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THE   ADELPHI   THEATRE   CALENDAR
A Record of Dramatic Performances at a Leading Victorian Theatre

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Title:Harlequin Blue Beard; or, The Fairy of the Silver Crescent
Description:A scene from Harlequin Blue Beard; or, The Fairy of the Silver Crescent by Edward Stirling, choreography by Frederick Frampton and composed by William Kearns.
1st Performance:Dec 26, 1843
Theatre:Adelphi
Source:The Illustrated London News, Dec 30, 1843, p. 424
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Review:The Illustrated London News, Dec 30, 1843, p. 424

ADELPHI.

The pantomime at this ever zealous house is indebted for its subject to a story familiar to most of our earliest recollections, and therefore can be simply dismissed, sans ceremonie (with the exception of some politesse due to the new adaptation), as the great Blue Beard, who has enlisted the attention of the nursery for some scores of years.  But first let us do justice to the play-bill, which contains the following curiosities of literature: "characters in the poem"  (!)  Blue Beard, a great Jack Daw, in love with the soft sexes  (!!)  If the author of the poem meant "hard-hearted and soft-headed" as he subsequently alludes to, all right and good---we have no objection to his subdivisional classification, but really, on a prima facie view of the matter, it is rather puzzling to comprehend.

We fear that the day of pantomime (which our friend Hood would call the Dey of Al-giers!), has nearly reached its evening's close.  Dexterity now holds the place once occupied by Humour, and Wonder usurps

"The heart's best throne--Delight!"



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