By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans
These featured in quantity 10 comprise Margaret Martyr, a singer, actress, and dancer whose “conjugal virtues have been frequently impeached,” in accordance with the July 1792 Thespian journal. The Dictionary describes this least consistent of enthusiasts as “of middling top, with a determine well-proportioned for breeches components. [Her] black-haired, black-eyed good looks and transparent soprano made her an immediate well known luck in merry maids and tuneful minxes, the piquant and the pert, for 1 / 4 century.”
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Extra info for A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers and other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800, Volume 10
Following a performance of Hamlet, the ballerina Mme Chateauneuf and the ballet master Denoyer were scheduled for the third timeand for the third time failed to appearto dance in the new pantomime The Fortune Tellers. " The rioters attacked the stage: They made a gang-way out of the pit, with the benches of it, over the orchestra; Macklin got up to the thunder-loft, and ordered the servants of the theatre to make the stage dark, to open the traps, to let loose hell, to roll the thunder, and to flash the lightning; this he did with a stentorophon, which frightened the audience much.
Inevitably, Garrick had to side with the majority of the jobless performers. He tried to appease Fleetwood by offering to cut £100 from his own salary if Macklin could be rehired; Fleetwood refused. Garrick offered to pay Macklin £3 a week; Macklin proudly spurned the offer. Pamphlet warefare ensued. Dr William Barrowby led a mob of Macklin's adherents, who pelted Garrick off the stage. Fleetwood and Garrick quelled a second attempt at intimidation by filling the pit with pugilists armed with clubs.
At first he drew heavy patronage. " He advertised: This Institution is upon the plan of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Modern French and Italian Societies of liberal investigation. Such subjects in Arts, Sciences, Literature, Criticism, Philosophy, History, Politics, and Morality, as shall be found useful and entertaining to society, will there be lectured upon and freely debated; particularly Mr. Macklin intends to lecture upon the Comedy of the Ancients, the use of their masks and flutes, their mimes and pantomimes, and the use and abuse of the Stage.
A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers and other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800, Volume 10 by Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans