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Roderic the Goth!; or, the Vision of the Cavern and The Shipwreck of the Medusa; or, the Fatal Raft

Playbill
1820 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Playbill advertising Roderic the Goth!; or, the Vision of the Cavern and The Shipwreck of the Medusa; or, the Fatal Raft, Royal Coburg Theatre (Old Vic) , 19 June 1820.

Roderic the Goth! by W. Moncrieff is described as 'The Adventures of Don Roderic, the last King of the Goths'. Moncrieff is also the author of 'a New Marine Melo-Drama of Interest', The Shipwreck of the Medusa 'founded on a recent French Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal'. The playbill also includes a statement by the theatre proprietors, explaining that the popularity of The Shipwreck of the Medusa has led them to continue it as an afterpiece for a few more nights, instead of the previously advertised new pieces by Moncrieff. There is a reference to Géricault's painting, The Raft of the Medusa, then being exhibited at the Egyptian Hall in Pall Mall and drawing the crowds. The audiences at the Coburg would have included many who had viewed the painting and were keen to see a dramatisation in which 'the deplorable state of the surviving Crew of that Vessel on the Raft... is so pathetically and correctly delineated'.


Object details

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Object type
TitleRoderic the Goth!; or, the Vision of the Cavern and The Shipwreck of the Medusa; or, the Fatal Raft (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Printed paper
Brief description
Playbill advertising Roderic the Goth!; or, the Vision of the Cavern and The Shipwreck of the Medusa; or, the Fatal Raft, Royal Coburg Theatre (Old Vic), London, 19 June 1820
Physical description
Letterpress playbill advertising Roderic the Goth!; or, the Vision of the Cavern and The Shipwreck of the Medusa; or, the Fatal Raft, Royal Coburg Theatre, 19 June 1820. The playbill gives the casts for both plays and lists the scenes of Roderic the Goth! Beneath the date is a statement by the theatre proprietors, explaining that the popularity of The Shipwreck of the Medusa has led them to continue it as an afterpiece, instead of the previously advertised new pieces by Mr Moncrieff.

Dimensions
  • Playbill height: 37.5cm
  • Playbill width: 23.5cm
  • Mount height: 44cm
  • Mount width: 30cm
Marks and inscriptions
Transliteration
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Summary
Playbill advertising Roderic the Goth!; or, the Vision of the Cavern and The Shipwreck of the Medusa; or, the Fatal Raft, Royal Coburg Theatre (Old Vic) , 19 June 1820.

Roderic the Goth! by W. Moncrieff is described as 'The Adventures of Don Roderic, the last King of the Goths'. Moncrieff is also the author of 'a New Marine Melo-Drama of Interest', The Shipwreck of the Medusa 'founded on a recent French Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal'. The playbill also includes a statement by the theatre proprietors, explaining that the popularity of The Shipwreck of the Medusa has led them to continue it as an afterpiece for a few more nights, instead of the previously advertised new pieces by Moncrieff. There is a reference to Géricault's painting, The Raft of the Medusa, then being exhibited at the Egyptian Hall in Pall Mall and drawing the crowds. The audiences at the Coburg would have included many who had viewed the painting and were keen to see a dramatisation in which 'the deplorable state of the surviving Crew of that Vessel on the Raft... is so pathetically and correctly delineated'.
Collection
Accession number
S.335-2016

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Record createdJuly 5, 2016
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