1) The matter of determining to which production the prologue and epilogue belonged, however, is more complex than Bancroft suggests; and whether they did indeed belong to the 1664 production is far from certain.
Both the prologue and epilogue spoken by Marshall exist among the compilation for the all-female revival of Philaster by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher in June 1672.
This would explain some of the inconsistencies in the epilogues
Other court epilogues are physically interactive; they force the monarch to enter their semi-fiction by presenting him or her with a gift.
5) For epilogues as generally the preserve of first performances only, see Stern, 81-119.
Comedies were to teach a moral, though the moral was given only in the prologues and epilogues
New, at least to me, is Danchin's observation that Masonic prologues and epilogues became common in the 1720s; and even more interesting, he relates the development of English pantomime and ballad opera to performances given in theatrical booths set up at the two annual Paris fairs which, after 1710, were obliged to abandon speech.
What are the conditions under which one writer contributed prologues or epilogues for another?
were rarely written after the 18th century.
3) Tiffany Stern, studying the speeches in printed dramas that would have been performed in London on the stages of the commercial theatres, suggests that prologues and epilogues were a 'temporary form' that convey 'just how local and detailed the critiques [of plays] could be'.
I hope to show that prologues and epilogues of this amateur dramatist are as significant as those addressed by Bruster and Weimann, Stern, and Schneider; the Arbury plays feature 'enunciations' as complex as those made by plays of the professional theatre.
That Betty Goodfield, a character that fits into the same line, should have been given to her seems only logical, and the possibility that this was so is strengthened by an allusion in the Epilogue
to Thomas Durfey's Madam Fickle (1676).