Autore Downes, John
Titolo Roscius Anglicanus, or An Historical Review of the Stage
Luogo di Pubblicazione London
Anno 1708
Editore H. Playford
Edizione I
Numero di Pagine in-8, 52
Paese di Pubblicazione GBR
Lingua di Pubblicazione ENG
Note

TITOLO COMPLETO: Roscius Anglicanus, or, An historical Review of the Stage: After it had been Suppres'd by means of the late Unhappy Civil War, begun in 1641, till the Time of King Charles the IIs. Restoration in May 1660. Giving an Account of its Rise again; of the Time and Places the Governours of both the Companies first Erected their Theatres. The Names of the Principal Actors and Actresses, who Perform'd in the Chiefest Plays in each House. With the Names of the most taking Plays, and Modern Poets. For the space of 46 Years, and during the Reign of Three Kings, and part of our present Sovereign Lady Queen Anne, from 1660, to 1706.

Il testo, basato sulle esperienze e conoscenze personali dell'autore, prompter e membro di diverse compagnie teatrali fra 1661 e 1706, è un resoconto dei repertori, interpreti, rappresentazioni del teatro della Restaurazione, con note relative alla fortuna dei testi messi in scena e occasionali commenti in merito all'interpretazione degli attori. Sebbene l'accuratezza di Downes sia a volte discutibile e il suo stile risulti talvolta oscuro, il suo testo costituisce la fonte principale sul teatro della Restaurazione, fornendo informazioni preziose, soprattutto in merito alla pratica teatrale.

EDIZIONI SUCCESSIVE:
Roscius Anglicanus, or, An historical Review of the Stage: After it had been Suppres'd by means of the late Unhappy Civil War, begun in 1641, till the Time of King Charles the IIs. Restoration in May 1660. Giving an Account of its Rise again; of the Time and Places the Governours of both the Companies first Erected their Theatres. The Names of the Principal Actors and Actresses, who Perform'd in the Chiefest Plays in each House. With the Names of the most taking Plays, and Modern Poets. For the space of 46 Years, and during the Reign of Three Kings, and part of our present Sovereign Lady Queen Anne, from 1660, to 1706. With Additions, by the Late Mr. Thomas Davies, Author of The Life of Garrick, and Dramatic Miscellanies, London, Printed for the Editor, and sold at no. 62, Great Wild-Street, near Lincoln's-Inn-Fields; by Mess. Egerton, Whitehall; Mess. Cox and Phillipson, James-Street Covent-Garden; R. Ryan, No. 351, Oxford-Street; H.D. Symonds, No. 20. Pater-Noster-Row; and W. Richardson, under the Royal-Exchange, 1789. Testo della prima edizione con aggiunte di Thomas Davies, edito da F.G. Waldron.

Roscius Anglicanus, or, An historical Review of the Stage from 1660 to 1706. By John Downes, London, J.W. Jarvis & Son, 1886. Ristampa anastatica dell'ed. del 1708 con prefazione di Joseph Knight. Contiene anche A Declaration of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the appeasing and quietting of all unlawfull Tumults and Insurrections in the severall Counties of England, and Dominion of Wales ... Also an Ordinance of both Houses, for the suppressing of Stage-Playes (1642).
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EDIZIONI RECENTI:
Ristampe della prima edizione:
- Roscius Anglicanus by John Downes. Edited by The Rev. Montague Summers, London, The Fortune Press, [1928-1929]. Edizione limitata a 650 copie; le note contenute in essa estendono il testo a 286 pagine. Ristampa: New York, B. Blom, 1968. Entrambe le edizioni comprendono A Satyr on the Players, breve poemetto stampato per la prima volta da manoscritto.
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- Roscius Anglicanus (1708). Introduction by John Loftis, Augustan Reprint Society, Publication no. 134, Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, 1969.
- Historia Histrionica: an Historical Account of the English-Stage, by James Wright. Roscius Anglicanus; or, An historical review of the Stage, by John Downes. With a pref. for the Garland ed. by Arthur Freeman, New York, Garland Pub., 1974. Oltre alla prima edizione del Roscius Anglicanus comprende la ristampa della prima edizione del 1699 dell'Historia Histrionica di James Wright (vedi).
- Roscius Anglicanus. Edited by Judith Milhous and Robert D. Hume, London, Society for Theatre Research, 1987.


 

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