Skip to main content
3EEMOJDRS OF JOSEPH GBIMAiDI.
and himself, for he continued to arrange the minor dances and
processions, and his arrangements were repeatedly very warmly
commended by Mr. D'Egville.
Anew grand ballet, called "Terpsichore," was produced by
the latter gentleman immediately after his joining the company,
in which Grimaldi performed Pan, which he always considered
a capital character, and one of the best he ever had to play.
The ballet was got up to bring forward Madame Parisot,* who
was engaged for the season, for one thousand guineas. It was
thoroughly rehearsed, at least fourteen times before the night of
performance; was very favourably received, and had a good
He was not a little surprised, on Saturday the 26th of October,
when he went as usual to the treasury to draw his salary, to
hear that thenceforth the extra two pounds would not be paid.
Mr. Peake admitted that he was also very much surprised and
annoyed at the circumstance, again producing Mr. Graham's
letter, and candidly acknowledging, that in his opinion this
uncalled-for attempt to rescind the contract, which was none of
* The management of Drury Lane, in their desire of novelty, had engaged M.
Joubert, and Mademoiselle Parisot, from the King's Theatre for the season.
On October 24, it was underlined in the bill of the day, that she would appear
for the first time, on that stage, on Monday, the 38th, in a new ballet, composed
by M. D'Egville, entitled " Terpsichore's Return;" it was, however, " owing
to the indisposition of a principal performer," deferred a few days—till Novem-
ber 1. In this ballet, Grimaldi had a great part, that of Pan, in which he fell
in love with Terpsichore, who, after favouring his pretensions, jilted him 5 this
allowed Joe full latitude of display, and the applause the ballet obtained had
never been exceeded on the production of any drama or piece in that, or any
other theatre. The ballet was performed the fifth time, on Saturday, November
9, on which night Grimaldi quitted the theatre, and never afterwards was within
its walls. " Terpsichore's Betnrn" was performed a sixth time, on Monday,
November 25, and Pan was personated by George D'Egville, a pantomimist,
and brother to James D'Egville, the ballet-master. George D'Egville had per-
formed with great eeZaithe part of Caliban, at the Eaymarket, in a similar
ballet, derived from Shakspeare's "Tempest," and as his engagement was
possibly on the tapis for Drury Lane, (Pan apparently having been designed for
him,) Joe fancying that two suns could not shine in the same sphere, broke the
terms of his engagement, and left the course clear to Ms successor.