“He Couldn’t!” – S. Pepys


Edward Kynaston – by R. Cooper, engraving by R.B. Parkes

Samuel Pepys, 17th Century Theater Critic
The Heiress – William, Duke of Newcastle – Cancelled
She Would If She Could – Sir George Etherege – ★☆☆☆☆

Monday February 1, 1669:

“…by coach to the King’s playhouse, thinking to have seen “The Heyresse,” first acted on Saturday last; but when we come thither, we find no play there; Kinaston, that did act a part therein, in abuse to Sir Charles Sedley, being last night exceedingly beaten with sticks, by two or three that assaulted him, so as he is mightily bruised, and forced to keep his bed. So we to the Duke of York’s playhouse, and there saw “She Would if She Could,”…”

via The Diary of Samuel Pepys

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2 Responses to “He Couldn’t!” – S. Pepys

  1. The Upstager says:

    […] “…after dinner abroad with my wife to the King’s playhouse, and there saw “The Island Princesse,” which I like mighty well, as an excellent play: and here we find Kinaston to be well enough to act again, which he do very well, after his beating by Sir Charles Sedley’s appointment…” […]

  2. […] “…after dinner abroad with my wife to the King’s playhouse, and there saw “The Island Princesse,” which I like mighty well, as an excellent play: and here we find Kinaston to be well enough to act again, which he do very well, after his beating by Sir Charles Sedley’s appointment…” […]

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