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 (sĭb′ər), Colley 1671-1757.
English playwright and theatrical manager who wrote comedies such as The Careless Husband (1704) and was appointed poet laureate in 1730. He was ridiculed by the great writers of the time, including Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson.
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(Biography) Colley (ˈkɒlɪ). 1671–1757, English actor and dramatist; poet laureate (1730–57)
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(ˈsɪb ər)
Colley, 1671–1757, English actor and dramatist: poet laureate 1730–57.
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As we must perceive, that after the nicest strokes of a Shakespear or a Jonson, of a Wycherly or an Otway, some touches of nature will escape the reader, which the judicious action of a Garrick, of a Cibber, or a Clive,[*] can convey to him; so, on the real stage, the character shows himself in a stronger and bolder light than he can be described.
Which London theatre was managed by Colley Cibber, David Garrick and Richard Brinsley Sheridan?
Norton and Henley also acted as individual patrons of a number of authors, and Norton's patronage was reflected in dedications to him by various dramatists, including Thomas Southerne (1660-1746) and Colley Cibber (1671-1757).
One area where this is especially evident is within the theatrical depictions of women; indeed, in 1662, following his restoration to the English throne, King Charles II issued a letters patent instructing that women would henceforth play female roles so that they may be "useful and instructive representations of humane life, to such of our good subjects as shall resort to see the same" (Cibber 1888, lix).
Cibber's 1730 ballad opera Patie and Peggy includes most of the same tunes, and incorporates Ramsay's original song texts.
She was a celebrated if controversial actress, Susannah Cibber, a fine but untrained singer, unable to read music but perfectly equipped to express the dramatic demands of her arias.
Shortly after his death, those engaged in revising such works as A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain or The Compleat English Tradesman mentioned him, and a brief life and list of his works by Robert Shiels appeared in 1755 as part of the biography of British writers under the name of Theophilus Cibber, but by this time, his fame as an author depended entirely upon the growing reputation of volumes 1 and 2 of the Crusoe series.
Your lucky poet laureate is Colley Cibber (1730-1757).
The famous anecdote about Dr Delany's response to Mrs Cibber's singing is plausible, but it would have been useful to remind the reader that at the time of Handel's Dublin performances, Delaney had not yet married Mary Granville/Pendarves.
Part Two, "Afterlives," contains chapters that examine the performance of these boy characters in productions and adaptations of Shakespeare from Colley Cibber to Julie Taymor.
(5) Colley Cibber's adaptation was still in common use during this period, and his depiction of the two princes as vulnerable innocents reflected an ongoing desire within nineteenth-century culture to draw boundaries around childhood and preserve its privileged status as a time of almost god-like purity.
She focuses on the comedian Colley Cibber, his cross-dressing daughter Charlotte Charke, the preacher-turned-novelist Laurence Sterne, the actor David Garrick, his protegee George Anne Bellamy, and the actress, poet, and royal courtesan Mary Robinson.