The Relapse, or, Virtue in Danger


  1. ^ See Faller.
  2. ^ See reviews of Trevor Nunn's 2001 production by Michael Coveney in the Daily Mail and Michael Billington in the Guardian, each of which makes this point.
  3. ^ Dobrée.
  4. ^ Some of the "seductions" and counter-seductions of actors have been reconstructed by modern scholars, notably Judith Milhous, from the records of the Lord Chamberlain's office and from Colley Cibber's autobiography An Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber (1740). However, actors were obscure people of low status at this time. This is especially true of the actors remaining at the Patent Company after all the stars had decamped to Betterton's cooperative company; except for Cibber, their birth dates are unknown and there is no portrait in existence of any of them. John Vanbrugh, later a famous architect, was likewise an obscure young man in 1696. Some of the motives of these all but unrecorded people remain irrecoverable; for example, there is no obvious reason why William Penkethman, a popular clown and funnyman, well liked by his peers, who played Vanbrugh's Lory the pert valet, should have stayed with Rich and the Patent Company.
  5. ^ A Comparison Between the Two Stages, 1702, quoted in Milhous, 82.
  6. ^ The London Stage I, 470.
  7. ^ The anonymous The Laureat (1740), quoted in Biographical Dictionary of Actors.
  8. ^ 1748, quoted in Biographical Dictionary of Actors.
  9. ^ A Short Vindication of The Relapse and The Provok'd Wife From Immorality and Profaneness (1698), reprinted in Dobrée, Works.
  10. ^ Unless otherwise indicated, the information in this paragraph comes from Harris xxvi.
  11. ^ "Cyril Ritchard biography site". Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  12. ^ John Russell Taylor, review in Plays and Players.
  13. ^ Sheridan Morley, "Company Pride", July 28, 2001, review in The Spectator.
  14. ^ Kelly Huffman, review of Seattle premiere, December 2005; Robert Hurwitt, review of San Francisco performance, July 2006, San Francisco Chronicle.

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