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Cibber

Colley . 1671--1757, English actor and dramatist; poet laureate (1730--57)
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This year we had the experienced mezzo Catherine Wyn-Rogers, a veteran of the operatic stage, who nevertheless seemed to be offering some of the vocal simplicity allied to dramatic intensity that Handel's Mrs Cibber must have provided, especially in "He was despised".
What is clear from the foregoing, and from numerous other commentators, is that there was a distinct difference between how Garrick performed and how Mrs Cibber and Quin did.
The implication of the Cibber case went even further, however, in suggesting affinities between the law and the theatre.
31) For examples of discourse emphasising the role of nature see Colley Cibber, An Apology for his Life (London, 1740), p.
Indeed, Cibber refused it for his theatre and the famous actor Quin declined to play MacHeath.
Yet, if initially the interest in the intimate details of other people's lives stemmed from the religious motivation of searching models of perfection, it became soon secularised, which can be exemplified by An apology for the life of Colley Cibber published in 1740.
They took this view either because, like John Dryden, they round Shakespeare's "excellencies" in "the more manly passions" or because, like Colley Cibber, they believed that the use of boy actors made representing subtleties of female character impossible or because, like William Richardson, they thought that the playwright was reflecting the social inferiority of women in his day.
At times it seems that directors regard all early modern dramatists except Shakespeare as interchangeable, treating them as Colley Cibber treated Shakespeare when he filled his 1699 Richard III with good bits from currently unperformed plays.
Although his assaults could well be perceived as a bitter revenge of a jealous scribbler, especially since he vents his anger only on successful thriving authors like Colley Cibber and Richardson (who was being praised even from the pulpit)--I believe he aimed higher than that.
MURIEL PARSONS, Berkshire chairman, Campaign for an Independent Britain, Stamford House, Calcot Park, Reading, Berkshire RG31 7RN (website: cibber kshire@yahoo.