The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: April 9

WILLIAMSBURG, April 9, 1772.
On Tuesday next, being the 14th Instant, A new Comedy, called FALSE DELICACY, By the author of A Word to the Wise. It may not be improper to give Notice that the Theatre in Williamsburg will be closed at the End of the April Court, the American Company's Engagements calling them to the Northward, from whence, it is probable, they will not return for several Years.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) April 9, 1772

About this entry:

"False Delicacy" was the first play written by journalist Hugh Kelly, 1739-1777. It premiered at Drury Lane January 23, 1768 and starred David Garrick. It was a sentimental play, "totally void of character" (remarked Dr. Johnson), but it was extremely successful. The American Company left Williamsburg sometime before September 1 when they opened in Annapolis. They did not return to Williamsburg.

Sources: DNB "Kelly, Hugh"; Rankin, Colonial Theatre vol 2.

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