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30. Beggar's Opera-Ibid. NOVEMBER
2. Coriolanus-Mother Goose.
5. COUNT OF NARBONNE. Raymond, Mr. Kenible; Austin, Mr. Pope ; Theodore, Mr. C. Kemble; Fabian, Mr. Murray. Hortensia, Mrs. Siddons ; Adelaide, Miss Norton ; Jacqueline, Miss Waddy. Harl. and Mother Goose.
6. Romeo and Juliet-Ibid. 7. King Henry VIII.–Fortune's Frolic. Robin Rough-head, Mr. Oxberry (his Ist appearance) 9. Coriolanus Harl. and Mother Goose.
Road to Ruin-Ibid. 11, WINTER's Tale. Leontes, Mr. Kemble ; Mamillius, Miss Bristow; Camillo, Mr. Creswell; Antigonus, Mr. Murray; Cleomenes, Mr. Claremont; Dion, Mr. Thompson; Phocion, Mr. Chapman ; Thasius, Mr. Jeffries; Keeper of the Prison, Mr. Treby; Mariner, Mr. Atkins; Polixenes, Mr. Pope; Florizel, Mr. C. Kemble; Archidamus, Mr. Davenport; Shepherd, Mr. Blanchard; Clown, Mr. Liston; Neatherd, Mr W. Murray; Autolycus, Mr. Munden. Hermione, Mrs. Siddons; Perdita, Miss Norton ; Paulina, Mrs. C. Kemble; Emilia, Mrs. Humphries; Mopsa, Mrs. Liston ; Dorcas, Miss Meadows. Flitch of Bacon.
12. Speed the Plough. Bob Handy, Mr. Jonès. Harl, and Iother Goose.
Heir at Law. Lord Duberly, Mr. OXBERRY. Turnpike Gate.
16. Winter's Tale-Mother Goose. 17. (Never acted] Two Faces UNDER A Hoop. Music by Mr. Shield. Characters by Messrs. Thompson, (Governor) Bellamy, (Marquis Raimondi) Jones, (Count Ignacio) Incledon, (Don Sebastian) Taylor, (Frederico) Simmons, (Jeronymo) King, (Ser. geant), Farley, (Brazilio) Liston, (Hector) Fawcett, (Martinique) Mrs. Dibdin ( Marchioness Raimondi) Mrs.
Davenport ( Lady Abbess Mrs. Dickons, (Claudine) Miss Bolton, (Donna Antonia) Mrs. Liston, (Agatha) Mrs. C. Kemble, (Ursula.) Mistake upon Mistake.
Ibid. -Raising the Wind. 19. Ibid.–Midnight Hour. 20. lbid.—Arbitration.
g. Two Faces under a Hood--Katharine and Petruchio. Katharine, Mrs. C. Kemble.
23. Winter's Tale. Harl. 'and Mother Goose (the play changed to the Grecian Daughter, on account of Mr. Kemble’s inc i sposition.]
Two Faces under a Hood— Follies of a Day. Page, Miss Waddy ; Susan, Mrs. Gibbs.
Oct. 23. Mrs. Dickons performed Polly in the Beggar's Opera, a character in which she was deservedly very popular, when before engaged at this theatre. Nothing can exceed the taste with which sheexecuted the several airs; and her acting was greatly applauded throughout
Oct. 26. The gentleman who played Mactwolter, is a Mr. Adamson. He is not unacquainted with the business and trick of the stage, but his voice and manner are somewhat repulsive, and his brogue of the coarsest kind.
Oct 29. Too Friendly by Half. This farce was indifferently received on the first night, and so much disapproved of on repetition, that it was withdrawn after the second representation. One or two of the scenes are highly diverting, but the plot is unskilfully handled, and the conclusion lame and impotent.
Nov. 5. The Count of Narbonne. This tragedy, from Walpole's Castle of Otranto, and consequently not a fit subject for the drama, was not revived in such a way as to excite any wish for its repetition. Mr. Kemble we must presume was ill for his performance of Narbonne was unworthy of the worst actor in his theatre. Mrs. Siddons in the description of Alphonso's death was admirable, but Hortensia has few scenes of iuterest, and in the first dress she gave us a perfect picture of Glumdalca. Miss Norton has few requisites for tragedy. Her recitation has no nature, and her action and deportment are obviously under the restraint of affectation. Pope in Austin was solemn and dignified. Upon the whole his was the best performance of the night.
Nov. 7. King Henry VIII. This play is very finely got up, and the principal characters are most excellently performed. Pope's Harry is a very characteristic piece of acting. Kemble's Wolsey, is well studied and executed in a masterly'style, and Mrs. Siddons in Catherine is beyond all praise. This we believe is her favourite part.
