COMPLETE TITLE: Dissertations on Theatrical Subjects, As they have several Times been delivered to the Public, (With General Approbation) by Mr. Cibber. With An Appendix, which contains several Matters, relative to the Stage, not yet made Public, and in which the Laws, relative to the Theatres, are considered.
Printed for the Author, and are to be had of Mr. Griffiths (the Publisher); and also of Mr. Cibber.
The appendix includes the Epistle from Mr. Theophilus Cibber, to David Garrick, Esq. of 1755 (see).
With this texts and the Epistle, Cibber wanted to criticize the monopoly of licensed theaters and carried out a violent attack, both on a professional and personal level, on Garrick, who was at the time the manager of the Drury Lane. In the same year, Arthur Murphy published anonymously a satire titled The Spouter in which Cibber appears as Squint-eyed Pistol the actor jealous of the success of others in which Cibber's two texts, presented as "Pistol's challenge to the actors", are parodied.
The Epistle and the Dissertations were published together in the following editions:
- Cibber's Two Dissertations on the Theatres. With an Appendix, in Three Parts, London, Printed for the Author, and are to be had of Mr. Griffiths (the Publisher), [1756?] (see).
- Theophilus Cibber, to David Garrick, Esq; With Dissertations on Theatrical Subjects, London, Printed for W. Reeves and J. Phipps, 1759 (see).