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The Castle of Andalusia A Comic Opera, in Three Acts   By:

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[Illustration: CASTLE OF ANDALUSIA PEDRILLO OH! YOU MOST BEAUTIFUL GODDESS. ACT II. SCENE I. PAINTED BY SINGLETON. PUBLISH'D BY LONGMAN & CO. ENGRAVED BY C. WARREN. 1807.]

THE CASTLE OF ANDALUSIA;

A COMIC OPERA, IN THREE ACTS;

By JOHN O'KEEFFE, Esq.

AS PERFORMED AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.

PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERS FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.

WITH REMARKS BY MRS. INCHBALD.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER ROW.

EDINBURGH: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co.

REMARKS.

A reader must be acquainted with O'Keeffe on the stage to admire him in the closet. Yet he is entitled to more praise, in being the original author of a certain species of drama, made up of whim and frolic than numberless retailers of wit and sentiment with whom that class of readers are charmed, who are not in the habit of detecting plagiarism.

From Operas, since the Beggar's Opera, little has been required by the town except music and broad humour. The first delights the elegant, the second the inelegant part of an audience; by which means all parties are gratified.

Had O'Keeffe written less, his reputation would have stood higher with the public; and so would that of many an author beside himself: but when a man makes writing his only profession industry, and prudent forecast for the morrow, will often stimulate him to produce, with heavy heart, that composition which his own judgment condemns. Yet is he compelled to bear the critic's censure, as one whom vanity has incited to send forth crude thoughts with his entire good will, and perfect security as to the high value they will have with the world.

Let it be known to the world, that more than half the authors who come before them thus apparently bold and self approved, are perhaps sinking under the shame of their puerile works, and discerning in them more faults, from closer attention and laudable timidity, than the most severe of their censurers can point out.

These observations might be some apology for this Opera, if it required any. But it has pleased so well in representation, that its deserts as an exhibition are acknowledged; and if in reading there should appear something of too much intricacy in the plot, or of improbability in the events, the author must be supposed to have seen those faults himself; though want of time, or, most likely, greater reliance upon the power of music than upon his own labour, impelled him gladly to spare the one, in reverence to the other.

The songs have great comic effect on the stage; particularly those by some of the male characters: and the mistakes which arise from the impositions of Spado are highly risible.

As the reader, to form a just judgment on "The Castle of Andalusia," should see it acted; so the auditor, to be equally just, must read it.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

DON FERNANDO Mr. Johnstone. SPADO Mr. Munden. PEDRILLO Mr. Fawcett. DON CÆSAR Mr. Townsend. DON SCIPIO Mr. Emery. PHILIPPO Mr. King. RAPINO Mr. Abbot. CALVETTE Mr. Atkins. VASQUEZ Mr. Klanert. DON JUAN Mr. Davenport. DON ALPHONSO Mr. Braham.

VICTORIA Mrs. Atkins. CATILINA Mrs. Mills. ISABELLA Mrs. Powell. LORENZA Signora Storace.

BANDITTI, SERVANTS, &c.

SCENE, Spain.

THE CASTLE OF ANDALUSIA.

ACT THE FIRST.

SCENE I.

A Cavern with winding Stairs, and recesses cut in the Rock; a large Lamp hanging in the Centre; a Table, Wine, Fruits, &c. in disorder. At the Head DON CÆSAR; on each Side SPADO, SANGUINO, RAPINO, and others of the Banditti... Continue reading book >>




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