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faithful subject, Don Cæsar de Bazan, Governor of Granada.
Long live the King! Long live the King! Long live the King!
Let peace be joined to bless his happy reign.
DISPOSITION OF THE CHARACTERS AT THE FALL OF THE CURTAIN.
MARITANA. DON CESAR.
EDITED BY EPES SARGENT.
IN THREE ACTS.
BY GEORGE COLMAN THE YOUNGER.
WITH THE STAGE BUSINESS, CAST OF CHARACTERS, COSTUMES, RELATIVE POSITIONS, &c.
BERFORD & CO., No. 2 ASTOR HOUSE.
THIS play was quite unsuccessful on its first representation, which took place at Covent Garden in 1796. The author attributed its failure to the apathy and inattention of John Philip Kemble, who is said to have walked through the part of Sir Edward Mortimer without an effort to impart to it that tragic effect, of which it is undoubtedly capable. By way of revenging himself upon the actor, Mr. Colman wrote a vituperative and sarcastic preface, in which he gave full expression to his discontent; but he lived to repent this hasty ebullition of bad temper, and tried to suppress the edition of his play, which contained it—an effort which he found rather difficult to accomplish.
It seems to be admitted that Kemble did not come up to his usual standard of excellence in his performance of Sir Edward. He was indisposed at the time, and perhaps did not enter into the spirit of the character with sufficient promptitude of appreciation. But what probably contributed more than his inefficiency to the bad reception of the play, was the immoderate length of the part of the garrulous old man, Adam Winterton, which even the congenial talents of Dodd could not save from becoming wearisome. This fault has since been rectified.
The play was originally produced, with appropriate music, by Stephen Storace, a composer, who had been educated in the reformed Italian school at the close of the last century, and whose models of style were the works of Pacini, Sacchini, and Paesiello. He possessed a strong and capacious mind, was well versed in literature, aud, like Mozart, was, when a boy, distinguished for his powers of calculation. Sheridan is said to have once remarked of Storace, that had he been bred to the law he must have become Lord Chancellor. His health was