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Chances For The Drama

The royal patent, by which the performance of the regular drama was

restricted to certain theatres, does not appear to have fostered this

class of writing. Dr. Johnson forced Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer

into the theatre. Tobin died regretting that he could not succeed in

hearing the Honeymoon performed. Lillo produced George Barnwell

(an admirably written play) at an irregular theatre, after it had been

rejected by the holders of the patents. Douglas was cast on Home's

hands. Fielding was introduced as a dramatist at an unlicensed house;

and one of Mrs. Inchbald's popular comedies had lain two years

neglected, when, by a trifling accident, she was able to obtain the

manager's approval.

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