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An official copy of the script of a play, held by the theatre's prompter in order to remind performers of their entrances and, if forgotten, their lines. Before the practice of prompting was adopted in the English theatre, which seems to have been in the eighteenth century, an official copy of the script was held by the theatre's ‘bookkeeper’ for other purposes: under conditions of censorship, this copy contained the censor's licence, and from it the actors' parts were copied. In theatrical jargon, this copy is often known simply as the Book, sometimes as the play-book.

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