When Dr. Johnson asked her which of the characters of Shakspeare she preferred, she mentioned Queen Catherine. We must suppose it to be an adoption of which the impropriety is counterbalanced by its convenience; but it is surely highly improbable that Cromwell, the secretary of Catherine's greatest enemy, should be admitted into the Queen's dying chamber to pass an eulogium on his deceased master. It is equally out of all character to make Sir Henry Guildford, a man whose rank and office must have taught him the rules of decorum, enter the chamber so uncouthly, as to merit the acrimonious rebuke which falls from the Queen's lips4"this fellow let me ne'er see again." Tu Shakspeare's play the attendant of Catherine in her sick room is very properly her gentleman usher, and the rude messenger is some officer of her own, who in the haste to deliver his intelligence forgets the ceremony due to an invalid and a queen. These inaccuracies are discreditable to a London theatre.
Mr. Oxberry on this evening made his appearance in Robin Rough-head, and displayed considerable talent. His dialect and manner are much in the style of Emery, to whom he would be a good double. His humour is natural, his countenance capable of comic expression, and the few sentimental speeches in the part were spoken with evident sensibility. Mr. Oxberry will be of great use, in little parts. His powers are rather limited.
Nov. 11. Winter's Tale. This play, which was revived a few sea-, sons ago at Drury-Lane with great pomp of scenic decoration, though in it Shakspeare, (as Dr. Warburton observes) in spite of the meanness and extravagant conduct of the fable" warbles his native wood-notes wild,” possesses very little popular attraction,
and the manner in which it is now represented is not entitled to much commendation. Kemble is here and there lucky, but his performance is on the whole right doleful,“ tedious, wearisome, and heavy.” Mrs. Siddons, excepting in the statue scene, has little scope for the exertion of her wonderful powers, and there is something in the incident of the child brought newly-born from its mother, and thrown on the floor, with its concomitant circumstances, so ludicrous, and at the same time so indecent, that all our veneration for Shakspeare cannot reconcile us to the situation. This difficult scene was certainly not much mended by the mauper in which it was acted. Paulina was mistaken altogether. She is another Emilia, who conscious of the gross wrongs her mistress has sustained, loses all respect for time, place, or person, and pours forth her indignation, regardless of consequences. Unless this strong emotion is adequately felt by the actress, the effect must necessarily be lost. Mrs. Powell felt the situation, when the play was acted at Drury-Lane, and we remember that she gave importance to the whole scene. It had better be “ overdone” thai come tardy off.” Mrs. Charles Kemble is an excellent actress in her proper iine, but she must not venture upon heroics. And what could induce Mr. Kemble, who sometimes when his actors are inclined to be right, will make them appear ridiculous by thrusting his own erroneous absurdities upou them, to suffer snch a glaring misrepresentation of the character in point of dress and uppearance. The wife of old Antigonus--the ®“ dame Partlet”-the “ "_"
gross hag”-was tricked out in all the colours of the rainbow. The simplicity of Perdita was not successfully assumed by Miss Norton. Munden's Autolycus, however, was excellent.
Nov. 17. Two Faces under a Hood. A comic opera by Mr. T. Dibdin ; the music by Mr. Shield.
The MarquisRaimondi having dissipated his fortune at the ga ming-table, resigns his nobility, and quits his country to retrieve bim. self by commerce, leaving Claudine, his only daughter, to be educated by a female relation, who, by the father's desire, conceals froin the young Lady her real rank-While supposing herself the daughter ef a cottager, Claudine is addressed by Ignacio, a young officer, but the arts of Frederico, his rival, create a quarrel between the lovers-Ignacio joins his regiment abroad; Claudine, on the death of her relation, is sent to board in a convent and all corres. pondence between her and Ignacio ceases.
Four years are supposed to have elapsed (at the opening of the piece) since the separation of the lovers, at which time the Marquis Raimondi returos from his commercial speculations with a fortune which enables him to resume his rank; Claudine is made acquainted with her birth, and quits the convent for her father's palace. A day is set apart for the ceremony of the Marquis's public re-investi. ture and admission to his former honours, on which day Ignacio arrives from abroad, sees Claudine among the assembly, but, imposed on hy the brilliancy of her habit, and the alterations and improvements which four years of absence bave effected, he does not sup pose her the same Lady, though he is forcibly struck with her resemblance to his favourite cottager.
Claudine takes advantage of her situation, and, with the assistance of Ursula, her waiting maid, alternately appears to him as
the young Marchioness and the simple cottager ; endeavours to at. tract him in each character, and has the satisfaction of proving, at last, that bis love is disinterested, and that he prefers the poor Claudine to the rich heiress. Connected with the foregoing story are the loves of Antonia and Sebastian, who are friends of Ignacio and Claudine.
