Miss O’Neill and Mr Abbott being engaged for twelve nights, will make their first appearance here these two years, this present evening, Monday, July 20, 1818, when will be performed Otway’s tragedy of Venice Preserv’d.

  • (Theatre Royal, Edinburgh)
  • [Edinburgh]: n. pr. 1818


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Small broadside playbill (215 x 275mm). Slightly marked and chipped around the edges, one or two fox-spots, but very well-preserved.


A broadside advertisement for the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, then on Princes Street. The primary advertisement is for Otway's Venice Preserv'd, starring the Irish actress Elizabeth O'Neill, with the farce Raising the Wind appended. Below it are listed upcoming performances, the last-mentioned being Romeo and Juliet with O'Neill as Juliet. Shakespeare plays made frequent appearances at the Theatre Royal, with the open space around the theatre being known as Shakespeare Square.
O'Neill had first performed in Edinburgh in 1815, causing much uproar as residents vied for seats; evidently the demand was still high by the time of this visit, with a substantial note at the top of this sheet requesting 'Gentlemen quitting the theatre previous to the termination of the Performances, and receiving Checks for their re-admission' not to 'give their Checks to those persons who hover about and infest the Doors of the Theatre, for the purpose of begging them'.

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