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

Formerly the Sans Pareil (1806-1819), later the Adelphi (1819-1900)
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Dedicated to
Alfred L. Nelson

19 Jun 1914 - 16 Apr 1993

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
II Timothy 4:6-7 KJV

Acknowledgments

Without the dedication and expertise of our systems analyst, Theodore J. Seward, there would be no Adelphi Calendar. His selfless hours of brilliant labor have produced the Adelphi Calendar in its current form.

The completion of the task was made possible by a dedicated team of theatre historians. Franklin Case and Frank McHugh worked tirelessly as co-general editors, assisting the general editors with the hundreds of problems that arise in a project of this size and complexity. Alfrida Lee, our editor "across the water," assisted us on those innumerable occasions when we needed someone to look after our interests in England. Equally dedicated were Paul Buczkowski and Ambrose Wilbanks, Jr., associate general editors who assisted us on their own time. We express our thanks to Joseph Donohue and James Ellis of The London Stage 1800-1900 project. It was they who began the initial labors ultimately leading to this calendar and who wrote the invaluable "Handbook for Compilers."

The following libraries and museums have assisted us most generously: The Folger, New York Public, Lilly, Westminster Public, British, and, of course, the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Our especial gratitude goes to the late George Nash who was particularly helpful in his role as Curator of the Enthoven Collection.

Four of our colleagues at Eastern Michigan University have supported us morally and financially throughout the years. To Ira Wheatley and the late Donald Drummond, Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, Ronald Collins, Provost of the University, and Gary Keller, former Dean of the Graduate School, our sincerest thanks.

We have been helped by many staff members of University Computing at Eastern Michigan University, especially its past director, E. Leon Daniel, Manuel J. Norman, senior systems programmer, and Bethann L. Welch, senior user consultant.

The American Philosophical Society and the American Council of Learned Societies gave us much-needed financial support in the lean years and made it possible to hire typists and purchase microfilms and other vital supplies.

We express our heartfelt thanks to senior editor Peggy Russo of the Pennsylvania State University at Mont Alto for making an annual pilgrimage to Ypsilanti to assist the general editors with the endless task of checking incoming data. She was assisted in her own research on the 1880s decade by two Penn State students: Ronald L. DeLauter and Jason Weller.

We are indebted to special consultants, Joan Reilly and Patricia Tatspaugh, for extensive assistance in checking details and compiling data.

Throughout the years numerous students, undergraduate and graduate, have worked with us. We are most grateful to those geniuses of the keyboard, Mary Fettes, Sharon Gleason, Jerry Montague, and Melissa Watkins, as we are to: Mary Beth Kukucka, Pietra Abbulone, Nina Bernier, John Grose, Dale Detroit, Francene Harris, Keri Krick, Sandy Mathews, Andrea Shaw, and last, but certainly not least, Scott Harrison, who supplied a final push. To these, and all who supported this project, we offer our heartfelt thanks.

The data entry and checking for the period 1806-1900 and the seasonal chronologies were divided among a team of editors (see next page). These scholars worked unstintingly to produce ninety-nine daily calendars. The results speak for themselves.

The Adelphi Calendar Project: Editors

General Editors: Alfred L. Nelson
Gilbert B. Cross
System Analyst: Theodore J. Seward, Jr.
Co-General Editors: Franklin Case
Frank McHugh
Associate General Editors: Paul Buczkowski
Ambrose Wilbanks, Jr.
Senior Editor: Peggy Russo
Contributing Editors: John Brokaw
Gayle Harris
Thirza Cady
Mary Case
Meredith Klaus
Alicia K. Koger
Alfrida Lee
Special Consultants: Joan Reilly
Patricia Tatspaugh
Director London Stage 1800-1900 Project: Joseph Donohue

Contributing Editors

Years Editor Affiliation
1806-1810 John Brokaw University of Texas, Austin
1810-1815 Frank McHugh Eastern Michigan University
1815-1820 Franklin Case Eastern Michigan University
1820-1825 Alfred Nelson
Gilbert Cross
Eastern Michigan University
1825-1830 Alfrida Lee King Edward's Camp Hill School for Girls, England
1830-1840 Alicia Kae Koger University of Oklahoma
1840-1845 Mary Case
Franklin Case
Eastern Michigan University
1845-1850 Gayle Harris Library of Congress, Washington DC
1850-1860 Alicia Kae Koger University of Oklahoma
1860-1870 Alfrida Lee King Edward's Camp Hill School for Girls, England
1870-1880 Frank McHugh
Gilbert Cross
Eastern Michigan University
1880-1890 Peggy Russo Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto
1890-1895 Meredith Klaus Eastern Michigan University
1895-1900 Thirza Cady University of Michigan

