THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PERIODICAL
AND THE THEATRE: 1715-1803
* AU owns; 159 total/ 83 AU owns.
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The Aberdeen Magazine, Literary Chronicle and Review, James Chalmers (17 Jan. 1788- Dec. 1791), bimonthly through Dec. 1790, monthly after that. Drama received scant attention, but the occasional review does appear.

The Actor (Dec. 1789), No. I printed in the Attic Miscellany, No. XV in No. XX of the Attic Miscellany.

The Adventurer, Samuel Johnson and John Hawkesworth, a playwright and drama critic (7 Nov. 1752 - 9 March 1754), semiweekly. Hester Mulso Chapone and George Colman were contributors. Discussed printed plays only, especially Shakespeare.

The Analytical Review, Thomas Christie and Joseph Johnson (May 1778 - June 1799), monthly. Published works only. Had a section titled “Theatre.”

*The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine, (1798-1810), monthly. Its criticism consisted primarily of reviews of printed plays only.

*The Anti-Theatre, by Sir John Falstaffe, pseud. [Sir Richard Steele?] (15 Feb.- 4 April 1720); semiweekly. Criticized morality of plays and the management. Consistent interest in theatrical affairs.

The Argus (7 March 1789- 27 Feb 1792), daily.

*The Attic Miscellany (1789), essays published individually and then bound with Vol. I issues I-IX, Vol. II issues XVI-XXII. Some theatrical intelligence.

The Auditor (9 Jan. 1733- 8 May 1733). Modeled on The Spectator with a club of suspicious characters. Drama critic was “Tom Cynick” who criticized Mills in Hamlet and Fielding’s The Miser.

Authentic Memoirs of the Green-Room, printed by J. Roache (1801-1804), annual.

 

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The Babler, Hugh Kelly (first pub. in Owen’s Weekly Chronicle 5 Feb. 1763, was independent Feb. 1763-Jan. 1767), weekly.  See only numbers 55, 58, 70, 104, 115, 117, and 122. 

*The Bee, Oliver Goldsmith (6 Oct.-24 Nov. 1759), weekly. Included theatrical criticism.

???Bell’s British Theatre (1777-1853). Every play has a separate title page, pagination, and register. With illustrated additional title pages and plates of actors in toles from different plays. Is this a collection of plays or a journal?

Bell’s Weekly Messenger (1 may 1796- 28 March 1896). Some theatrical reviews.

*The British Critic (May 1793- Oct. 1826), monthly.

The British Journal, or the Traveller (28 Nov. 1730- 20 March 1731), weekly. Ran weekly essays on the theatre, the effect of theatre on public morals, and thought successful theatre was essential to the success of England, or any country. Theatrical essays ran from 5 Dec. 1730- 13 Feb. 1731.

*The British Magazine, John Hill (Jan./Feb. 1746- May 1751). Wrote tabloid articles on theatrical figures.

*The British Magazine; or Monthly Repository for Gentlemen and Ladies, Tobias Smollett (1 Jan. 1760- Dec. 1767), monthly. Mostly published pieces.

The British Mercury and Evening Advertiser (1 Nov.- 31 Dec. 1780). Contained a section called “The Dramatist” that critiques drama critics.

The Bystander or Universal Weekly Expositor, Charles Dibdin (15 Aug. 1789- 6 Feb. 1790). Again, lamented the state of the theatre.

 

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The Cabinet Magazine, or Literary Olio, Charled Dibdin the Younger and Thomas John Dibdin (Nov. 1796- July 1797), monthly. Drama column reviewed offerings of London theatres.

The Cabinet (16 April 1803-2 July 1803). Wrote some on theatre.

*The Censor, Lewis Theobald (11 April 1715- 17 June 1715; second series 1 Jan. 1717- 30 May 1717), thrice-weekly. Several essays on Shakespeare’s plays.

*The Centinel, ed. Rev. Thomas and Dr. Franklin (6 Jan.-31 Dec. 1757), weekly, twice a week, then daily. AU owns Jan. 6- July 6 only.

The Champion, Henry Fielding, then James Ralph (15 Nov. 1739- 10 March 1743), thrice-weekly. Fielding wrote essays praising Colley Cibber’s early plays.

