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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 58, April 30-May 2, 1855

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Identifier: DX03852731

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 58, April 30-May 2, 1855

Description: Describes attending an amateur theater performance by London architects at Miss Kelly's theater.

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for two hours, procuring also a bottle of ale, and sandwiches. (He [Harry Price] has an extreme appetite, since his bodily sickness, when he scarcely ate at all.) We went up the river, Price, and the boatman (who told me he had been at Greytown just subsequently to its bombardment,) rowing. The river looked pretty and tranquil, many swans being on it. Arrived within a mile of Richmond, after Harry had been, with difficulty, prevented from taking a bathe, at a spot where we stopped for beer, we turned back. To town in cab again, Harry talking incessantly, and sometimes affectingly, till my head ached, and he, leaning beside me fell asleep, continuing so till we reached his residence, at 9 o’clock. I stayed an hour or so, had a bit of talk with his mother, and then left.

May

1. Tuesday. Within doors, drawing. Wrote to Chacombe.

2. Wednesday. In the evening to Miss Kelly’s little theatre in Dean Street Soho, Will Waud having sent me a ticket, and intimation of the performance being an amateur one, the male players being, mostly, young architects. Smallfield was there, [Arthur] Allom, his son and daughter [Amy Allom], and many fellows from London offices. The first piece, [Dion] Bourcicault’s “Love in a Maze” was excellently done, the amateurs, (with one exception, who’s praise must be somewhat modified,) acquitting themselves to the fill as well as professionals. One Dudley, who did the fopling lord was especially good, and became a favourite. Waud, I saw, was a “steward” appearing in white kid gloves, and finding place for the ladies. The

coverage:London, England, 8 Newman Street; Oxford Street West

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1855-04-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Theater
Architects
Boats and boating

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