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A List of Planché's Theatrical Works


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    Note about List
    316 (Year 1819)
    317 (Year 1820)
    318 (Year 1822)
    319 (Year 1824)
    320 (Year 1827)
    321 (Year 1829)
    322 (Year 1831)
    323 (Year 1833)
    324 (Year 1836)
    325 (Year 1838)
    326 (Year 1842)
    327 (Year 1845)
    328 (Year 1848)
    329 (Year 1850)
    330 (Year 1854)
    331 (Author's Note, 1879)

NOTE ABOUT LIST:  This list appears at the end of Volume Five of The Extravaganzas of J. R. Planché.  It has been carefully reproduced from the 1879 source, down to typos and misspellings, missing punctuation, and the like.  Bracketed notes in the text are to add information not otherwise present or to avoid possible misapprehensions.  Play-bills were not always consistent; slight variations might appear within one season and even from one printing-house.  Play descriptions and subtitles can differ; major differences between this list and other available sources are noted in square brackets, as are the sources of translations and adaptations I have identified.  (This is from my own investigations; Donald Roy also provides identification of sources—some of them different—in his work.)  Page notations are not as they appear on the pages of the original (numerals in the upper, outside corner), but are added to help the reader identify location in the original text.  The original list is arranged with hanging indents; the second line beginning under the third character following the long dash.  (This did not seem feasible to duplicate online.)

The term “burletta,” originally indicating a musical comic play in Italy, came in Britain to be primarily a legal term suggesting a theatrical piece with music, applied to melodrama, burlesque, farce, and almost any other genre a minor theater wished to put on.  Where identification is possible, the type of piece indicated by “burletta” is specified.

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A COMPLETE LIST
OF
THE DRAMATIC PRODUCTIONS
OF
J. R. PLANCHÉ

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    With Mr. Planché’s assistance, the Editors are enabled to furnish the following complete list of his dramatic works, to which are added the dates and places of their productions, a record of which cannot fail to be acceptable to all who take an interesting the history of the stage.  To ensure accuracy, the play-bill of the period has in every instance been referred to.
 
 

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1.---Amoroso, King of Little Britain.  Burlesque, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.  21st April, 1818. [Despite the lack of note, this does not appear to have been published.]

2.---Rodolph, the Wolf ; or, Columbine Red Riding-hood  Speaking Pantomime.  Olympic Theatre, 21st December, 1818.

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3.---The Troubadours; or, Jealousy Outwitted.  Operatic Drama.  Olympic Theatre.  9th February, 1819 (n.p.). [Footnote adds “Signifies not printed.”]

4.---Abudah ; or, The Talisman of Oromanes.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Easter Monday, 13th April, 1819 (n.p.).

5.---The Czar ; or, A Day in the Dockyards.  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Sadler’s Wells, 21st June, 1819 (n.p.). [A translation of Le Bourgmestre de Sardam, ou le prince charpentier by Joseph Mélesville Duveyrier aîné  (Recollections1, 24).]

6.---The Caliph and the Cadi ; or, Rambles in Bagdad.  Burletta, One Act.  16th August, 1819 (n.p.). [No theater specified.  Footnote refers reader to volume one, page 13, where Planché explained the meaning of “burletta,” which was no longer used by 1879.  This piece is described in the Theatrical Inquisitor as “a Musical Interlude” (Sept. 1819, 158).]

7.---Fancy’s Sketch ; or, “Look before you Leap.”  Burletta, Two Acts, Adelphi Theatre.  29th October, 1819 (n.p.).

8.---Odds and Ends ; or, Which is the Manager?  Burletta, One Act.  Adelphi Theatre, 19th November, 1819 (n.p.).

9.---The Vampire ; or, The Bride of the Isles.  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Lyceum Theatre (English Opera House), Strand, 9th August, 1820.  [Translation and adaptation of Charles Nodier’s Le Vampire.  Note that the editors give the full name of the theater at first and then shorten it as it occurs later.  The “English Opera House” was later known as the “Lyceum,” and indeed sometimes was simply termed the “English Opera.”]

