By Molière

Monsieur Jourdain, courageous bourgeois, n'a qu'un rêve : devenir noble. Pour y parvenir, tous les moyens sont bons. Apprend-il los angeles musique par amour de l'art ? Il veut plutôt briller en société. L'escrime, pour se défendre ? Il aspire seulement à porter l'épée. S'habille-t-il avec recherche ? Il est moins élégant qu'extravagant. Et s'il cultive les fréquentations de haut rang, c'est que Monsieur Jourdain songe à marier sa fille, mais à un gentilhomme, pas à ce roturier de Cléonte. A moins que celui-ci ne lui trouve un moyen de s'anoblir... Critique intemporelle des pursuits dévorantes et des parvenus qui croient pouvoir tout acheter, comédie- ballet haute en couleurs écrite en collaboration avec Lully et mêlant chansons et danses, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) est plus qu'une comédie de moeurs : c'est un spectacle overall.

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There Sarah's acting of Belvidera in Venice Preserv'd won the tears and eventually the friendship of Henrietta Boyle, the rich and fashionable stepdaughter of Lord Bruce. " Upon Lord Bruce's return to London he recommended Sarah to David Garrick at Drury Lane. During her engagement at Cheltenham Sarah was far advanced in pregnancy; she gave birth to her first child, Henry Siddons, on 4 October 1774 at Wolverhampton. At some point Garrick had sent his friend and leading comedian Tom King to Cheltenham to see her act Calista in The Fair Penitent.

It is said that as many as 2557 applications were made in one day for 630 places, and that persons merely passing by the theatre were swept in by the mob, which also attracted enterprising pickpockets all the way from London. In 12 nights playing her tragic repertoire she realized £967 7s. , including a subscription of £200 from a group of gentlemen and presents of gold plate and tickets worth £120. She also received a present of a silver tea vase inscribed "As a Mark of Esteem {for} Unrivalled Talents " While she was in Edinburgh the General Assembly was obliged to yield to the Siddons fever and avoided conducting its business during the time of her performances in order to accommodate a considerable number of the members.

In that role she reappeared on the stage of Drury Lane Theatre on 10 October 1782, with a cast that included "Gentleman" Smith as Biron, Packer as Count Baldwin, Farren as Carlos, and Robert Palmer as Belford, eight years after her initial failure there. The tumultuous applause for her began before the final curtain. " It was one of those famous nights in theatrical history, perhaps comparable to those engendered by Garrick and Kean, certainly equal to the debut of her brother John as Hamlet on the same stage a year later.

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