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Last night but two of Monsieur Martin and his celebrated lions and other trained animals from the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane : on Tuesday evening, May 15, 1832, will be presented a petite comedy, entitled Honest Thieves. A favourite song by Miss Thompson, and a comic song by Mr Abbey. To conclude with the grand spectacle, on a scale of unequalled magnificence, called Hyder Ali; or, The Lions of Mysore.... The orchestra under the direction of Mr Spray. Hyder Ali Khan, Sultan of Mysore, Mr Florington; Zozamba, Nabob of Bangalore, Mr Hazleton; Sadhusing, his son, Mons. Martin.... A real lion ... two boa constrictors.... Sadhusing ... scrapes acquaintance with a baboon, becomes familiar with a pelican, and forms at intimacy with a kangaroo
Bib ID 6537964
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, sheet]
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Printer Worcester : Tymbs and Deighton, Printers
Description Worcester : Theatre Royal, 1832 
1 broadside ; 44 x 19 cm 

Henri Martin was the first lion tamer of the modern era, who incorporated animals into his stage spectaculars to great effect. In 1831, the play 'Hyder Ali' opened on the London stage, and was noticed in the Gentleman's Magazine: "An oriental spectacle, entitled, Hyder Ali, or the Lions of Mysore, was this evening produced, in which the principal actors were the habitants of the menagerie at Paris, and M. Martin, their keeper, the hero of the drama. The animals that figured on the stage were two elephants, a lion and lioness, a llama, a tiger, a pelican, a few monkeys, &c." (Oct. 17, 1831). Four years later, Martin had taken his show into the provinces, and had perhaps in the meantime added a kangaroo to the 'troupe'. This regional printing, which features Martin's role in Hyder Ali prominently on the bill, seems to be the sole mention of the appearance of a kangaroo on the stage during Martin's production of the play.--Catalogue description from Meridian Rare Books, July 2014.


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At head of title: Theatre-Royal, Worcester. Mr. Bennett, in compliance with the wishes of several families, respectfully announces that the Lions of Mysore will be presented this evening, and on Wednesday and Friday evenings, as the second piece.

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Subjects Theatre Royal (Worcester, England)  |  Playbills -- England -- London.  |  Animals in the performing arts -- England -- Worcester.  |  Advertising -- Circus -- England -- Worcester.  |  Performing arts -- England -- Worcester.  |  Broadsides -- Great Britain.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Martin, Henri, 1793-1882  |  Theatre Royal (Worcester, England)|eissuing body
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Honest thieves

Hyder Ali, or, The lions of Mysore

Hyder Ali

Lions of Mysore

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