10.---A Burletta of Errors ; or, Jupiter and Alcmena.  Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 6th November, 1820 (n.p.).

11.---Who’s to Father Me ?  Burletta, Two Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 13th November, 1820 (n.p.).

12.---The Deuce is in Her ; or, Two Nights at Madrid.  Burletta, Two Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 27th November, 1820 (n.p.).

13.---Zamoski ; or, The Fortress and the Mine.  Melo-
 

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drama, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 11th December, 1820 (n.p.).  [Also advertised as a “romantic melodrama.”]

14.---Dr. Syntax.  Opening of Christmas Pantomime.  Adelphi Theatre, 6th December, 1820.  [This was not printed.  Evidently the editors assumed readers would know pantomimes were never likely to be printed, and so did not feel it necessary to indicate as much.  It almost certainly debuted on the 26th of December, the traditional date for a pantomime.]

15.---Giovanni, the Vampire ; or, “How shall we get Rid of Him?”  Burletta, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 15th January, 1821 (n.p.).  [One of many spin-offs from W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni, also a spoof of vampire tales, then very popular.]

16.---Kenilworth Castle ; or, the Days of Queen Bess.  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 8th February, 1821 (n.p.).  [Adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s novel.]

17.---Lodgings to Let.  Burletta, Two Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 19th February, 1821 (n.p.).

18.---Half-an-hour’s Courtship ; or, La Chambre à Coucher.  Burletta, One Act.  Adelphi Theatre, 27th February, 1821 (n.p.).

19.---Sherwood Forest.  Burletta, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 12 March, 1821 (n.p.).

20.---The Mountain Hut ; or, The Tinker and His Son.  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Sadlers [sic] Wells, 23rd April, 1821 (n.p.).

21.---The Witch of Derncleugh.  Opera, Three Acts.  English Opera House, Lyceum, Strand,  30th July, 1821 (n.p.).

22.---Capers at Canterbury.  Burletta, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 1st October, 1821 (n.p.).

23.---The Corsair’s Bride ; or, The Valley of Mount Etna.  [sic]  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 22nd October, 1821 (n.p.).

24.---Love’s Alarum.  Burletta, Two Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 8th November, 1821 (n.p.).

25.---Le Solitaire ; or, The Unknown of the Mountain.
 

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Melodrama, Three Acts.  Olympic Theatre, 24th November, 1821 (n.p.).

26.---The Pirate.  Operatic Drama, Three Acts.  Olympic Theatre, 14 January, 1822.  [Adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s novel.]

27.---All in the Dark ; or, The Banks of the Elbe.  Musical Drama, Two Acts.  English Opera, Lyceum, Strand, 10th July, 1822.

28.---The Fair Gabrielle.  Operetta [,] One Act.  English Opera, Lyceum, 5th September, 1822.

29.---Ali Pacha.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 19th October, 1822.  [Also ascribed to J. H. Payne.]

30.---Maid Marian ; or, the Huntress of Arlingford.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 3rd December, 1822. [Adapted from several sources.]

31.---Clari ; or, the Maid of Milan.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 8th May, 1823.  [Also ascribed to J. H. Payne.]

32.---I Will have a Wife.  Musical Farce, Two Acts.  English Opera, Lyceum, 7th August, 1823 (n.p.).

33.---Too Curious by Half ; or, Marplot in Spain.  Musical Drama, Two Acts.  English Opera, Lyceum.  27th August, 1823 (n.p.).

34.---Cortez ; or, the Conquest of Mexico.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 5th November, 1823. [Adaptation of old English opera.]

35.---St. Ronan’s Well.  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 19th January, 1824 (n.p.).

36.---Military Tactics.  Interlude, One Act.  English Opera House, 6th July, 1824 (n.p.).

37.---The Frozen Lake.  Opera, Two Acts.  English
 

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Opera House, 3rd September, 1824 (songs only printed).

