rented the same room. One worked by day and the other by night. All went well until Mr Cox the Hatter was given a day off. The expression 'Box and Cox' came to mean 'to take turns'.<br /> <br /> Sir Arthur Sullivan's first comic opera, 'Cox and Box', composed in 1867 in collaboration with F. C. Burnand, was based on this play. <br /> <br /> The evening performance began at 8pm and seat prices ranged from sixpence in the gallery to two shillings in the boxes. The Latin words 'Vivat Regina', translating as 'Long Live the Queen' are printed at the bottom of the playbill.This referred to Queen Victoria.<br /> <br /> It is unclear when the Theatre Royal first opened but evidence suggests that it existed before 1826. In 1849, the theatre moved to Lowe's Rooms on Church Street and thirty-two years later it moved to its final premises on Bank Street. On the morning of Tuesday 17 March 1931, the Theatre Royal was destroyed by fire. Will Fyffe's show had opened the previous night and many of his props, plus the evening's takings, were never recovered <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service