[Covent Garden] [Bishop, Henry Rowley. (1787–1856)] [Haydn, Joseph. (1732–1809)]
"'The Lord of the Manor' with some few Alteration to introduce New Songs by Bishop" - Original 1813 Broadside
Original broadside for a Thursday, March 11, 1813 performance at Theatre Royal, Covent Garden of John Burgoyne's opera The Lord of the Manor, presented "with... [a]lteration" to include new songs from Bishop and several other composers. Also in this remarkable performance would be "a New Farce, with Musick" entitled At Home, featuring among other enticements "In act I. a SHAWL DANCE by Miss S. Booth." At the bottom of the program are a series of advertisements for future performances, including "the First Part" of Haydn's The Creation. The bottommost entry would like "those numerous Parties who have been disappointed of Boxes for the New Farce of At Home, the Burletta of Midas, & the Farce of Love, Law & Physick" to know "that those pieces will be repeated together on Monday next." Creases and rough edges, fine tears in middle that do not obscure the text, but overall in fine condition for its age. Approximately 7.5 x 10.25 inches (21.3 x 42.5 cm).
Henry Rowley Bishop was a British Composer, best known for composing "Home! Sweet Home!" and "Lo! Here Comes the Gentle Lark." He composed over 120 dramatic works, including 80 operas, and was knighted in 1842.
Starring as Mr. Raymond in At Home is a Mr. Blanchard, likely William Blanchard (1769–1835), a well-known comedian. Writing in an issue of European Magazine, James Asperne said, "I knew John Kemble in 1779, and he was not then half so promising a performer as William Blanchard appeared to me in 1790. Blanchard had more fire, more nature, and more knowledge of the stage."