38.---Der Freischutz.  [sic] Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 14th October, 1824. [A translation of the German libretto.]

39.---The Woman never Vext ; or, The Widow of Cornhill.  Comedy, Five Acts (altered from Rowley).  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 9th November, 1824.

40.---Pageant of the Coronation of Charles 10th of France.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 11th July, 1825.  [This was never printed, simply being a reenactment of the ceremony performed that year in Paris.]

41.---Lilla.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 21st October, 1823 (n.p.).

42.---Jocko ; or, the Brazilian Monkey.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 8th November, 1825.  [A translation of a popular French melodrama by two writers simply identified as “Gabriel et Rochefort” on the title page.  Despite the lack of notice, Planché’s translation was never published.  It is also found advertised as Jocko ; or, The Ape of Brazil.]

43.---Success ; or, a Hit if you Like it.  Allegorical Burlesque, One Act.  Adelphi Theatre, 12th December, 1825. [This was the first revue in English theater; the editors classified it according to the 1825 playbill.]

44.--- Oberon ; or, the Elf King’s Oath.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 12th April, 1826. [Although termed an “opera” by the English of the time, this was truly what its composer, Carl-Maria von Weber, called a singspiel, a melodrama with abundant music but primarily spoken dialogue.]

45.---Returned Killed.  Farce, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 31st October, 1826.

46.---All’s Right ; or, the Old Schoolfellow.  Interlude, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 15th June, 1827 (n.p.).

47.---Pay to My Order ; or, A Chaste Salute.  Vaudeville, One Act.  Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, 9th July, 1827 (songs only).

48.---The Rencontre ; or, Love will find out the Way.
 

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Operatic Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 12th July, 1827 (n.p.).

49.---You Must Be Buried.  Farce, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 11th August, 1827 (n.p.).  [The failure of this farce to be printed may have to do with a scandal.  The death of a prominent public figure just prior to the farce’s opening prompted many to assume the title referred to the death, although it did not.  Outrage was such, however, that the piece was pulled from the program and another substituted.  It was never performed again.]

50.---Paris and London.  Burletta, Three Acts.  Adelphi Theatre, 21st January, 1828.

51.---The Merchant’s Wedding ; or, London Frolics in 1638.  Comedy, Five Acts, altered from Rowley.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 5th February, 1828.

52.---Carron Side ; or, the Fête Champêtre.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 27th May, 1828 (n.p.).

53.---A Daughter to Marry.  Interlude, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 16th June, 1828.

54.---The Green-eyed Monster.  Musical Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 18th August, 1828.

55.---The Mason of Buda.  Burletta, Two Acts. Adelphi Theatre, 21st October, 1828.  [Elsewhere, Planché called this an “operetta.”  It was, in essence, a short melodrama with much music.  Translated and adapted from Eugène Scribe’s Le Maçon.]

56.---Charles XII.; or, the Siege of Stralsund.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 11th December, 1828.

57.---Thierna-na-Oge ; or, the Prince of the Lakes.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Easter Monday, 20th April, 1829 (songs only).

58.---The Partisans ; or, The War of Paris.  Historical Drama, Five Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 21 May, 1829 (n.p.).

59.---Manoeuvering.  Interlude, One Act (with C.
 

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Dance).  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1st July, 1829 (n.p.).  [This appears to be Planché’s first collaboration with Dance.]

60.---Der Vampyr.  Opera, Three Acts.  English Opera House, 25th August, 1829 (songs only).  [A translation of the libretto to Heinrich Märschner’s operatic adaptation of the Nodier drama.  Planché also assisted with the costume and set design.]

61.---The Brigand.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 18th November, 1829.  [A free adaptation of Marie-Emmanuel-Guillaume-Marguerite Théaulon’s Le Bandit.  Various sources describe it as an “operatic drama” or a “Romantic drama.”]

62.---The National Guard ; or, Bride and no Bride.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 4th February, 1830 (n.p.).

63.---The Dragon’s Gift ; or, The Scarf of Flight and the Mirror of Light.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Easter Monday, 12th April, 1830 (n.p.).

