1771: 11 George 3 c.16: Liverpool Playhouse

1771: 11 George 3 c.16: An Act to enable his Majesty to license a Playhouse in the Town of Liverpoole, in the County Palatine of Lancaster.


‘WHEREAS a licensed Playhouse in the Town of Liverpoole, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, would be of Convenience to the said Town;’ May it therefore please your Majesty, that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same,

[Part of Act 10 Geo. 2. relating to common Players]

That so much of an Act of Parliament, made in the tenth Year of his late Majesty’s Reign (intituled, ‘An Act to explain and amend so much of an Act, made in the twelfth Year of the Reign of Queen Anne, intituled, An Act for reducing the Laws relating to Rogues, Vagabonds, Sturdy Beggars, and Vagrants, into One Act of Parliament; and for the more effectual punishing such Rogues, Vagabonds, Sturdy Beggars, and Vagrants, and sending them whither they ought to be sent,’ as relates to common Players of Interludes; whereby all Persons are discharged to represent any Entertainment of the Stage whatever, in virtue of Letters Patent from his Majesty, or by Licence of the Lord Chamberlain of his Majesty’s Household for the time being, except within the Liberties of Westminster, or where his Majesty is residing for the time being, be,


and the same is hereby repealed, with respect to the said Town of Liverpoole: And that it shall and may be lawful for his Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, to grant Letters Patent for establishing a Theatre or Playhouse within the said Town of Liverpoole; which shall be intitled to all the Privileges, and subjected to all the Regulations, to which any Theatre or Playhouse in Great Britain is intitled and subjected.

Source: Ruffhead, Statutes At Large, volume 11.