Symbols Used in the Calendar: Repositories and Publications

BL British Library
BrSt British Stage and Literary Cabinet
Cornell Cornell University Library
CtY Yale University Library
DFo Folger Shakespeare Library
HTC Harvard Theatre Collection
ISD Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News
ISN Illustrated Sporting News
Lilly Lilly Library, Indiana University
LTM London Theatre Museum
NjP Princeton University
NN New York Public Library
OxD Oxberry's Dramatic Biography
STD Stage Directory
Scr Winston scrapbooks (LTM)
Th Ob Theatrical Observer
Th Theatre
Times The London Times
TxU Texas University Library
und Undetermined
unk Unknown
WLS J. Peter Wearing, London Stage 1890-1900 et seq .
WPL Westminster Public Library

Abbreviations Used In This Work

General Information from Sources

am Morning
d During
dw During the week
e Every
eday Every day
eeve Every evening or night
eve Evening or night
feve Following evening
feves Following evenings
mat Matinee or morning or afternoon
p Performance
pm Afternoon or evening
rep Repeated, repetition
TR Theatre Royal
ufn Until further notice
und Undetermined, undesignated
unk Unknown
w Week
we Week ending
x Except

Production Credits

(Add a final "s" to make the plural of any term)

acc Accompanist, accompanied (by)
adpt Adapter, adapted (by)
arr Arranger, arranged (by)
asst Assistant, assisted (by)
au Author, written (by), words (by)
chor Choreographer, choreographed (by)
comp Composer, composed (by), music (by)
const Constructor, constructed (by)
cont Contriver, contrived (by)
dec Decorator, decorations (by)
des Designer, design (by), designed (by)
dir Director, directed (by), superintended (by)
eng Engineer, engineered (by)
exe Executer, executed (by)
furn Furnisher, furnished (by), supplied (by)
inv Inventor, invented (by)
lib Librettist, libretto (by)
mach Machinist, machinery (by)
mgr Manager, managed (by)
perf Performer, performed (by)
prod Producer, produced (by)
prop Properties
prov Provider, provided (by)
trans Translator, translated (by)

Commentary on Performers

(Often following ordinal numbers, abbreviated 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)

ever On any stage, making debut
grat gratis, appearing at no charge
here In this theatre
Lond In London, in this city
part This role, character, etc.
perm By permission of, courtesy of.
time Appearance, performance, etc.

Source Designations

adv Advertisement
ann Announcement
bill Playbill
col Collection
hb Handbill
ind Indulgence slip, aegrotat
ms Manuscript
pos Poster
pr Printed
priv Private
prog Program
pub Published
rv Review
pb Promptbook
ts Typescript
und Undetermined
unk Unknown

Time Notations

(Usually followed by "p" or act or scene ref.)

a After
b Before
d During

Parts in Piece

(Spell out "act", "scene", "part")

epil Epilogue
prol Prologue
tabl Tableau

Table of Special Abbreviations
(Alphabetical list)

a After
acc Accompanist
adpt Adapter
adv Advertisement
am Morning
ann Announcement
arr Arranger
asst Assistant
au Author
b Before
bill Playbill
chor Choreographer
col Collection
comp Composer
const Constructor
cont Contriver
d During
dec Decorator
des Designer
dir Director
dw During the week
e Every
eday Every day
eeve Every evening
eng Engineer
epil Epilogue
eve Evening
ever On any stage
exc Executer
F Friday
f Following
feve Following evening
feves Following evenings
furn Furnisher
grat Kindly appearing
hb Handbill
here In this theatre
ind Indulgence slip
inv Inventor
L Last performance
lib Librettist
Lond. London
M Monday
mach Machinist
mat Matinee
mgr Manager
ms Manuscript
N Next performance
p Performance
part This role
pb Promptbook
perf Performer
perm By permission of
pm Afternoon, evening
pos Poster
pr Printed
priv Private
prod Producer
prog Program
prol Prologue
prop Properties
prov Provider
pub Published
R Reference performance
rep Repeated, repetition
rv Review
S Saturday
Su Sunday
T Tuesday
tabl Tableau
Th Thursday
time Appearance
TR Theatre Royal
trans Translator
ts Typescript
ufn Until further notice
und Undetermined, undesignated
unk Unknown
W Wednesday
w Week
we Week ending
x Except

