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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

314                        MEMOIRS 01? JOSEPH GffilMAXDI.

the pantomime of the season. The rehearsals went off very
"briskly, and the piece, when it was produced, met with the
success which generally attended the production of pantomimes
at that house. Nothing, indeed, could exceed the liberality
displayed "by Mr. Harris in getting up this species of entertain-
ment ; to which circumstance, in a great measure, the almost
uniform success of the pantomimes may he attributed. This
spirit was not confined to the stage and its appointments, "but
was also extended in an unusual degree to the actors. Every
suggestion was readily listened to, and as readily acted upon,
if it appeared at all reasonable: every article of dress was pro-
vided at the expense of the management; the principal actors
were allowed a pint of wine each, every night the pantomime
was played, and on the eveniug of its first representation they
were invited to a handsome dinner at the Piazza Coffee-house,
whither they all repaired directly the rehearsal was over. At
these dinners Parley took the chair, while Brandon acted as
vice; and there is no doubt that they materially contributed to
the success of the pantomimes. There can be no better means
of securing the hearty good-will and co-operation of the parties
employed in undertakings of this or any other description than,
treating them in a spirit of generosity and courtesy.

In this pantomime Grrimaldi played a part with the very*
pantomimic name of " Grimgribber;" and that sustained by
his son was expressively described in the bills as " "Whirligig."
It ran until nearly the following Easter, when a new melodrama
by Earley appeared, called "The Vision of the Sun; or, the
Orphan of Peru."

In this piece, which came out on the 23rd of March, 1823,
(rrimaldi played a prominent character; but even during the
earlier nights of its very successful representation, he could
scarcely struggle through his part. His frame was weak and
debilitated, his joints stiff, and his muscles relaxed; every
effort he made was followed by cramps and spasms of the mostf Ckiwa