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The actor-manager

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Pages: 160

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Leonard Merrick

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III A Heheaksal of the drama in which Oliphant was to commence his siege of London had been called for eleven o'clock the following day. He saw Miss King for a few minutes only before he left the house, but received her permission to try to recover her belongings for her. This was a task which the threat of legal proceedings, and a written acknowledgment of the debt, assisted him to accomplish without much difficulty. He conveyed the trunk to Burton Crescent by means of a hansom, and then walked through the muddy streets to the Queen's Theatre. The Queen's had recently been obtained by an actor who was assuming the management of a theatre for the first time. He had been a leading man for about fifteen years now, but the manager of only a few tours. For this production, in which the hero's part was exceedingly strong, he had selected the company with the utmost care and, excepting perhaps the Villain,there wasn't a member of it in whom he had a rival to fear. The stage was dark and draughty. When Oliphant reached it nobody had come but the prompter, who stood by a small table, overlooking the empty orchestra and the auditorium swathed in holland. His hands were plunged in the pockets of his overcoat, and he shivered. He paid small attention to the other's advent, because he was to be described on the playbills as "Assistant Stage-manager," and Oliphant was playing a small part. In the position that he had filled on tour, Oliphant would have joined him at the table: in the position that he filled here, theatrical etiquette forbade it. He walked up and down in the wings, and questioned for the hundredth time if, with such a part as this, Edmund Kean himself could have created an effect. The other subordinates commenced to assemble, and to hang about with him. They...  

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