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    Actress in 18th century England

    I'm trying to research a particular actress who performed in the 1770/80's England and having no luck. I'd love to find some archive with playbills but so far I haven't found anything online that goes back far enough. Maybe I'm just Google-challenged... but I would think such theatre history would be *somewhere* online. Any thoughts would be really appreciated.
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    Try Google Books, 18th century newspapers (check your local public and university libraries for access; otherwise see whether you can get a free trial or pay for one month only for something like The Times), your local library for theater history books that aren't online.

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    I tried looking at the British Library site to see what they had as far as digitized collections because I know Library of Congress's collections can sometimes be a godsend for older multimedia. Couldn't find any playbills viewable online, but they have an extensive newspaper archive going back to the 1700s right here. Maybe searching the actress might bring something up for you.

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    There are playbills as part of this collection: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/johnson...itall-bodleian

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    And the British Library does have some older playbills online:
    http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/l...=1512079001291

    (main catalogue>search 'playbills'>select access option 'online')

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyra View Post
    And the British Library does have some older playbills online:
    http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/l...=1512079001291

    (main catalogue>search 'playbills'>select access option 'online')
    Weird... I ran that search and got those results as well, but nothing shows up under "I Want This" or any other way to actually view them that I could see - just the abstract under details. Maybe it's just my browser?
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    Click on I want this>view online> go
    Just checked - it's working :-)
    (Plus I logged out of my account first, so it wasn't because it had my reader's card number)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyra View Post
    There are playbills as part of this collection: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/johnson...itall-bodleian
    I tried this and couldn't find her.

    I'll try the British Library and see what comes up. Thanks!
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    I can understand you might not want to give her name, but if you could give an area - county where active, for example - it may be possible to point you elsewhere. England only? Or Scotland or Wales? People often say 'England' when they mean British Isles.

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    I do mean England. She apparently performed at Drury Lane and Haymarket in the 1770's but that's where I'm running into problems. I'm searching the British Library archives...so far no luck but it's fascinating nonetheless.
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