*The Comedian, or Philosophical Enquirer, Thomas Cook (April 1732- April 1733), monthly. Defended Fielding’s Modern Husband, and discussed present state of the theatre, criticizing chief performers.

Common Sense: or, the Englishman’s Journal, ed. Earl of Chesterfield, George Lyttleton, and Charles Molloy (5 Feb. 1737-16 Nov. 1743), weekly. Chesterfield and George Lyttelton often wrote for the paper. This paper used the theatre as context not its focus.

*The Conjuror’s Magazine; or, Magical and Physiognomical Mirror, Including a superb edition of Lavater’s Essays on Physiognomy (Aug. 1791- July 1793), then Astrologer’s Magazine; and Philosophical Miscellany (Aug. 1793- Jan. 1794), monthly. AU owns both titles.

*The Connoisseur, George Colman and Bonnell Thornton (31 Jan. 1754- 30 Sept. 1756), weekly. Praised Shakespeare, gave attention to theatrical stars.

*Cote’s Weekly Journal; or, The English Stage-Player, printed by J. Taylor at T. Edlin’s (11 May- 6 July 1734), weekly.

Country Correspondent; or, The Stage Monitor, Tho. Earl, Esq. Printed for Charles Corbet (1739), irregular.

The Courier and Evening Gazette (Sept. 1792- 19 April 1804), daily. Reviews.

*The Court Magazine, Hugh Kelly (Sept. 1761-Nov. 1765), monthly. See, especially, the section called “The Green Room.”  AU owns 1761-63.

The Court Miscellany, or Ladies’ New Magazine, Hugh Kelly (July 1765-1771), monthly. Theatrical intelligence was a regular part of the magazine, consisting of news on theatres but no significant criticism.

Covent Garden Chronicle. Irregular, 1st issue on 9 March 1768; no record of other issues. Some criticism of theatre, but mostly existed as a rival to The Theatrical Monitor.

*The Covent Garden Journal, Henry Fielding (4 Jan.- 25 Nov. 1752), twice weekly for numbers 1-53, weekly for 54-72. Some dramatic criticism.

*The Craftsman, which became in late spring of 1727 the Country Journal; or, the Craftsman, (5 Dec. 1726-15 Sep. 1750) Although mostly political in nature, they did publish a Key to the Beggar’s Opera in 17 Feb. 1728.

The Crisis (11 Jan.- 31 Oct. 1793). Some essays on French theatre. Some essays were reprinted collectively in 1794 in one volume.

*The Critical Review, including multiple series and slight name modifications (Jan./Feb. 1756-June 1817), monthly.  At one point Oliver Goldsmith reviewed plays for this periodical, but they seem to review published plays, not actual productions.

*The Critick, ed. Thomas Brereton (6 Jan. -2 June 1718), weekly then twice-weekly. AU owns through ECCO.

 

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*The Daily Advertiser (3 Feb. 1731- 24 March 1802), daily. Became Oracle and Public Advertiser 1 March 1794- 8 Sept. 1798, then Oracle and Daily Advertiser 10 Sept. 1798- 24 March 1802. Reviews.  

*Daily Gazetteer (daily from 30 June 1735- 3 Jan. 1741; three times a week from 5 Jan. 1741- 30 Dec. 1741; daily from 1 Jan. 1742- 27 June 1748). Essays on bringing politics onto the stage, Gay’s operas, and comparing English and Greek drama. AU owns June 1735- Dec. 1736 only.

*Daily Universal Register and Times (1 Jan. 1785- present, became The Times in 1788), daily.  1785-1794 published regular “Theatrical Intelligence.” AU owns both titles.

*The Devil (2 Oct 1786-1787), weekly. The complete set was published in two volumes in 1787. Criticized critics, new plays.

The Devil’s Pocket Book (1786-87; 9 issues published) Attacked all actors, including Kemble and Mrs. Siddons, dramatists, and managers.

The Diary, William Woodfall. (30 March 1789-31 Aug 1793). Drama critic was “Solrac.”

*The Diverting-Post, Henry Playford (28 Oct. 1704- 30 June 1705, weekly; Jan.- Feb. 1706, monthly). Not much theatre commentary.

The Dramatic Censor (1751), one issue only.

