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theatrical performances in this country since 1703,
Sonneck, O. G., Early opera in America, 1915, p. 7. See also, for the beginning of theatrical companies, Daly, Charles P., When was the drama introduced in America? 1864, reprinted in Dunlap Soc. Pub., Ser. 2, vol.
I, 1896; Ford, P. L., Washington and the Theatre, Dunlap Society Pub., Ser. 2, vol.
For earlier performances by amateurs, see Bruce, P. A., An early Virginia play, nation, vol.
LXXXVIII, no. 2276, p. 136, II Feb., 1909, and Neidig, W. J., The First Play in America, Nation, vol.
LXXXVIII, no. 2274, p. 86, 28 Jan., 1909. but the permanent establishment of professional acting dates from the arrival of Lewis Hallam and his company from England in 1752.
This company acted in Philadelphia in 1754, where Godfrey doubtless saw them, and it was to this company after its reorganization under Douglass in 1758 that he offered his play, The Prince of Parthia, which he had finished before the end of 1759.
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