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Playbill of Every Man in His Humour, 1848

every man in his humour playbill

Charles Dickens played a major role in the purchase for the nation of Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon in 1847, and continued to raise funds so that a perpetual curatorship could be established. On May 17 1848, in aid of the Fund for the Endowment of a Perpetual Curatorship of Shakespeare’s House, the novelist stage managed an amateur production of Ben Johnson’s Every Man in his Humour at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with himself as Captain Bobadil, joined by his friends, including George Cruikshank, the illustrator, and Mark Lemon, editor of Punch, in the role of Brainworm.

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