*The Dramatic Censor; or, Critical Companion, Francis Gentleman. 2 vols, 1770. Collection of essays was published in 2 volumes at different times in the year, but the individual essays were probably published separately before being included in the volumes; individual essays not dated. Criticism on plays recently performed or written.

*The Dramatic Censor; or, Weekly Theatrical Report, Thomas Dutton (4 Jan. 1800- Dec. 1801), weekly from 4 Jan.- 21 June 1800; monthly from July 1800- Dec. 1801 when it was titled Dramatic Censor, or, Monthly Epitome of Taste, Fashion, and Manners.

The Dramatic Magazine; or, Tragic, Comic, and Operatical Library C. Lister. 2 vols. (Dec. 1786-1787), monthly.

 

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The Edile; or, A Review of the Dublin Stage. Nos. 1-5 (Nov. 1784 only).

*The Edinburgh Magazine, or Literary Miscellany (Jan. 1785- Dec.1803), which merged into the Scots Magazine and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany (in 1804) but turned back into the Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany (in 1817).  Apparently very few articles with the exception of those like “On Comedy” (Aug. 1795) cover the theatres. AU owns all its various titles.

*The Edinburgh Magazine and Review (Nov. 1773- Aug. 1776), monthly. Includes a few reviews of the theatre at Drury Lane and Covent Garden.

The Edinburgh Theatrical Censor, J. Buchanan (21 March- 28 July 1803), weekly, irregular.

The English Chronicle, and Universal Evening Post (31 Dec 1789/2 Jan 1790- 18/20 Feb 1802), three times a week. Reviews.


*The English Review, John Murray (publisher and 1st ed.) (Jan. 1783-1797, when it was incorporated into the Analytical Review). Included a regular section on theatre. AU owns 1783- 1795.

*The Entertainer, Charles Mercury (3 Sept. 1754- 19 Nov. 1754), weekly. Occasional remarks about the theatre, short notes from the playhouses, which increased steadily until the paper’s death.

*The Entertainer, containing Remarks upon Men, Manners, Religion, Policy, etc. (6 Nov. 1717- 27 Aug. 1718), weekly. Attacked Colley Cibber’s The Non-Juror.

*The European Magazine and London Review (subtitle varies) (Jan. 1782- 1826).  Gossip surrounding the theatre was apparently given more space than actual drama criticism. Contained a section titled “The Theatre.”

The Evening Advertiser (3 March 1754- 13/15 April 1758), three times a week. Had an essay series called “The Dramatick Register,” but it was mostly just reprinted articles from the London Chronicle.

The Evening Mail (1789- 24/26 June 1868), three times a week. Reviews.

 

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*Female Spectator, Eliza Haywood (April 1744- March 1746), monthly. Comments on theatre but no real criticism. AU owns both in microfilm and through ECCO.

Freeholder’s Magazine, or Monthly Chronicle of Liberty (Sept. 1769- Aug. 1770), monthly. Accounts of new plays, but little criticism.  

 

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*Gazetteer and London Daily Advertiser (1 Nov. 1753- 26 April 1764, daily; changed name to *Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser 27 April 1764- 2 July 1796). Drama critic in late 1770s was Mr. (Captain) Cowley, Hannah Cowley’s husband.           

*General Evening Post (2 Oct. 1733- 2 Feb. 1822), three times a week. Through 1770, contained only reprints of other papers’ articles about performances. In 1771, they began writing originally about theatre. In 1772-73 had a section called “Dramatic Strictures.” In 1774, they reverted to the standard reprintings of “Theatrical Intelligence,” so the important critical writing is from 1771-1773.

*The General Magazine and Impartial Review, founder Thomas Bellamy (June 1787-Dec. 1792), monthly. Regular sections of theatrical reviews and biographies of actors and actresses.

The Genius, ed. George Colman (11 June 1761-9 Jan. 1762), irregular. Information and criticism on drama.

The Gentleman, George Colman (10 July- 4 Dec. 1774), essays originally published in London Packet, then published with his prose works.

*The Gentleman’s Magazine, founded by Edward Cave, Samuel Johnson was a frequent contributor (1731-1907), monthly. Reviews of published plays; until 1747 most of their theatre essays were reprinted from essays published elsewhere.

The Glasgow Theatrical Register, from Nov 16 to Dec 8, 1803, Inclusive. Covers this one three week session.

