The Grub-Street Opera

The Grub-Street Opera

The Grub-Street Opera

The Grub-Street Opera

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The version of The Grub-Street Opera customarily printed in Fielding's works, and the basis of the present edition, bears on its title page the imprint of James Roberts and the date 1731. The copy-text is in the British Museum (press mark 643. h. 19). A collation with copies in the Bodleian, Folger, and Huntington libraries indicates that there are no substantive variants. Occasionally I have accepted readings from the earlier versions of the play (The Welsh Opera and The Genuine Grub-Street Opera), and I have supplied stage directions, liberally, when the sense of the play requires them; when there are clear errors in the copy-text I have corrected them. All changes are recorded in the textual notes.

The two earlier versions of The Grub-Street Opera were both printed in 1731. The first of these, The Welsh Opera, is the only one to have been performed before an eighteenth-century audience. Apparently the text represents the version of the play as it was produced at the New Theatre in the Haymarket in the spring of 1731. The Welsh Opera was published on June 26, 1731, by E. Rayner, who was . . .

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