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date: 01 October 2020

Hoare, Prince locked

  • Linda Troost

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(b Bath, 1755; d Brighton, Dec 22, 1834). English playwright . A son of the artist William Hoare, he studied painting at the Royal Academy and in Italy, where he met Stephen Storace, who was also interested in art. Hoare tried unsuccessfully to establish himself as a painter, though he became honorary foreign secretary to the Royal Academy in 1799. No doubt encouraged by Storace, he took to theatrical writing, initially specializing in plots that mixed clever farce and romance. No Song, No Supper (1790), his first success and one of Drury Lane’s as well, exemplifies that blend (lawyers thrust into sacks and spouses who will not bar the door, disguised lovers and lost-and-found fortunes). His later works emphasized either farce or romance. In The Three and the Deuce! (1795) one person acts three roles, to everyone else’s confusion; The Captive of Spilburg (1798...

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Proceedings of the Royal Musical Association
Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1885-1901, suppls., 1901-96)