Identifier: 43

Title of the Review/Article: 

Modern Spanish Theatre. No. IV. (Article no. XXII)

Periodical (dates): The New Monthly Magazine (1814-1884)
Volume: 11
Number: 44
Date: 1824 (August)
Place of publication: London
Pages: 186-192
Editor: Henry Colburn (1784/5-1855)
Author (Reviewer): Manuel Eduardo de Gorostiza (1789-1851)
Brief description:

This is the fourth and last article of the series on modern Spanish drama published by Gorostiza in The New Monthly Magazine. Gorostiza describes the problems that Spanish dramatists had to face in the late 18th and early 19th century: bad actors and few theatrical resources. After referring to the actor Antonio Robles, whose bad manners are noted, he discusses the censorship board of which Moratín and Estala were members in order to preserve the virtues of Spanish theatre. Then, he devotes a significant part of the article to the renowned Isidoro Máiquez, who, in Gorostiza’s view, started his career as a talented but uneducated actor until he moved to Paris and met the actor and director François Joseph Talma. After this, Gorostiza briefly analyses the dramatic work of Álvarez de Cienfuegos and his stage fortunes and again refers to Máiquez and his performance of Othello in La Calle’s translation.

Spanish authors mentioned:

Nicasio Álvarez de Cienfuegos (1764-1809)
Nicolás Fernández de Moratín (1737-1780)
José Cadalso y Vázquez (1741-1782)
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (1744-1811)
Juan Meléndez Valdés (1754-1817)
Teodoro de la Calle (1771-1833)
Pedro Estala (1757-1815)
Tomás García Suelto (1778-1816)

Spanish works mentioned:

Numancia destruida (Ignacio López de Ayala, 1775)

Raquel (Vicente Antonio García de la Huerta, 1778)

Idomeneo (Nicasio Álvarez de Cienfuegos, 1792)

Pítaco (Nicasio Álvarez de Cienfuegos, 1799)

La condesa de Castilla (Nicasio Álvarez de Cienfuegos, 1803)

Zoraida (Nicasio Álvarez de Cienfuegos, 1798)

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