London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
AMATEUR COMPANY OF THE GUILD OF LITERATURE AND ART. On Wednesday ... July 2nd, 1851, the Amateur Company ... will have the honour of performing, for the fourth time, a new comedy ... by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton ... called Not So Bad As We Seem ... The performance to conclude with (for the third time) an Original Farce ... by Mr. Charles Dickens and Mr. Mark Lemon, entitled Mr. Nightingale's Diary. London: W.S. Johnson, .
Broadsheet (274 x 143mm). (Fold marks, rather creased and with a few nicks.)
Dickens took the part of Lord Wilmot in Bulwer Lytton's comedy, while Wilkie Collins played Smart, Lord Wilmot's valet. Mr. Nightingale's Diary had first been performed on 16 May, 1851. The cast of only six were Dudley Costello, Dickens, Augustus Egg, Mark Lemon, Collins, Miss Fanny Young and Mrs. Coe. The proceeds were to aid indigent artists and authors. Coe. Cf. Eckel pp. 164-165.
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