The Globe (1 Jan. 1803- 28 Dec. 1822). Reports on the Haymarket Theatre.

*The Gray’s Inn Journal, Arthur Murphy (First appeared in The Craftsman 21 Oct. 1752- 22 Sept. 1753, then became independent until Sept. 1754). Many essays on dramatic poetry and theatrical criticism.

*The Grub-Street Journal (8 Jan. 1730- 29 Dec. 1737), weekly.  Editor, “Bavius,” fought with Henry Fielding over his play The Modern Husband (Grub-Street thought the play was bad). Printed several essays on criticism in early 1730; no more until 1732, when it began regular criticism again.

 

H
*Have At You All; or, The Drury-Lane Journal, Madame Roxana Termagant [i.e., Bonnel Thornton] (16 Jan.- 9 April 1752; succeeded as The Spring-Garden Journal 16 Nov.- 7 Dec. 1752). Some essays on theatrical criticism by Thornton.

*Hibernian Magazine, or, Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge (Dublin; 1771-1785. Then became Walker’s Hibernian Magazine, or, Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge until Dec. 1811), monthly. British Literary Magazines does not indicate that theatre was discussed, but contained plates of famous actors and actresses.

How Do You Do? Ed. Charles Dibdin and F. G. Waldron (30 July- 5 Nov. 1796), biweekly.

 

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*The Intelligencer, Thomas Sheridan and Jonathan Swift (11 May 1728-14 Sept. 1729), Dublin, weekly. Defends The Beggar’s Opera in no. 3, otherwise no significant theatrical discussion is mentioned. Sarah Harding was a contributor.

 

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*The Jacobite’s Journal, Henry Fielding (5 Dec. 1747- 5 Nov. 1748), weekly. From 16 Jan 1748- 23 July 1748 had a “Court of Criticism” that admonished the public not to attend a play until “The Court” had approved it, weekly they would review a new play for “approval.”

 

K
The Kapelion, ed. William Kenrick (Nos. I- VI, 1750-51), monthly. Theatrical criticism, including a comparison of Garrick and Barry as Romeo.

 

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*The Ladies’ Magazine, or the Universal Entertainer (18 Nov. 1749- 10 Nov. 1753), weekly. Published “plans” of new plays. On 1 Dec. 1750, published “Free Remarks on Romeo and Juliet.” AU owns, has listed with full title for 1749-50 and 1753, and just Ladies’ Magazine for 1750-52 (so there are 3 listinsg for this paper in Aubiecat).

*The Lady’s Magazine, ed. George Robinson (July 1770- 1819), monthly. Theatrical reviews. We own in Women Advising Women, sections 3 and 4. Only partially analyzed in Aubiecat, so go to the microfilm series guide.

The Lives and Traits of the Bon Ton Theatricals, sold by J. Southern. (14 June 1790) Weekly. Was supposed to be a weekly paper, but it only survived for one issue.

*London Chronicle, or Universal Evening Post (1 Jan. 1757- 29 June 1765, changed name to London Chronicle 2 July 1765- 28 April 1823), thrice-weekly. Robert Dodsley was briefly linked to this paper, but withdrew his partnership on Jan 24, 1757. Contained a section called “The Theatre” 1 Jan.- 19 April 1757, 3 Oct. -7 Nov. 1758. Renewed its interest in theatre in 1766.

London Daily Advertiser and Literary Gazette (17 April 1751- 21 July 1753), daily. Had an essay series called “The Inspector” (by Dr. John Hill) which appeared until 1752 as the lead article and wrote about theatre 19 times.

*London Daily Post and General Advertiser (1734- 12 March 1744, then known as General Advertiser until 1 Dec. 1752, then known as Public Advertiser until 1 March 1794, then known as Oracle and Public Advertiser until 1798), daily. Incorporated into Daily Advertiser in 1798. AU owns titles from 1752-1794. Some reviews.

*London Evening-Post (12 Dec. 1727- 13 March 1806), three times a week. Reprinted articles from The Public Ledger in 1771, otherwise printed short accounts and occasional criticism.

*The London Magazine, or Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer (1747-1783), monthl. In the 1760s and 70s, had a section called “The British Theatre.”

*The London Museum of Politics, Miscellanies, and Literature (Jan 1770-Dec 1771), semiannual. Contained a number of theatrical essays, especially on Garrick. In ECCO.

