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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Mustapha," performed in 1665 at the Duke's Company playhouse, co-starring Thomas Betterton and Mary Saunderson Betterton [whom Samuel Pepys called "Ianthe"]. The 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica said this was among several of the rhymed-verse tragedies by Orrery that were "of some literary but no dramatic merit." Pepys reported it "not good" which "made Betterton’s part and Ianthe’s but ordinary too, so that we were not contented with it at all."

CGS  •  Link

Four new plays ... [electronic resource] / written by ... the Earl of Orrery
Uniform title: Plays. Selections
by Orrery, Roger Boyle, Earl of, 1621-1679
at Adelaide u/ S.Au for subscribers only?

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Edition alluded to by SP on August 10 1667:

Orrery, Roger Boyle, Earl of, 1621-1679.
The history of Henry the Fifth. And The tragedy of Mustapha, son of Solyman the Magnificent. As they were acted at his Highness, the Duke of York’s Theatre. Written by the right honourable, the Earl of Orrery.
London : printed by T[homas]. N[ewcomb]. for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Blew Anchor in the lower walk of the New Exchange, 1677.

fo. [2], 118 p. ;
In verse. "The tragedy of Mustapha, the son of Solyman the Magnificent." has separate dated title page on leaf O1r.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), O483

No copy of any work by Orrery, Roger Boyle, in the Pepsyan Library.

jenny  •  Link


As I am a member of staff at a university I have access to many online works through our library. I have access to the full version of Mustapha but, unfortunately, I am unable to upload even part of it, due to copyright restrictions.

So, just a teaser, I'm sorry.

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The history of Henry the Fifth ; and, The tragedy of Mustapha, son of Solyman the Magnificent as they were acted at His Highness the Duke of York's Theater / written by the Right Honourable the Earl of Orrery.
Orrery, Roger Boyle, Earl of, 1621-1679., Orrery, Roger Boyle, Earl of, 1621-1679. Mustapha, the son of Solyman the Magnificent.
London: Printed for H. Herringman ..., 1668.
Early English Books Online

Scube  •  Link

Interesting that in 1665, our critic Mr. Pepys found the play not good, but two years later in his January 5, 1667 entry, he declared Mustapha "a most excellent play for words and design as ever I did see." He admitted to seeing but not remembering the play from the last go round. Guess it was much improved!

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