author's night

Definition

Theater

  • 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).
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