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nights. The playbill intimated that " the audience having been much disgusted at the performance being interrupted by persons crowding on the stage, it is humbly hoped none will take it ill that they cannot be admitted behind the scenes in future." The Drummer appeared for one night at Covent Garden, January 23rd, 1745, with the younger Cibber as Tinsel, Hippisley as Vellum, Ryan as Sir George Truman, Mrs. Horton as the heroine, and Mrs. Mullart as Abigail. It was played about nine times at Drury Lane, beginning January 25th, 1754, with Mrs. Clive as Abigail and, Mrs. Pritchard as Lady Truman. On January 28th, 1762, it was produced at Covent Garden, with Shuter as Vellum, Mrs. Pitt as Abigail, and Mrs. Ward as the heroine. It was twice acted. On January 29th, 1762, The Drummer was produced at Drury Lane, and ran for about three nights. This revival at the two houses was due not to any conviction of the merits of the comedy, but to the fact that the " town " was going silly over the imposture of the Cock Lane ghost. After an interval of eight years the play was placed again on the stage of Drury Lane, with Parsons as Vellum, Miss Pope as Abigail, and Mrs. Hopkins as Lady Truman.