Previous Title: Drama on the World Stage
This collection encompasses the major collection of non-Shakespearean prompt books from the Folger Library. Covered here are a broad range of plays from many periods and by a great number of writers, from contemporary copies of Jacobean works to the plays of Ibsen and Boucicault.
The earliest prompt book in the collection is a 1608 edition of Middleton's A Tricke to Catch the Old One, with textual corrections and stage directions in a contemporary hand. Other 17th century copies include Fletcher's Wit Without Money (1639) and John Ford's The Lover's Melancholy from the Blackfriars performance of 1629.
The Caroline stage is represented by copies such as James Shirley's The Sister (1652), which is annotated with the names of the actors in Killigrew's Company and was later used by Charles Booth for a production at Covent Garden.
The Restoration Stage is documented in contemporary copies of Congreve's The Mourning Bride and Farquhar's The Twin Rivals, both produced in 1703. Also included is a 1768 book of Dryden's All for Love, and the prompt books of Garrick's production of Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife. The most famous restoration tragedy, Thomas Otway's Venice Perserved, appears here in a prompt book from 1811.
From the English Victorian stage, prompt books of Samuel Phelps, W.C. Macready and Charles Kean are included. Later 19th-century plays include a major collection of early Ibsen prompt books, formed by Henry Jewett, and including Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House and The Wild Duck.
The collection is accompanied by a guide giving detailed descriptions of the material, along with indexes of performers and theaters.