64.---Hofer ; or, The Tell of the Tyrol.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 1st May, 1830.

65.---The Jenkinses.  Farce, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 9th December, 1830.

66.---Olympic Revels ; or, Prometheus and Pandora.  Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 3rd January, 1831.  [Again, this shows the imprecision of “burletta.”  It was a burlesque.]

67.---The Romance of a Day.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 3rd February, 1831.

68.---My Great Aunt ; or, Where there’s a Will.  Comedy, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 5th March, 1831.

69.---The Legion of Honour.  Musical Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 16th April, 1831 (n.p.). [Identified by the Age as a translation of Le Centenaire  (17 Apr. 1831, 126).]

70.---A Friend at Court.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 28th June, 1831 (n.p.).

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71.---The Army of the North ; or, The Spaniard’s Secret.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 29th October, 1831 (n.p.).  [Planché terms this piece a “melodrama” in his memoirs.  It was based loosely on events of the Napoleonic Wars.]

72.---The Love Charm ; or, The Village Coquette.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 3rd November, 1831 (songs only).

73.---Olympic Devils ; or, Orpheus and Eurydice.  Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1831.  [Again, this “burletta” was a burlesque.]

74.---The Compact.  Play, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 5th April, 1832 (n.p.).

75.---His First Campaign.  Military Spectacle, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1st October, 1832 (n.p.).

76.---The Paphian Bower ; or Venus and Adonis. Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1832.  [Another burlesque.]

77.---Promotion ; or, A Morning at Versailles in 1750.  Vaudeville.  Olympic Theatre, 18th February, 1833. [This was a one-act interlude, which the editors assumed would obviously be one act.]

78.---Reputation ; or, The Court Secret.  Play, Five Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 4th March, 1833.

79.---The Students of Jena ; or, the Family Concert.  Operetta, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 4th June, 1833 (n.p.).

80.---The Court Masque ; or, Richmond in the Olden Time.  Opera, Two Acts.  Adelphi Theatre (English Opera Company), 9th September, 1833 (songs only).  [In this year, the English Opera company moved into the Adelphi Theatre for the summer season.  See Adelphi Calendar.]

81.---High, Low, Jack, and the Game ; or, The Card Party.  Burlesque Burletta, One Act (with C.

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Dance).  [This terminology may be a spoof—when “burlettas” were not melodramas, they were usually burlesques.]  Olympic Theatre, 30th September, 1833.

82.---Gustavus III.; or, The Masked Ball.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 13th November, 1833. [Another translation (and adaptation, in this case) of a libretto.]

83.---The Deep, Deep Sea ; or, Perseus and Andromeda.  Burlesque Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1833.  [See note to 81.]

84.---The Challenge.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1st April, 1834 (songs only).

85.---Secret Service.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 29th April, 1834.

86.---The Loan of a Lover.  Vaudeville, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 29th September, 1834.

87.---My Friend, the Governor.  Vaudeville, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 29th September, 1834.  [Although he often had more than one piece playing at the same time, this appears to be the only time in Planché’s career he had two pieces debut on the same date.]

88.---The Regent.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 18th October, 1834.

89.--- The Red Mask.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 15th November, 1834 (songs only).  [By T. P. Cooke, based on James Fenimore Cooper’s The Bravo.  Planché also assisted in the staging.]

90.---Telemachus ; or, the Island of Calypso.  Burlesque Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1834.  [See genre note to 81.  An adaptation of a young people’s novella by François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénélon.]

91.---The Court Beauties.  Burletta, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 14th March, 1835.  [This “burletta” was termed a “dramatic sketch” on the bills, as in Lacy’s Acting Edition (1).]

92.---The Travelling Carriage.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 26th October, 1835 (n.p.). [Translation of melodrama by Mélesville and Hestienne, Le Berline de l’émigré.]

93.---The Jewess.  Drama, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 16th November, 1835.  [This was a melodramatic translation of Eugène Scribe’s libretto for La Juive, altered to give a happy ending to the play.  Planché himself detested the revised ending, and published an apology to Scribe with the acting edition.]