*The London Review of English and Foreign Literature, William Kenrick, ed. (Jan 1775- July 1780), monthly.  Gave habitual bad reviews to Covent Garden and Drury Lane

*The Lounger (Feb. 1785-Jan. 1787), twice weekly. See vol. 68-69 for articles on Shakespearean characters.

*The Lounger’s Miscellany, (31 May 1788- 7 March 1789), weekly. See numbers 12 and 13 for essays on Julius Caesar, other than that I think theatre discussion was pretty thin.

 

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*The Macaroni, Savoir Vivre, and Theatrical Magazine, sold by J. Williams (Oct. 1772- Sept. 1774), then The Macaroni, Savoir Vivre, and Theatrical Magazine; or, Monthly Register of Taste, Fashions, and Amusements, vol. 3 (Oct. 1774). Monthly. Published (or reprinted) accounts of new plays, some commentary. Also published theatrical news and gossip.

The Magic and Conjuring Magazine and Wonderful Chronicle. Vol 1, Nos. 1-4 1795 (No dates).

The Man in the Moon, Consisting of Essays and Critiques on the Politics, Morals, Manners, Drama, etc., of the Present Day (12 Nov 1803- 28 Jan 1804), biweekly and weekly.
                                                                                                                                                           
*The Midwife (Oct. 1750- Oct. 1751; Jan. 1752; late 1752-early 1753), monthly. Praised Garrick.             

 

*The Monthly Magazine, and British Register (June 1796- Jan. 1826), monthly. This was a literary magazine, so it reviewed printed plays only. AU owns 1796-98.

*The Monthly Mirror; Reflecting Men… and the Stage, T. Bellamy (Dec. 1795- Dec. 1806; new series, Jan. 1807- Feb. 1811), monthly.

The Monthly Museum, Comprehending a Political and Parliamentary Rememberance; a Classical Miscellany, a Poetical Kalendar, a Critical Catalogue, a Theatrical Diary, and an Historical Register for the Year (1776 only), monthly.

*Monthly Review (May 1749- Nov. 1825), monthly. Reviewed theatrical books.

*Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (28 June 1769- 28 March 1789, became Morning Chronicle 1789- 2 March 1865), daily. Frequent paragraphs titled “Theatrical Intelligence.”

The Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser, Henry Bate (1 Nov. 1780- 31 Dec. 1785; succeeding title The Morning Herald 2 Jan. 1786- 31 Dec. 1869), daily. Reviews; the Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser contained sections called “Dramatic Orders” and “Parole. Shakespeare; Countersign, Garrick.” Reviews and summaries, but no detailed criticism.

*Morning Post, ed. Reverend Henry Bate, who probably wrote the drama criticism (Nov. 1772-June 1794). Sections titled “Theatrical Critiques” and “The Stage.” Succeeding title: Morning Post and Fashionable World until 1797.

*The Muses Mercury, John Oldmixon (1 Jan 1707-1708), monthly. Accounts of the stage and opera each month, but was mostly stale and dated.

*The Museum, or the Literary and Historical Register, Robert Dodsley (29 March 1746- 12 Sept. 1747), fortnightly. Later issues remark on theatre.

 

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The Nettle, Dublin (No. 1. 24 Oct. 1751). Only survived for one issue.

New Lady’s Magazine, or Polite and Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Reverend Mr. Charles Stanhope (Feb. 1786- May 1797), monthly. Includes some articles on theatrical affairs as well as short reviews.

*New London Magazine (July 1785- July 1797), monthly with an annual supplement. Included a column called “Theatrical Intelligence”– only summaries, no criticism. AU owns to 1790.

A New Review with Literary Curiosities and Literary Intelligence (Feb. 1783- Aug. 1786), monthly. Mostly reviews.

*The New Spectator with the Opinions of John Bull (3 Feb. 1784-17 Jan. 1786), weekly. The theatrical criticism was apparently limited to attacks on actors and praise for Mrs. Siddons and her brother.

New Weekly Miscellany (18 July- 1825). Reports some on Covent-Garden. Exists under several titles after 1741, including Westminster Journal or New Weekly Miscellany, Royal Westminster Journal, etc. All titles after 1741 have “Westminster Journal” in them somewhere.

