1768.019: Performance Handbill, June 8, 1768.
Full Title: Mr. Charlton: by permission of the worshipful the Mayor of Williamsburg at the old theatre near the Capitol, by the Virginia Company of Comedians on Wednesday the 8th instant [June] will be presented a comedy wrote by Mr. Fielding call'd the Miser ... To which will be added, a farce, called The Brave Irishman.
Author: Virginia Company of Comedians
Place Issued: Williamsburg
Issuing Press: Purdie & Dixon
Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 32 x 22 cm. (broadside).
The mayor of Williamsburg was merchant James Cocke (1 Dec. 1767 to 30 Nov. 1768). The Virginia Company of Comedians conducted at least nine performances between April 4 and June 8 of 1768. Each show was advertised in advance, with a promotional handbill for each show printed in advance, and a detailed playbill the issued the day of the performance. Of the nine known performances, promotional handbills for only four of the advertised shows and one show-time playbill have survived. This is one of the surviving imprints; production was uncredited by Hummel, but is assigned here to Purdie & Dixon based on the company's advertising. They advertised all of their performances in the Purdie & Dixon Gazette, but only about half of them in that of William Rind; moreover, these performances were concurrent with the meetings of the General Assembly and the General Court, when Rind's press was producing work for the public-printing concession, making the Purdie & Dixon press the most likely origin.
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