[New York]: J. C. Foreman, 1879. 1st printing (presumed). Single sheet folded once to make four pages. Engraved headpiece, and small engravings in text for ads. 14-1/4" x 10-3/4" Self wrappers. Slight age-toning to paper; creases where its been folded, remnants of tape repair to fold, overall VG. Item #44958
Playbill for an early American performance of "Engaged" during the successful Poole & Donnelly era at the Grand Opera House in New York City. William Schwenk Gilbert was a prolific English playwright and dramatist. This play was published during the most successful decade of his career. In 1907 Gilbert was the first dramatist to be knighted, and during his fifty years as a playwright he was credited with raising the standards on the English stage for both the playwright and the actor, his use of the Comic was so unique, the term 'Gilbertarian' was coined for his work, which has never been truly successfully imitated. "Engaged" opened in October, 1877, was well received on both the English and American stages, and is still performed today. It's cited as Gilbert's most popular stage work aside from the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. This production cast the famous Agnes Booth, wife of Junius Brutus Booth, in the role of Belinda Treherne.