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Title:Harlequin and the Dragon of Wantley
Description:Scene from the Pantomime of Harlequin and the Dragon of Wantley at Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Theatre:Sadler's Wells
Source:The Illustrated London News, Jan 12, 1850, p. 28
Review:The Illustrated London News, Jan 12, 1850, p. 28

SADLER'S WELLS.

The scene selected by the artist from the pantomime of "Harlequin and the Dragon of Wantley," at this theatre is that in which the voracious Dragon gobbles up a child just as the Baron of Wantley is sitting down to his family dinner. After satisfying the immediate cravings of his inordinate appetite with the best of the Baron's viands, he finishes with carrying off the Baron's daughter, whom, as a delicate morsel, he reserves for a future repast. In this intention; however, the Dragon is disappointed; for Moore of Moore-hall, being in love with the young lady, pursues the spoiler, and, in a pugilistic encounter, gives him a blow that proves a complete "settler."  Then, of course, as nothing else remains to be done, everybody is transformed, and the usual pantomimic tricks and bustle ensue.

This is a scene of genuine pantomime: the grotesqueness of the masks is as legitimate as any five-act play.

 

The Illustrated London News, Jan 12, 1850, p. 27

 

 

The Illustrated London News, Jan 12, 1850, p. 28

 



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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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