24 February 2024 / Occasional Essays

A French Premiere in London

A new piece for our Occasional Essays series:

On 16 February 1719, playgoers at the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket witnessed an event which is probably unique in the annals of Anglo-French theatre history: the premiere of a comedy performed, in French, by a company of French actors: Arlequin Balourd

This latest addition to our series of Occasional Essays is written by Robert Kenny, who received STR Research Grants towards his work on the actor-manager François Moylin, known as Francisque, who also played the Arlequin of the title.

Read his article here

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