Hill and the London Stage, 1731–1736
This chapter discusses Aaron Hill and his role in the London Stage from 1731 to 1736. By early 1732, Hill was so absorbed by the latest events in the London theatre world that he may scarcely have noticed the dwindling stream of letters from Twickenham. Hill encouraged Thomson and Mallet to turn their talents to playwriting. When he managed to get his Athelworld accepted for performance at the Drury Lane for December 10, 1731, it was to be his triumphal return to the London stage after an eight-year absence. Hill watched the affairs at Drury Lane with interest, as the management became unstable. He offered the Drury Lane management advise on pantomimes and new plays, and sent them a new entertainment of his own, The Maggot, a farce satirising Harlequin masques.
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