William Cooke

Life
1740-1824; The Capricious Lady, com. from Beaumont and Fletcher (1783); friend of Goldsmith and Burke and author of memoir[s] of Charles Macklin and Samuel Foote. ODNB

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Peter Kavanagh, The Irish Theatre (Tralee: The Kerryman 1946), lists William Cooke 1740-1824; author of Macklin’s memoirs and one piece, The Capricious Lady (CG 17 Jan 1783), alteration of Beaumont and Fletcher’s The Scornful Lady, indelicacies expunged; also The Elements of Dramatic Criticism.

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Notes
Stockwell, Cooke, William, The Elements of Dramatic Criticism (London 1775); also, p.356, Prologue at performance of Handel at opening of Crow St. Jan 25 1798, spoken by Mr. Cooke.

Kith & Kin?: Edward Cooke, playwright and author of a play based on Union debates, The Cat let out of the Bag; or, a Play Without a Plot, being a Tragical, Comical, Fracical, Operatical, Burlettical, pantomimical, Serious, Satirical, Nonsensical, Pasticcio, acted the devil knows where, by A Company of the Devil Knows Who; and written by Sir Drawcansir Slashthem, Bart [... &c.] (Dublin: Wm Robinson, Old Church St. 1792) Patrick McGahern Books (Cat. 169; 2004) assigns this to Edward Cooke on the basis of an annotation against the name of Mr. Scribble, who speaks the Prologue.

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