1768.020: Playbill, June 8, 1768.

Published: 1768

Full Title: Mr. Charlton: The Miser. 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 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. Only known copy is held in the special collections of the Rockefeller Library at Colonial Williamsburg; full-title here taken from advertising notice in the Purdie & Dixon Gazette. 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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