Last week, I shared photographs of some of the historic props at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. One additional artifact in their collection is this account report for the stage prop expensesÂ incurredÂ during three shows at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1716.
The text, as best as I can decipher, reads:
Wednesday, County Wake
- paid for Ballad, 3 pence
- for Blood, 2 pence
Thursday, The Rover
- The use of A Great Picture, 2 shilling and 6 pence
- paid the Carriage to the house & back, 6 pence
- For A Quarter of A pound of CountersÂ by Order of Mr. Wilks, 1 shilling
Friday, King Lear
- For A Truss of Straw, 1 shilling
- Lightning, 6 pence
- For Blood, 2 pence
- For Switches, 2 pence
The final total for the three days of performances is 6 shilling and 3 pence.
The bill is signed by the three managers of the theatre, Robert Wilks, Colley Cibber and Barton Booth (no relation to Edwin and John Wilkes). There is additional text added in pencil that reads, “June 1st 1716 Thurmond’s Benfit.”
A few months ago, I posted a magazine article which listed a tongue-and-cheek imagining of some of the props stored backstage at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1709.