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94.---Chevy Chase.  Melodrama, Three Acts. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 3rd March, 1836 (n.p.).  [Adaptation drawn from the folk ballad, Walter Scott’s The Lay of the Last Minstrel, and Thomas Percy’s The Hermit of Warkworth (1771)  (Times, 4 Mar. 1836, N. pag.).]

95.---Court Favour.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Olympic Theatre, 29th September, 1836.

96.---Siege of Corinth.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 8th November, 1836 (songs only).

97.---The Two Figaros.  Comedy Vaudeville, Two Acts.  Olympic Theatre, 30 November, 1836.

98.---Riquet with the Tuft.  Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1836. [This “burletta” was Planché and Dance’s first fairy extravaganza, a translation of an 1811 French work by Antoine-Jean-Baptiste Simonnin’s, Riquet à la houppe; mélo-féerie en deux actes, à grand spectacle, et mélée de couplets, adapted from Charles Perrault.]

99.---A Peculiar Position.  Farce, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 3rd May, 1837.

100.---Norma.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 24th June, 1837.  [Translation of libretto.]

101.---The New Servant.  Vaudeville, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 29th September, 1837 (n.p.).

102.---The Child of the Wreck.  Melodrama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 7th October, 1837.

103.---Caractacus.  Play, Five Acts (altered from Beaumont and Fletcher).  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 6th November, 1837 (n.p.).

104.---Puss in Boots.  Burletta, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1837.  [Planché and Dance’s first original fairy extravaganza; all those to come would be original, also.  Adapted from Charles Perrault.]

105.---The Magic Flute.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 10th March, 1838 (songs only). [A translation of the libretto to W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.]

106.---The Drama’s Levée ; or, A Peep at the Past.  Review.  Olympic Theatre, Easter Monday, 16th April, 1838.  [Note that “burletta” does not appear any more, due to changes in the laws governing theatrical performance; the editors use “review” instead of the French spelling Planché preferred.]

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107.---The Printer’s Devil.  Farce, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 11th October, 1838.

108.---The Queen’s Horse.  Farce, One Act (with M. B. Honan).  Olympic Theatre, 3rd December, 1838.

109.---Blue Beard.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act (with C. Dance).  Olympic Theatre, 2nd January, 1839.  [Adapted from Charles Perrault.]

110.---Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady.  Comedy, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 28th February, 1839.

111.---The Garrick Fever.  Farce, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, Easter Monday, 1st April, 1839.

112.---The Fortunate Isles.  Masque in honour of Her Majesty’s marriage.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 12th February, 1840.

113.---The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.  Fairy Extravaganza, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 20th April, 1840.  [Adapted from Charles Perrault.]

114.---The Spanish Curate.  Comedy, Five Acts (altered from Beaumont and Fletcher).  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 13th October, 1840.

115.---Opening of Christmas Pantomime.  Harlequin and the Giant Helmet ; or, The Castle of Otranto.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 26th December, 1840.  [Again, like other pantomimes, this was never printed.]

116.---The Captain of the Watch.  Comedy, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 25th February, 1841.

117.---The Embassy.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 22nd March, 1841 (n.p.).

118.---Beauty and the Beast.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Easter Monday, 12th April, 1841.  [Adapted from Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.]

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119.---[The]  Marriage of Figaro.  Opera, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 15th March, 1842.  [Translation of libretto to W. A. Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro.]

120.---The White Cat.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Easter Monday, 28th March, 1842.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy.]

121.---The Follies of a Night.  Comedy Vaudeville, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 5th October, 1842.

122.---The Way of the World.  Comedy, Five Acts (altered from Congreve).  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 17th December, 1842 (n.p.).  [Alterations consisted of modifications to make the play acceptable to contemporary sensibilities.]

123.---Fortunio ; or, The Seven Gifted Servants.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 17th April, 1843.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s Belle-belle, ou Le Chevalier Fortuné.]

