Hurlo-Thrumbo

Definition

Theater

  • A nonsensical burlesque by one Samuel 'Maggoty' Johnson (1691 - 1773),a half-mad dancing master from Macclesfield. The play enjoyed an extraordinary run at the Haymarket Theatre from 1729 to 1730 and proved so popular. So great was its popularity that a club called the Hurlo-Thrumbo Society was formed. Johnson, who also styled himself 'Lord Flame', put the following verse on the title-page when the burlesque was printed:
    Ye sons of fire, read my Hurlo-Thrumbo,
    Turn it betwixt your finger and your thumbo,
    And being quite undone, be quite struck dumbo.
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