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Title:Harlequin and Humpty Dumptry
Description:Scene from Harlequin and Humpty Dumptry at the Drury-Lane.
Theatre:Drury Lane
Source:The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1858, p. 513
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Review:The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1850, pp. 513-514

DRURY-LANE.

This theatre re-opened for its brief holiday season on Thursday with the "Winter's Tale;" Miss Vandenhoff performing Hermione, and Mr. Anderson Leontes.  The pantomime, in which the lessee has, we believe, been assisted by Mr. Fitzball, is entitled "Harlequin Humpty Dumpty; or, Big-bellied Ben and the First Lord Mayor of London."  The hero was a rebel in the days of King Richard—one who, on his Monarch’s departure for the Holy Land, set up for an outlaw, and thus earned melodramatic distinction.  He was a cormorant, also; of whom it is recorded, that

He swallowed a cow and a calf,
A butcher and a half;
A church, the steeple,
And all the people;

and also levied blackmail on the citizens of Old London; running off, among other things, with the "Fayre Maide of the Chepe"--or, rather, in the pantomime, attempts to do so, for the monster is prevented by her father’s apprentice, who ultimately defeats him and a weird crone, his prompter and assistant, and cuts up the giant, as a memento of the King’s return from the crusades.  The pantomime proper then succeeds, which is arranged by Mr. Nelson Lee.  The whole is picturesque and costly.

We have engraved a scene in which the hero figures in grotesque rotundity.



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Originally published by Greenwood Press as The Sans Pareil Theatre 1806-1819, Adelphi Theatre 1819-1850: An Index to Authors, Titles, Performers, 1988, and The Adelphi Theatre 1850-1900: An Index to Authors, Titles, Performers and Management, 1992.
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