lighting up time* - the time when lights are switched on

until further notice - until next order or instruction

playhouse - a theatre


convenience - a water closet, a (public) lavatory

diddle* - to cheat or swindle

entrancing - that entrances, transporting                                                                                                                         entrance

gad - god; the action of gadding or rambling about

quality - nobility, people of good social position

billed - announced or advertised by a bill

weekday* - a day of the week other than Saturday or Sunday (formerly, other than Sunday).

somnus (l) - dream                                                                                                                                                          Sunday


arraignment - accusation before tribunal, indictment, charge; accusation, hostile criticism.

children's hour* - an hour of recreation in the evening, spent in former times by children with their parents; (with capital initials) a B.B.C. radio programme thus entitled (first broadcast 1922, discontinued 1961).

rinse - to wash down with liquor

in token of* - as a sign, symbol or evidence of

nightly - coming, happening, or occuring during the night; happening or occuring every night.

redistribution - a fresh distribution

puppetry - mimic action or representation as of puppets; masquerade, mummery; puppet-play, debased dramatic action.

dub - to name, style, nickname; to dress, clothe, adorn

ghoster - a sail similar to a genoa but made of very light material for use in light airs.

archimime* - a chief buffoon, or jester; the chief mimic, who in Roman funeral processions imitated the gait and gestures of the deceased.

patronage - the action of a patron in giving influential support, favour, encouragement, or countenance, to a person, institution, work, art, etc.  

eldership - seniority, the position of being elder or senior

olden - belonging to a bygone age or time; ancient, old

the four corners (of the earth, heavens or world)* - the remotest parts;                    coroner - an officer of a county, district, or municipality (formerly also of the royal household), originally charged with maintaining the rights of the private property of the crown; in modern times his chief function is to hold inquest on the bodies of those supposed to have died by violence or accident.

coarb - successor in an ecclesiastical office, abbot, vicar; an order of old Irish monks.

Caesar - an absolute monarch, an autocrat, emperor

in chief - in the chief or highest place or position (Commander-in-chief, etc.)

sennet - a set of notes on the trumpet or cornet, ordered in the stage-directions of Elizabethan plays, apparently as a signal for the ceremonial entrance or exit of a body of players.

Adelphi - the name of a group of buildings in London between the Strand and the Thames, laid out by the four brothers, James, John, Robert, and William Adam and hence called Adelphi (Gr. brothers); the name of the theatre in the vicinity of these buildings, at which a certain type of melodrama was prevalent c 1882-1900, and so allusively.

humpty dumpty* - a short, dumpy, hump-shouldered person. In the well-known nursery rime or riddle (quoted below) commonly explained as signifying an egg (in reference to its shape); thence allusively used of persons or things which when once overthrown or shattered cannot be restored. (In the nursery rime or riddle there are numerous variations of the last two lines, e.g. 'Not all the king's horses and all the king's men Could [can] set [put] Humpty Dumpty up again [in his place again, together again]'.)

revival - the act of restoring an old play to the stage

wireless* - to send a message by wireless

seven seas - the Arctic, Antarctic, North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. 

crowd - an ancient Celtic musical instrument of the viol class

tabloid* - a popular newspaper which presents its news and features in a concentrated, easily assimilable, and often sensational form, esp. one with smaller pages than those of a regular newspaper.

cald = cold; p. of call (obs.)

firn - (Ger. firn, firne, lit. 'last year's' (snow)) a name given to snow above the glaciers which is partly consolidated by alternate thawing and freezing                                                                                                                                                       Finn

mime - a kind of simple farcical drama among the Greeks and Romans, characterized by mimicry and the ludicrous representation of familiar types of character; (The art of) gesture, movement, etc. (as distinct from words) used to express emotion and dramatic action or character; dumb show.

Mick - Michael (short.); a Roman Catholic

Nick - Nicholas (short.); the devil

bedridden* - confined to bed through sickness or infirmity

murther - murderer



robot - a person whose work or activities are entirely mechanical

dress circle* - In a theatre, usually the gallery next above the floor

gagster - one who makes 'gags' or jokes; a gag-writer or comedian

rogue's gallery - a collection of the portraits of criminals; also transf. and fig.

bleak - pale, pallid, wan; fig. Cheerless, dreary

story book - a book containing stories, esp. children's stories; also occas. a novel or romance;  freq. fig. with allusion to the conventionally happy ending of children's stories. 

tabs = tableau curtain - any front curtain, curtain settings on the stage