Spalding Amateur Dramatic Society
Volume 2, 3 and 4 in fine leather binding
Three volumes of printed Victorian plays performed by Spalding Amateur Dramatic Society in Lincolnshire. There was once a fourth volume (volume one) which is now lost.
The plays clearly belonged to George Kingston as some of his roles are underlined and many of the photographs show a young man of about the right age. George Peter Kingston (1855-1912) was born in Ipswich in 1855 and in 1881 he was living in Spalding, working as an auctioneer, and living with his uncle Samuel Kingston, an auctioneer. He remained in Spalding for the rest of his life.
Kingston also wrote in the names of the Spalding casts.
As well as the plays there are 4 photographs in volume 3 and 16 photographs in volume 4, handwritten insertions, a list of plays performed by the society between 1866 and 1883, and lists of society members.

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Volume II: (1.) Lady Audley's Secret in Two Acts by C.H. Hazelwood, (2.) My Turn Next a farce by Thomas J. Williams, (3.) Steeple-Chase; or, In the Pigskin a farce in one act by John Maddison Morton, (4.) The Colleen Bawn: or, The Brides of Garryowen a drama in three acts by Dion Boucicault; (5.) The Poor of New York (or The Streets of London) a drama in five acts by Dion Boucicault, (6.) Dreadfully Alarming a farce in one act by Conway Edwardes, (7.) East Lynne a drama in four acts by T.A. Palmer, (8.) The Wife's Dentist a farce in one act by Thomas Egerton Wilks, (9.) A Hundred Thousand Pounds a comedy in three acts by Henry J. Byron, (10.) Retained for the Defence a farce in one act by John Oxenford, (11.) The Octoroon; or, Life in Louisiana by Dion Boucicault (12.) Good for Nothing a comic drama in one act by John B. Buckstone.
Volume III: (13.) Blow for Blow a drama in three acts by Henry J. Byron, (14.) All That Glitters is Not Gold a comic drama in two acts by Thomas and J.M. Morton, (15.) The Boots at the Swan a farce in one act by Charles Selby, (16.) Mrs. White a farce in one act by R.J. Raymond, (17.) New Men and Old Acres a comedy in three acts by Tom Taylor and Augustus W. Dubourg, (18.) Happy Pair a comedietta in one act by S. Theyre Smith, (19.) Family Jars a farce in one act by Joseph Lunn, (19.) Turning the Tables a farce in one act by John Poole, (20.) Easy Shaving a farce in one act by F.C. Burnand and Montagu Williams, (21.) A Model Husband a farce in one act by J.P. Wooler, (22.) The Bells a drama in three acts by Leopold Lewis, (23.) The Lottery Ticket; or, The Lawyer's Clerk a farce in one act by Samuel Beazley, (24.) Box and Cox a romance of real life in one act by John Maddison Morton, (25.) The Goose with the Golden Eggs a farce in one act by Augustus Mayhew and Sutherland Edwards.
Volume IV: (26.) Bowl'd Out or A Bit of Brummagem a farce in one act by H.T. Craven, (27.) The Green Bushes; or, A Hundred Years Ago a drama in three acts by John Baldwin Buckstone, (28.) The Rendezvous a farce in one act by Richard Ayton, (29.) The Shaughraun by Dion Boucucault, (30.) London Assurance a comedy in five acts by Dion Boucicault, (31.) The Two Orphans a drama in six acts by John Oxenford, (32.) The Stoops to Conquer a comedy in three acts by Oliver Goldsmith, (33.) The Orange Girl a drama in three acts by Henry Leslie and Nicholas Rowe, (34.) Withered Leaves a comedietta in one act by Fred W. Broughton, (35.) Peep O'Day; or. Savourneen Deelish a drama in four acts by Edward Falconer, (36.) School for Scandak a comedy in five acts by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, (37.) The Flowers of the Forest: A Gypsy Story a drama in three acts by John Baldwin Buckstone.

Spalding Amateur Dramatc Society List of Acting Members and Repertoire from 1866 to 1883
Names of the President, Vice President, Stage Manager, Acting Manager, Committee, Secretaries, Acting Members Gentleman, Acting Ladies, The Society's Repertoire of Plays and the years performed, Prologues by Dr. Morris.


 








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