 

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The Old Maid, ed. Francis Brooke (15 Nov. 1755-24 July 1756), weekly.

The Oracle, or Bell’s New World, James Boaden (1 June 1789- 28 Feb. 1794; succeeding title Oracle and Public Advertiser 1 March 1794- 8 Sept. 1798), daily. Began as a rival to The World, or Fashionable Advertiser. John Litchfield (wife was actress Mrs. Litchfield) was a contributor.

 

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*The Pic Nic, ed. William Combe. (8 Jan.- 9 April 1803), weekly.

*The Play-House Journal, Dublin (18 Jan. 1749). Single sheet.

*The Prompter, Aaron Hill and William Popple, possibly James Ralph (12 Nov. 1734- 2 July 1736), semiweekly.  Major subjects included theatre and drama.

*The Prompter: A Theatrical Paper, James Fennell (24 Oct.- 10 Dec. 1789), daily, irregular.

Public Advertiser; or, The Theatrical Chronicle, Dublin (14-16 Feb 1774). No other issues have been located—corroborated by British Union.

*Public Ledger, drama criticism by Hugh Kelly (12 Jan. 1760 – 14 Sept. 1836), daily. Published consistent theatrical criticism, by Hugh Kelly in the 1760s.

 

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The Reformer, Edmund Burke (Jan.- April 1748), weekly. Critical of contemporary theatre.

*The Rhapsodist (24 Jan.- 8 March 1757), weekly. Gossip of performances, such as of Barry playing Richard III and Peg Woffington as the Queen.

 

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*The Sentimental Magazine; or, General Assemblage of Science, Taste, and Entertainment (March 1773– Dec. 1777), monthly. Mostly just new plays and synopses.

*The Spectator, Richard Steele and Joseph Addison (1st series: 1 March 1711-6 Dec. 1712, daily; 2nd series: 18 June 1714- 3 Aug. 1715, 3 times a week until Dec. 1714, then biweekly). Helped to popularize dramatic criticism.

*The Speculator, ed. Nathan Drake and William Frend (27 March- 22 June 1790), twice a week. Seven essays discuss German drama.

*St. James’s Chronicle (12 March 1761- Aug. 1866), thrice-a-week. Regular theatrical criticism and reviews.

The St. James’s Journal (56 nos., 3 May 1722- 18 May 1723), weekly. No. 29 contains a defense of The Conscious Lovers.

The Star (6 Dec. 1788- 15 Oct. 1831), daily. Reviews.

Stuart’s Star and Evening Advertiser (13 Feb. 1789- 27 April 1789, became Morning Star until 16 June 1789), daily. Reviews.

The Sun (1 Oct. 1792- 25 Feb. 1871), daily. Reviews.

 

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*The Tatler, Richard Steele (12 April 1709-2 Jan. 1711), three times a week. Dramatic reviews.

*The Tea-Table, Eliza Haywood (21 Feb.- 22 June 1724), twice a week. Her theatrical criticism in this publication is thought to have been politically motivated.

*The Theatre (1), Sir John Edgar, pseud [Sir Richard Steele]. (2 Jan.- 5 April 1720), semiweekly. Praised British stage as superior to all others.

The Theatre (2), Sir John Falstaffe, pseud. [Sir Richard Steele?] (9 April- 14 May 1720), twice weekly.

*Theatrical Guardian, ed. James Fennell (5 March- 9 April 1791), weekly. Argued that the principle of drama is beneficial to mankind.

Theatrical Journal, H. P. Mills (1772), weekly.

Theatrical Magazine (1800 only), monthly.

*Theatrical Monitor; or, Green-Room Laid Open. Held this title for one issue on 17 Oct. 1767, then name changed to The Monitor; or, Stage Management and Green-Room Laid Open (24 Oct. 1767- 16 April 1768), weekly. AU owns only till Dec. 1767. Began as a criticism of Colman;s management of the Haymarket Theatre.

*The Theatrical Register, York (4 Feb.- 27 May 1788), weekly, issues are not dated. In AU Special Collections. Some short criticisms on new and old plays.

The Theatrical Repertory, printed by T. Woodfall (19 Sept. 1801- 28 June 1802), weekly.

*The Theatrical Review, or Annals of the Drama (1 Jan.- 1 June 1763), monthly. Imitates The Thespian, its bitter rival, devoted itself exclusively to discussion and news on theatre.

