Fourth Night, This Season, of St Ronan’s Well. This present Evening, Thursday November 25. 1824, Will be performed the Play in Three Acts, called, St. Ronan’s Well. After which will be revived, for the First Time these Ten Years, the Farce of Animal Magnetism.

  • (Theatre Royal, Edinburgh) (Walter Scott)
  • [Edinburgh]: [s.n.] 1824


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Small broadside playbill (215 x 275mm). Sometime mounted in a volume and since removed. Backing sheet a little chipped to gutter edge.


A broadside advertisement for the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, then on Princes Street. The headline advertisement is for J. Robinson Planche's adaptation of Scott's novel, which reached the London stage on the 19th of January 1824 - some three weeks following publication of the novel - and first performed at Edinburgh's Theatre Royal on 5th July that year. A Mr Mackay must have made an impression in his performance as publican Meg Dodds, since his delivery of 'the Address in the Character of Meg Dodds, Which was last Season attended with so much Applause' is highlighted following the cast list. Scott adaptations were good business for the Theatre Royal in the winter of 1824: the upcoming performances to the base of the playbill advertise a revival of an adaptation of 1818's Heart of Midlothian the following night, before St Ronan's Well returns to the stage again that Saturday. The only interloper is a revival of Elizabeth Inchbald's 1788 farce Animal Magnetism, satirising medical hypnosis and lecherous medical men alike.

Location & Opening Times

3a & 4a Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AE

Opening Hours

Open seven days a week, 11am - 5pm

On Thursdays late night opening until 8pm