Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1972. Facsimile reprint. Unbound sheets. 394p, several ills. Photo-duplicated typescript. Very good, except the plates are poorly reproduced. Item #30164
PhD. dissertation in Theater, Tufts University. Founded by Charles Dibdin the elder and equestrian Charles Hughes, the Royal Circus was the first one in London to combine acts on the stage and in the riding ring. It competed with Astley's Amphitheatre but with less emphasis on equestrian spectacle. The focus of the dissertation is the theatre's management and finances, legal battles with the patent theatres, the role of juvenile performers, and the like. It was something of an outlaw theatre until 1816, when Thomas Dibdin took over and renamed it the Surrey Theatre.. Equestrianism is treated as need be among the theatre's offerings of burlettas and other entertainments.