“Louder!” – S. Pepys


Whitehall in 1669, illustration by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd

Samuel Pepys, 17th Century Theater Critic
The Adventures of Five Hours – Antonio Coello (trans. Sir Samuel Tuke) – ★★★★☆

Monday February 15, 1669:

“…my wife and I to White Hall; and there, by means of Mr. Cooling, did get into the play, the only one we have seen this winter: it was “The Five Hours’ Adventure:” but I sat so far I could not hear well, nor was there any pretty woman that I did see, but my wife, who sat in my Lady Fox’s pew with her. The house very full; and late before done, so that it was past eleven before we got home. But we were well pleased with seeing it…”

via The Diary of Samuel Pepys

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