124.---Who’s Your Friend ? or, the Queensbury Fête.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 22nd August, 1843.

125.---The Fair One with the Golden Locks.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 26th December, 1843.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy.]

126.---Grist to the Mill.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 22nd February, 1844.

127.---The Drama at Home ; or, An Evening with Puff.  Dramatic Review, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Easter Monday, 8th April, 1844.

128.---Somebody Else.  Comedy, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 4th December, 1844.

129.---Graciosa and Percinet.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 26th December, 1844.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s Gracieuse et Percinet.]

130.---The Golden Fleece.  Classical Burlesque, Two Acts.

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Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Easter Monday, 24th March, 1845.  [Planché provided a subtitle, “or, Jason in Colchis and Medea in Corinth.”  The second act is a parody of Euripides’ tragedy.]

131.---A Cabinet Question.  Farce, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 23rd September, 1845.

132.---The Bee and the Orange Tree ; or, The Four Wishes.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 26th December, 1845.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy.]

133.---The Irish Post.  Comic Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 28th February, 1846.  [This is truly a farce, although it was advertised as a “drama.”]

134.---The “ Birds ” of Aristophanes.  Classical Burlesque, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket.  Easter Monday, 18th April, 1846.  [Planché did not consider this a burlesque, but rather a species of extravaganza, although his audience saw little distinction.  It was a loose adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy rather than a strict translation.]

135.---Queen Mary’s Bower.  Comedy, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 10th October, 1846.

136.---Spring Gardens.  Farce, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 15th October, 1846.

137.---Story Telling ; or, Novel Effects.  Farce, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 16th December, 1846, partly acted on 9th December, when W. Farren was seized with illness during the performance (n.p.).  [Hopefully not from the quality of the writing.]

138.---The Invisible Prince.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 26th December, 1846.  [Also bore subtitle, “or, The Island of Tranquil Delights.”  Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s Le Prince Lutin.]

139.---The New Planet ; or, Harlequin out of Place.  Dramatic Review.  5th April, 1847.

140.---The Jacobite.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal.  Haymarket, 12th June, 1847.  [Despite its description, this is a very farcical comedy.]

141.---The Pride of the Market.  Drama, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 18th October, 1847.  [Despite its description, this is a comic melodrama.]

142.---The Golden Branch.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two

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Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 27th December, 1847.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy.]

143.---Not a bad Judge.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 2nd March, 1848.  [Advertised as a “comic drama” by Lacy’s; it is a bloodless crime melodrama with comic relief; one of a handful of detective stories written at the time.]

144.---Theseus and Ariadne.  Classical Burlesque, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, Easter Monday, 25th April, 1848. [Planché provided a subtitle, “or, The Marriage of Bacchus.”]

145.---The King of the Peacocks.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 26th December, 1848.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s La Princesse Rosette.]

146.---A Romantic Idea.  Fantastic Drama, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 8th March, 1849.  [Again advertised by Lacy’s as a “comic drama,” it is spoof of Gothic melodrama.]

147.---Hold your Tongue.  Comedy, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 22nd March, 1849.

148.---The Seven Champions of Christendom.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, Easter Monday, 9th April, 1849.  [Note:  This was in actuality a revue, or “dramatic review,” as the editors term it, which borrowed the imagery of a nursery tale.]

149.---A Lady in Difficulties.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 15th October, 1849.

150.---The Island of Jewels.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 26th December, 1849.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s Le Serpentin vert.]

151.---Fiesco ; or, The Revolt of Genoa.  Historical Play, Five Acts.  Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 4th February, 1850.  [Translated from Friedrich von Schiller.]

152.---Cymon and Iphigenia.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, Easter Monday, 1st April, 1850. [This is not a “fairy” play, but rather an adaptation of a comedy by David Garrick.]

153.---My Heart’s Idol.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 16th October, 1850.

154.---The White Hood.  Drama, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 11th November, 1850 (n.p.).

