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Private Theatricals. There is no difficulty in making comfortable and convenient arrangements for private theatricals in London. Messrs. Simmon of Tavistock-street and King street, Covent-garden; Messr Harrison, or Mr. May, of Bow street; and Messrs. Nathan, of Tichborne-street, may safely be consulted as to matters connected with “fit up” theatres and costumes, and a perfect theatre may be arranged, with little trouble and no damage, in any good-sized room by most of these firms. For wig and “make up” the amateur may depend upon Mr. Clarkson, of Wellington-street, and Mr. Alliston, at the corner of Bedford-street and the Strand. Mr. French, of the Strand, sells all sorts of play and books connected with theatricals. Should the contemplated performance be intended to be on an ambitious scale, profession supervision is desirable, and the stage managers of many of the theatres are specialists in this department. If the assistance of professional ladies be desired, the advertising columns of the Era (published weekly at Wellington-street, Strand) should be consulted, and the answers to correspondents in the same excellent journal will always furnish the enquirer with every kind of information in regard to theatrical matters.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879