The characters of Martinique, Brazilio, Hector, and Ursula, fur: nish the materials for a minor plot~Hector and Ursula, are cousins, whose uncle has left them a large sum of money on condition they marry together--to this arrangement they are equally averse, but the avarice of Hector determines him to comply with it and enjoy the whole legacy, rather than divide it with Ursula-by a trick of Brazilio's, however, he is enlisted for a soldier, and the fair division of the legacy is the condition on which he is released. Martinique is the attendant of Ignacio, who, before be sees Claudine at the as. sembly, sends him in quest of her to her former cottage residence, but Martinique having been let into the secret that the young Marchioness is the very lady to whom he is sent, remains concealed and joins his sweetheart Ursula to aid her lady įu the innocent deception practised on the Count.
Jeronymo is an old civil officer of the city, who assumes to be deaf or blind as his convenience suits--aud Frederico is a sea captain, who, having been formerly Ignacio's rival with Claudine, and seeing her again in her cottage habit, lays a plan to carry her off, and by rousing Ignacio to reseue her, hastens his decision, and thus gives him an opportunity of proving himself worthy of her. The piece then concludes with the triple union of Ignacio and Claudine, Antonia and Sebastian, Ursula and Martinique.
The bustle and variety which prevail throughout this opera render it very entertaining; the characters are not forcible, but they are pleasantly sketched, and produce all the effect which can reasonably be expected from a piece written in subservience to musical aid, and abounding with songs and duetts. The dialogue possesses considerable neatness and point, and the lyrical part of the opera is well written. The business is perhaps overloaded, and from the multiplicity of characters, the plot is somewhat perplexed; but upon the whole Two Faces under a Hood is creditable to its author, and possesses so many attractions that no doubt every body will be anxious to have a peep at them.
The music is furnished by our great English composer Shield, who has exerted his extraordinary abilities in the happiest mauner ; the several airs are elegantly composed, and the concerted pieces managed in the usual masterly style of this writer. Mrs. Dickons contributed essentially to the success of the opera by her executton of the songs allotted to her; the first, a ballad, the second a polacca; the third in the Scots style; the fourth a bravura ; in all of which her exquisite taste and science were most admirably displayed. The applause she received was unbounded. Incledon has three songs, one of which is well adapted to his fine yoice and spirited execution; Fawcett has an excellent comic song, very effective both 'as to words and music, and another has been added since the first vight in which he is equally fortunate. Miss Bolton sung one song very pleasingly, with a flute obligato accompaniment, which was delightfully executed by Mr. W. Parke. Bellamy alşo exerted his yocal powers with great felicity.
We cannot conclude our remarks on this opera without congratulating the public on Mr. Shield's return to the stage, and expressing a hope that nothing may again occur to interrupt the harmony which at present subsists between him and the proprietors of Covent Garden Theatre. He has sold his music for eight hundred pounds to Clemeuti.
Mr. Laurent is engaged at Drury-lane, and will appear in the Christmas Pantomime.
Madame Catalani has declined the Engagement offered her by Mr. Taylor for the Opera. The terms proposed were 5000 Guineas, with a stipulation that she should perform both in the Serious and Comic Opera.
The dispute between Mr. Taylor and Mr. Waters is for the present referred to arbitration, and it is supposed that a Compromise will take place to prevent the Demolition of the whole concern by the Decision of the Lord Chancellor, whose sarage soul is not to be sooth. ed by the charms of Music.
A Comedy is forthcoming at Drury-lane from the pen of a Mr. Lee.
A Tragedy at the same theatre is also announced as in rehearsal.
The melo-drama of the Blind Boy is from the French, and is said to abound with interesting situation. The music by Davy.
Barrymore has joined Macready at Manchester..
Mr. Frederick Jones, the Dublin Manager, is said to be in treaty for the Drury-lane property.
The Young Roscius has been adding to his profits, already immense, and some say to his reputation, by his performances at Margate, Deal, Dover, and as he has tried several new characters; Douglas in Percy, Sir Edward Mortimer, Hotspur, Jeremy Diddler, Looney Mactwolter, &c.
Mrs. H Johnston is expected to make her appearance soon after Christmas
Cooke still remairs, willy nilly, at Appleby, notwithstanding the empty benches of Covent-Garden.
Mr, Theodore Hook is preparing a piece for Drury-Laue. Lionel and Clarissa is in rehearsal at Drury Lane; Lionel by Mr. Braham; Clarissa, Miss Lyon.
Mr. Trotter the manager of the Worthing Theatre, is about to erect a new theatre at Gravesend.
Barrymore having quitted his situation at Drury Lane, has joined Macready's Company at Manchester.
It is erroneously stated in all the newspapers, that the late Mrs. Macklin was originally Macklin's servant. Our account of this lady in a preceding page may be relied upon.
A comedy from Mr. Colman is expected at Covent Garden in the course of the season.
A grand ballet by Mr. D'Egville on the subject of St. George and the Champions of England, is said to be preparation at Drury Lane.