author's night



  • In the 17th- and 18th-century English theater, a benefitperformance whose proceeds went to the playwright. This was usuallythe third night of a production (if it lasted that long). Samuel Johnsonwas given the proceeds of the 3rd, 6th, and 9th nights of Irene(1749), as was Oliver Goldsmith for The Good-Natured Man (1768).