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Being a memoir of a life in the theatre.




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Since he kept no journal nor diary, wrote few letters, and never intended his life at the advanced age of forty seven to be as it is, Doctor Merriweather's play is a highly personal memoir, and while what verification we have been able to conduct has generally given us to praise his remarkable memory (the more so in a man whose life was, by nature haphazard, and whose own habits were hardly temperate), our work stands presently incomplete; far be it from us to question the veracity of this, admittedly remarkable, account.

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The severity of the winter of 1598, for instance, might be debatable, but Doctor Merriweather assures us that the river was frozen, and since he was there at the time, he has far greater knowledge than we. His reports of who played whom in Shakespeare's plays may give pause for thought, but again, it is Doctor Merriweather who knew those men, their respective talents, foibles and fortes, so we must, for the moment, concur.

In matters of date, he admits some failing (a forgivable lapse in one with so much to remember), and here we have been able to extend some small assistance, confirming the dates of Shakespeare's birth, the publication of the First Folio et cetera. The good doctor has gladly accepted these little helps in the cause of accuracy.

In this spirit, we therefore commend you to Doctor Merriweather and his unique account of a life in late Elizabethan/early Jacobean theatre. If you find yourself in a position to contribute additional information that might further aid the gentle doctor's story, we would be delighted to receive it, as would he, we are sure.

Alex Lyon, Daniel Brennan.