Theatre-Masquerade

History of Entertainment

George the Third’s Birthday Ball, 1783

‘The Carmelite, Laylock, Pea-green, and Pink were the most fashionable colours.’   In the January of 1783, Sarah Maria Adcock also known as Mrs…

Inventory for a play/masque

There’s snow outside and I am sitting at my comfy desk, in my comfy room researching medieval ‘theatre’ – such as it was –…

Pantomime Snobbery

The following piece of criticism appeared in the Monthly Review in 1798:  Blue Beard, or Female Curiosity, a Dramatic Romance, by George Colman, the…

Sarah Maria Adcock

More From The Frail Sisterhood

As a follow-up to my last article ‘The Courtesan Actress and the Press‘ (see below), I discovered a rather biting piece in the Public…

The Courtesan Actress and the Press

For a number of weeks I have been studying and charting the coverage given to the ‘frail sisterhood’ in the gossip rags of 18th…

George the Third’s Birthday Ball, 1783

‘The Carmelite, Laylock, Pea-green, and Pink were the most fashionable colours.’   In the January of 1783, Sarah Maria Adcock also known as Mrs…