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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Dryden, John, 1631-1700.

Sir Martin Mar-all, or the feign’d innocence: a comedy· As it was acted at His Highnesse the Duke of York’s Theatre.
London : printed for H. Herringman, at the sign of the Blew Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange, 1668.

4to., [6], 10, 13-58, 57-70 p.
Text appears continuous despite register and pagination.
Wing (2nd ed., 1994), D2359; MacDonald, H. John Dryden, 71a

Adapted by Dryden from the Duke of Newcastle’s translation of Molière’s "L’étourdi" and Quinault’s "L’amant indiscret".

Corrected reprint, second edition, 1668, reprinted 1669, 78, 91, 97.
No copy of any separate edition in the PL

nix  •  Link

"Of course, he continues lip-syncing and strumming his quiet lute after the true player ceases to make any sounds and exposes himself as a fraud." --

Cyrano, anyone?

Or Singin' in the Rain?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Sir Martin Mar-all, or The Feign'd Innocence, an adaptation of Moliere's L'Etourdi, which was entered on the books of the Stationers' Company as the production of the Duke of Newcastle, was published in 1668. Downes says (Roscius Anglicanus, p. 28) : "The Duke of Newcastle giving Mr. Dryden a bare Translation of it, out of a Comedy of the Famous French Poet Monsieur Moleiro; he Adapted the Part purposely for the Mouth of Mr. Nokes, curiously Polishing the Whole. . . . This and Love in a Tub got the Company more Money than any preceding Comedy." The part of Sir Martin was taken by Nokes ; Harris was Warner; Smith, Sir John Swallow; Young, Lord Dartmouth ; and Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Millicent. Downes makes the further statement that the Dorset Gardens theatre was opened November 9, 1671, with Sir Martin Mar-all "notwithstanding it had been Acted 30 Days before in Lincolns-Inn Fields, and above 4 times at Court." Langbaine and later dramatic historians ascribe this play to Dryden.


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