Theatrical Review for the Year..., appeared in 1758 only, annual. Contains critical remarks on the principal performers of both the theatres.

*The Theatrical Review; or, New Companion to the Play-House, ed. J. Potter (21 Sept. 1771- 10 April 1772). Regular criticism and essays on theatre. In ECCO.

Thespian Magazine and Literary Repository (1) (1763), 24-page miscellany.

*The Thespian Magazine and Literary Repository (2), printed by T. Wilkins. (June 1792- Sept. 1794), bimonthly. No issues printed for August/September 1793 or May/August 1794

*The Thespian Telegraph; or, Dramatic Mirror, printed by J. Hammond (No. 1: June 1796).

The Tickler, Paul Hiffernan (18 Feb. 1748-1749). Occasional criticism by Paul Hiffernan, who also wrote for The Tuner.

*Town and Country Magazine, or Universal Repository of Knowledge, Instruction and Entertainment (Jan. 1769- Aug. 1795), monthly. Reviews of dramatic productions.

The Townsman, Addressed to the Inhabitants of Manchester on Theatricals, James Watson (8 Dec. 1803- 12 Jan. 1805), triweekly, weekly, triweekly. 

Town-Talk: In a Series of Letters to a Lady in the Country, Richard Steele (17 Dec. 1715- 13 Feb. 1716), weekly. Designed to puff theatrical management so only incidentally produces any real criticism.

*The True Briton (1 Jan. 1793- 31 Dec. 1803), daily. Reviews.

*The Tuner, Paul Hiffernan (26 Jan. 1754- 5 Nov. 1755), irregular. Descriptions of actors, reviews, criticism.

 

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The Universal Journal (11 Dec. 1723- 29 Aug. 1724), weekly. Occasional reports on plays and the general state of the theatre.

*The Universal Magazine (1747-1803 [1st series]), monthly. Lengthy theatrical reviews and excerpts.

The Universal Museum; or, Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Polite Magazine of history, politicks, and literature (1762-1764), monthly. In 1764, the name changed to Universal Museum and Complete Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure, and ran until 1772. Reviews.

*The Universal Spectator, and Weekly Journal (12 Oct. 1728- 22 Feb. 1746), weekly. Daniel Defoe and John Kelly were contributors. Occasional essays on theatre, but usually just general discussion.

 

*The Universal Visiter (Jan.- Dec. 1756), monthly. David Garrick and Samuel Johnson were contributors. There is an essay on Shakespeare, and the first five numbers feature theatrical listings, but I don’t know if theatre was discussed beyond this.

 

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The Weekly Journal, or Saturday’s Post, Nathaniel Mist (15 Dec. 1716- 24 April 1725; next title Mists’s Weekly Journal 1 May 1725- 21 Sept. 1728; then Fog’s Weekly Journal 28 Sept. 1728- 29 Oct. 1737), weekly. Criticized the actor-manager system and Colley Cibber.

The Weekly Magazine (July 1768- June 1784), weekly. Play excerpts and criticism.

The Weekly Observator (Nos. 1-11, May- July 1716), weekly. Criticism of the character of audiences, love tragedies, stage oaths, abuse of the clergy onstage, immorality of comedy—basically critical of theatre in general.

The Weekly Register (17 Oct. 1730- 15 April 1732), weekly. Began discussing theatre on 21 Aug. 1731.

*The Westminster Magazine; or, the Pantheon of Taste (1773-1785), monthly. Oliver Goldsmith and Thomas Holcroft (who wrote a column called “The Actor” Jan-May 1780) were contributors. Contained a column titled “The English Theatre” that lamented the state of the plays in England.                      

*The Whitehall Evening-Post (Feb. 1746- 26/29 Dec. 1801), three times a week. Reviews.

*The World, Edward Moore, dramatist; published by Robert Dodsley (1753-1756), weekly. Some theatrical criticism, but that was not the focus of the magazine.

The World, or Fashionable Advertiser, Charles Este (1 Jan.- 26 Nov. 1787), daily. Became The World 27 Nov. 1787- 30 June 1794. Contributors were Robert Merry, Hannah Cowley, M. P. Andrews, Edward Jerningham, and R. B. Sheridan.