- 1839 (Creation)
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Purchased from Motley Books, dealer in ephemera relating to the history and art of entertainment, Stockbridge, Hampshire in December 2007.
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Two playbills for a short season arranged and managed by Mr Mears, each headed
Langford, Printer, Croydon, March 6 and March 27 1839.
a) March 6 1839. Under the Immediate Patronage of The Professional Gentlemen of Croydon and its vicinity.
Love in a Village; Tom Noddys Secret
The list of players quotes which London theatres the actors come from, and includes Mr Mears of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Size 45x18cms; fine apart from a tear in lower part which would disappear if laid down.
b) March 27 1839 Last Night. For the Benefit of Mr Mears. First and Only Appearance of Miss Mears. Double page playbill, the first page listing the many distinguished singers and actors who appear to support Mr Mears .their powerful aid during his short season.. The second page lists the plays and entertainments: Dream at Sea; Petticoat Colonel, Or Venus in Arms; Blue Jackets or Her Majestys Service. Dances and songs interspersed. Size 37 x 37cms., some very faint dust-soiling, otherwise in remarkably good condition.