Dramatic Genres and Their Abbreviations
(Alphabetized by full name)

bao Ballad opera
b Ballet
bo Ballet opera
bp Ballet pantomime
bq Burlesque
ba Burletta
cad Canine drama
ca Comedietta
c Comedy
cd Comic drama
ce Comic entertainment
ci Comic interlude
co Comic opera
coa Comic operetta
cp Comic pantomime
cr Comic romance
csk Comic sketch
csp Comic spectacle
di Divertissement
d Drama
df Dramatic farce
do Dramatic opera
dpl Dramatic pastoral
dp Dramatic poem
dr Dramatic romance
dsk Dramatic sketch
du Duologue
en Entertainment
eqd Equestrian drama
eqs Equestrian spectacle
e Extravaganza
f Farce
fa Farcetta
fc Farcical comedy
hd Historical drama
hr Historical romance
i Interlude
ld Lyric drama
msq Masque
m Melodrama
mon Monologue
mb Musical burlesque
mca Musical comedietta
mc Musical comedy
md Musical drama
men Musical entertainment
me Musical extravaganza
mf Musical farce
mi Musical interlude
mm Musical monologue
mur Musical romance
msk Musical sketch
o Opera
ob Operatic ballet
od Operatic drama
oen Operatic entertainment
oe Operatic extravaganza
of Operatic farce
op Operatic pantomime
or Operatic romance
oa Operetta
ora Oratorio
pg Pageant
p Pantomime
pb Pantomimic ballet
pc Pantomimic comedy
pf Pantomimic farce
pr Pantomimic romance
psk Pantomimic sketch
pl Pastoral
plo Pastoral opera
pd Poetic drama
pre Prelude
re Revue (or review)
r Romance
rba Romantic burletta
rc Romantic comedy
rcd Romantic comic drama
rd Romantic drama
ro Romantic opera
rsp Romantic spectacle
s Satire
sk Sketch
sp Spectacle
spc Spectacular
spd Spectacular drama
tv Tableau vivant
t Tragedy
tf Tragic farce
tc Tragicomedy
v Vaudeville

Dramatic Genres and Their Abbreviations
(Alphabetized by abbreviations)

b Ballet
ba Burletta
bao Ballad opera
bo Ballet opera
bp Ballet pantomime
bq Burlesque
c Comedy
ca Comedietta
cad Canine drama
cd Comic drama
ce Comic entertainment
ci Comic interlude
co Comic opera
coa Comic operetta
cp Comic pantomime
cr Comic romance
csk Comic sketch
csp Comic spectacle
d Drama
df Dramatic farce
di Divertissement
do Dramatic opera
dp Dramatic poem
dpl Dramatic pastoral
dr Dramatic romance
dsk Dramatic sketch
du Duologue
e Extravaganza
en Entertainment
eqd Equestrian drama
eqs Equestrian spectacle
f Farce
fa Farcetta
fc Farcical comedy
hd Historical drama
hr Historical romance
i Interlude
ld Lyric drama
m Melodrama
mb Musical burlesque
mc Musical comedy
mca Musical comedietta
md Musical drama
me Musical extravaganza
men Musical entertainment
mf Musical farce
mi Musical interlude
mm Musical monologue
mon Monologue
mur Musical romance
msk Musical sketch
msq Masque
o Opera
oa Operetta
ob Operatic ballet
od Operatic drama
oe Operatic extravaganza
oen Operatic entertainment
of Operatic farce
op Operatic pantomime
or Operatic romance
ora Oratorio
p Pantomime
pb Pantomimic ballet
pc Pantomimic comedy
pd Poetic drama
pf Pantomimic farce
pg Pageant
pl Pastoral
plo Pastoral opera
pr Pantomimic romance
pre Prelude
psk Pantomimic sketch
r Romance
rba Romantic burletta
rc Romantic comedy
rcd Romantic comic drama
rd Romantic drama
re Revue (or review)
ro Romantic opera
rsp Romantic spectacle
s Satire
sk Sketch
sp Spectacle
spc Spectacular
spd Spectacular drama
t Tragedy
tc Tragicomedy
tf Tragic farce
tv Tableau vivant
v Vaudeville


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Copyright © 1988, 1992, 2013 by Alfred L. Nelson, Gilbert B. Cross, Joseph Donohue.
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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The Adelphi Theatre Calendar revised, reconstructed and amplified.  Copyright © 2013, by Alfred L. Nelson, Gilbert B. Cross, Joseph Donohue.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, with the exception of graphics from The Clip Art Book, edited by Gerard Quinn and published by Crescent in 1990.  These images are reproduced in accord with the publisher’s note, which states "The Clip Art Book is a new compilation of illustrations that are in the public domain.  The individual illustrations are copyright free and may be reproduced without permission or payment.  However, the selection of illustrations and their layout is the copyright of the publisher, so that one page or more may not be photocopied or reproduced without first contacting the publishers."