The Prince Recent attends the theater, where he narrowly survives an assassination attempt. Shocked to learn that he is not loved by everyone in the country, he dispatches Edmund Blackadder to hire actors to educate him in speech and deportment. Blackadder is rightly worried about the consequences of this meeting, as the Prince seems incapable of understanding the concept of acting. Written by
Did You Know?
The character names of Mossop and Keanrick refer to three famous thespians of the 18th and 19th century: the Irish actor Henry Mossop (1729-1744), the English actor Edmund Kean (1789-1833), and the English actor David Garrick (1717-1779). See more
In the play within the play there are two daggers and two swords on the stage when the actors are taking their applause. A moment later, when the anarchist jumps onto the stage, both swords and a dagger have gone. See more
[explaining to the prince why the "oppressed masses" are so worked up
They are worked up, sir, because they are so poor that they are forced to have children as a cheap alternative to turkey at Christmas.