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RESTORATION IN 1660 TO 1830.
IN TEN VOLUMES.
Ει δε τι παρωπται, η ουκ ακ ιβως ανειληπται, μηδεις ημας γραφετα μεμψεως,
εννοών ως πεπλανημένην ιστορι αν συνελεξαμεν.. -Evagrius, p. 473.
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N. B. For Corrections and Additions see vol. 10 p. 246.
ABBREVIATIONS IN INDEX.
T. R. for Theatre Royal.
A SHORT ACCOUNT
THE STAGE PREVIOUSLY TO 1660.
The first dramatic exhibitions were on religious subjects, they were acted by persons connected with the Church.
Geoffrey was invited to preside over the school at St. Alban's; but he not coming in time, another person was appointed to the situation, and Geoffrey in consequence read lectures at Dunstable. During the time he was there, he made a play on the story of St. Katharine: for the purpose of exhibiting it, he borrowed certain copes from the Abbey of St. Alban. On the night after the play, his house was burnt, with his books and the aforesaid copes. Geoffrey, not knowing how to make Heaven and St. Alban amends for this loss, thought the best way would be to turn monk, which he did at St. Alban's: in 1119 he became Abbot. (Matthew Paris.) The play was acted several years before, and seems to have been the first ever acted in England.