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THE TAILORS ...
The tailors; a tragedy for warm weather, in three acts. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket.
London: printed by T. Sherlock, for T. Cadell, 1778.
vi, [2], 47, [1] p. ; 20.2 cm. (8° in 4s)

First edition of this anonymous burlesque, sometimes erroneously attributed to Samuel Foote and adapted for printing by George Colman. The prologue is by David Garrick. Publisher's advertisements for two forthcoming plays by Foote on p. [vii] and for a further four "Just Published" on the final page. The play, a treatment in heroic blank verse of recent wage disturbances between master tailors and journeymen, was first performed on 2 July 1767, with Foote in the leading role after the anonymous manuscript was sent to him by Dodsley for consideration. At a revival performance by William Dowton on 15 August 1805 at the Haymarket, thousands of London tailors staged a riot both inside and outside the theatre in protest at this satire on their craft, overwhelming the special constables who had been stationed after threats were received by the theatre manager; a troop of Life Guards was called, sixteen prisoners were taken and the rest dispersed. See D.E. Baker, Biographia dramatica (London 1812), vol. 3, pp. 315--317. ESTC t45460; Goldsmiths' 11759.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title. Bound (2) after Pietro Metastasio, Artaxerxes, 1763 (q.v.)

Binding Late C18th sprinkled quarter sheep, gilt-ruled spine, blue paper boards, red morocco spine-label reading 'Plays'.

Reference Number 1508


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