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155.---The Day of Reckoning.  Melodrama, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 4th December, 1850.  [Translated and adapted from L’Enfant de Paris by Émile Souvestre.]

156.---King Charming ; or, The Blue Bird of Paradise.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 26th December, 1850.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s L’Oiseau bleu.]

157.---The Queen of the Frogs.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, Easter Monday, 21st April, 1851. [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy's L Grenouille bienfaisante.]

158.---The Prince of Happy Land ; or, The Fawn in the Forest.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 26th December, 1851.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s La Belle biche au bois.]

159.---The Mysterious Lady.  Comedy, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 18th October, 1852.

160.---The Good Woman in the Wood.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 27th December, 1852. [Adapted from Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force.]

161.---Mr. Buckstone’s Ascent of Mount Parnassus.  Dramatic Review, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 28th March, 1853.

162.---The Camp at the Olympic.  Dramatic Review, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 17th October, 1853.

163.---Once upon a time there were Two Kings.  Fairy Extravaganza, Two Acts.  Theatre Royal, Lyceum, 26th December, 1853.  [Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy’s La Princesse Carpillon.]

164.---Mr. Buckstone’s Voyage Round [sic] World (in Leicester Square).  Dramatic Review, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Easter Monday, 12th April, 1854.

165.---The Knights of the Round Table.  Comedy, Five Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 20th May, 1854.  [Translation and adaptation of Xavier de Montépin’s Les Chevaliers du Lansquenet.]

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166.---The Yellow Dwarf.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1854.  [Planché’s full title included “and the King of the Gold Mines.”  Adapted from Marie-Catherine le Jumel d’Aulnoy.]

167.---The New Haymarket Spring Meeting.  Dramatic Review, One Act.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, Easter Monday, 9th April, 1855.

168.---The Discreet Princess.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1855.  [Planché also provided the subtitle, “or, the Three Glass Distaffs.”  This was sometimes mistakenly called “Richcraft,” after the name of its comical antagonist.  Adapted from Marie-Jeanne L’Héritier de Villandon.]

169.--- Young and Handsome.  Fairy Extravaganza, One Act.  Olympic Theatre, 26th December, 1856.  [Adapted from Henriette-Julie de Castelau, comtesse de Murat.]

170.--- An Old Offender.  Comic Drama, Two Acts.  Adelphi Theatre 22nd July, 1859.

171.---Love and Fortune.  Lyrical Comedy, One Act.  Princess’s Theatre, 24th September, 1859.  [A "comedy in verse" based on an anonymous French work of 1715, Le Ceinture de Vénus  (Extravaganzas 5, 196).]

172.---My Lord and My Lady.  Comedy, Five Acts.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 12th July, 1861.

173.---Love’s Triumph.  Opera, Three Acts.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 3rd November, 1862.

174.---Orpheus in the Haymarket.  Classical Burlesque.  Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 26th December, 1865.  [Adaptation of Hector Cremieux’s libretto to Jâcques Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers.]

175.---King Christmas.  Masque, One Act.  Gallery of Illustration.  26th December, 1871.

176.---To which may be added the Lyrical portion of Babil and Bijou, Fairy Spectacle, by Dion Boucicault.  Five Acts and a Prologue.  Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 29th August, 1872 (songs only).

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Of the above 176 pieces, I believe I may fairly claim 72 as original, 10 being written in conjunction with Charles

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Dance, and 62 by me exclusively.  The remaining 104 consist of translations and adaptations from the French, Spanish, Italian, and German [,] alterations of early English comedies, or of dramas by modern authors which were confided to me for revision.  The titles of the majority will sufficiently indicate the sources from which they were derived, or the works from which they were adapted.

In conclusion, I cannot allow these volumes to pass from the press without offering my most grateful thanks to each and all of my friends, who, either as promoters, editors, or subscribers, have so kindly assisted in their publication, and thus presented me with a testimonial of their esteem in a form which I feel constitutes one of the highest compliments that can be paid to a living author.

J. R. PLANCHÉ,
                                College of  Arms.

1st October, 1879.

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