John Rich

Standard Name: Rich, John


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Friends, Associates Mary Latter
ML formed a friendship and patronage relation with John Rich , licensee of Covent Garden , when he made a visit to Reading, on which occasion he lent her five guineas within half an hour...
Literary Setting Ann Thicknesse
An introduction explains that this book, although called a novel, will not deal in pathetic tales of love, marvellous prodigies, or even . . . elegant flights of fancy, but only plain simple facts...
Material Conditions of Writing Mary Latter
While staying with John Rich in London (for the second time) in 1761, ML not only studied stagecraft to benefit her own writing, but was kept busy doing writing jobs he suggested. Aware of her...
Publishing Mary Latter
Rich had accepted the play for Covent Garden and encouraged ML to train further as a dramatist. She here ascribes good intentions to Rich, but sharp practice to the present Managers, their Adherents, and Dependants...
Publishing Frances Brooke
FB 's Virginia a Tragedy, with Odes, Pastorals, and Translations appeared in print. David Garrick and John Rich had rejected this tragedy for the stage.
The play had been in competition with one of the...
Publishing Eliza Haywood
EH worked on this during summer 1720. The title-page said 1721, and bore her name.
Spedding, Patrick. A Bibliography of Eliza Haywood. Pickering and Chatto.
Gerrard, Christine. Aaron Hill: The Muses’ Projector 1685-1750. Oxford University Press.
Whicher, George Frisbie. The Life and Romances of Mrs. Eliza Haywood. Columbia University Press.
The work is a translation, or more precisely a paraphrase, from the French of Edmé Boursault
Publishing Mary Latter
ML published at London with her name A Miscellaneous Poetical Essay (again arranged in three parts), for which John Rich had gathered her a hundred subscribers.
English Short Title Catalogue.
Latter, Mary. The Siege of Jerusalem, by Titus Vespasian. C. Bathurst.
Textual Production Mary Latter
This play by ML is distantly related to Tasso 's Gerusalemme liberata (as is The Siege of Jerusalem by Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore , which was privately printed in 1774). An early draft...
Textual Production Eliza Haywood
Haywood was asked by John Rich at the beginning of this year to new modelHurst 's play, which had never been performed. She was reluctant, feeling that adaptors are always criticised and never praised...
Textual Production Mary Latter
Three months after the death of John Rich , licensee of Covent Garden Theatre , ML finally lost hope of staging of her blank-verse tragedy The Siege of Jerusalem, by Titus Vespasian.
Travel Mary Latter
Theatre manager John Rich enabled ML to make a ten-week visit to London, staying at his house near Covent Garden Theatre . She was back there again for a second, shorter visit at the...


9 October 1701: Richard Steele signed an agreement with John...

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9 October 1701

Richard Steele signed an agreement with John Rich for the production of his comedy The Funeral.

: John Vanbrugh signed an agreement with Owen...

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John Vanbrugh signed an agreement with Owen Swiny , appointing Swiny to manage the Queen's Theatre, Haymarket .

18 December 1714: A new theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (built...

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18 December 1714

A new theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (built by Christopher Rich ) opened under his son, John .

7 December 1732: John Rich opened a new theatre in Covent...

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7 December 1732

John Rich opened a new theatre in Covent Garden , the Theatre Royal, and moved his farces and pantomimes there from the other Theatre Royal in Drury Lane .

26 November 1761: John Rich, holder of the licence for Covent...

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26 November 1761

John Rich , holder of the licence for Covent Garden Theatre , died; his widow, Priscilla (who had been a performer before her marriage), took nominal control of the theatre.


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