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THE DRAMA.

HAY-MARKET THEATRE.

The great success that has attended as Chronicle, Liston as Clod, Harley the continual representation of the as Splatterdash, Miss Loveas Araminta, new operatic comedy Sweethearts and and Miss Chester as Dinah Primrose, Wives, of which we gave an account received and deserved great approin our last number, bas precluded the bation. Liston's representation of a necessity of introducing many new clownish servant was eminently ludipieces, and, therefore, our critical du crous, and admirably contrasted with ties during the month at this theatre Harley's foppish one. Although this have been light. We must not, how. comedy is not one of the best specimens ever, forget to mention the production of the old school, yet it is so full of of a new farce called Spanish Bonds, ludicrous combinations that we bope or, Wars in Wedlock; but we will not to see it again. fatigue our readers with a detail of the The opera of the The Barber of plot, as the piece was unsuccessful, Seville has also been performed with and Liston, Vining, and Mrs. Chatterly great success. Liston's Figaro, and exerted their acknowledged talents in Miss Paton's Rosina were certainly vain; it is gone to the tomb of all the the greatest attractions, but, as we Capulets," and all we can say on this have repeatedly noticed their perforoccasion is de mortuis nil.

mance of these characters at the Winter This theatre experiences a most suc Theatres, we need not expatiate upon cessful season, richly deserved by the their merits on the present occasion. manager, the performers, and the au We cannot conclude our short account thor of Sweethearts and Wives. This of this theatre without noticing, with drama is a great favourite with the deserved praise, the great merits of public and will become a stock piece: Mrs. Chatterley; we were among the the plot has interest and incident, with first to pronounce that this lady would out the confusion too often their atten rise to a considerable eminence in public dant: the humour is softened by re favour, and our prophecy has been compeated touches of pathos, that makes pletely verified. Her comic versatility a pleasing contrast and variety. The in a one act piece, called Twelre Pre. songs are judiciously interspersed, re cisely, always ensures great applause, lieving without too forcibly disuniting and the piece is, therefore, often re. the dialogue, and tend materially to peated. She personates five different heighten the constant interest of characters with an ever-changiog vathe scene. Liston in Billy Lackaday riety. should be seen by every votary of We congratulate the proprietors on Momus. We regret the retirement of the crowded audiences tbat frequent Madame Vestris from this theatre, this theatre. This great success, alwhose character, Laura, is represented most without a parallel, is as compliby Miss Love,

mentary to the good taste of the publi O'Keefe's comedy of the Young as it is highly fattering and advanta. Quaker has been performed during the geous to the proprietors and the permonth, after a lapse of five years. The formers. characters were strongly cast : Terry

ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE.

SINCE our last notice of this theatre, it has acquired much celebrity by the return of Mr. Matthews, and by the introduction of two new pieces, which are deserving of particular attention as they have proved more than usually successful. The first, which possesses priority of consequence as well as primogeniture, is called Presumption, a

piece, in three acts, founded on the romance of Frankenstein, by Mrs. Shelly, who is the widow of Mr. Byshe Shelly, and the daughter of Mrs. Wol. stoncraft Godwin, a name in its day of great celebrity, and with which all our readers must be acquainted. The dra. matis persona are as follow;

Frankenstein... Mr. Wallack. sustained by Mr. Wallack; and the De Lacy, (a banished

remorse, consequent on the impiety gentleman ..

....., Mr. Rowbotham. of attempting to rival the Deity in the Felix de Lacy (his son) Mr. Pearman. formation of his poblest work, strongly Clerval (betrothed to

pourtrayed. The monster in the bands Elizabeth) ......Mr. J. Bland. of Mr. T. P. Cooke is of appalling inFritz (servant to Fran

lerest, and the deep silence of the aukenstein) . Mr. Keeley. dience during his presence on the stage (-.--.--)

Mr.T. P. Cooke, is tbe best panegyric to bis talents : Elizabeth (sister of

he has to execute a task of no ordinary Frankenstein) ..,Mrs. Austin. difficulty; and, although he has not Agatha de Lacy (affianc

the faculty of speech imparted to him, ed to Frankenstein)Miss L. Dance. . be conveys to the audience, by the Ninon, (wife of Fritz) Mrs. J. Weippert, energy of his action and gestures, a Safie (an Arabian girl) Miss Povey. perfect knowledge of the very extraor

dinary and novel character be repreThe chief event of the play is the sents. In the commencement he ex. formation of a buman being by a chemi hibits kindly feelings, and saves Agacal combination; one of those wild tha De Lacy from drowning. But, theories that haunted the imaginations being fired at by her brother, and reof learned men during the infant state pelled by all with horror, he becomes of knowledge just emerging from the malignant, revengeful, and an habitual barbarous iguorance of the middle perpetrator of all kinds of mischief. ages. Frankenstein is a Swiss devoted He carries off and destroys a child, to chemistry and the occult sciences. puts gipseys to the route, shoots a From reading the works of the alche woman; and, finally pursued by Franmists he has been led to the discovery kenstein, he kills bim at the foot of a of the principle of life. He commences glacier. But here his career closes; the formation of a man out of the relics Frankenstein falling fires his pistol, of the church-yard and the dissecting an avalanche rolls down; and at the rooms. He, after an effort of years, instant overwhelms the monster. accomplishes his object; but his new The female performers have no very formation, a being eight feet high and prominent parts to perform, being hideously ugly, terrifies bim at first chiefly occupied in singing. A burnsight; he abjures the work of his hands, ing house, set on fire by the monster, and the giant sets out upon his career. was well managed ; and the escape of All human beings of course start back the dramatis persone was very critical from an intercourse with this unnatural and complete. Cooke represented the stranger, and he becomes a bater of monster in this melo-drama with con. all human nature. But his revenge is siderable ability; we could not but ad. most fiercely expended on his fabrica- mire his expression of incipient inteltor's connections. He strangles Fran, Ject and matured feeling when he kenstein's brother, then kills his bride; listened to the alternations of varied and, finally, to exact the full tribute musick, when he first beheld the lovely of his vengeance, stands before the form of woman, and felt the insinuating unfortunate Swiss, and declares him influence of love; and also when for the self the author of this chain of butchery first time he experienced the destruc. Frankensteid, after having made a so tive power of fire. Presumption has lemn yow to destroy the monster he been acted, we believe, every 'night had expended his time, health, and during the month, and must have been talents in creating, pursues bim for very beneficial to the treasury. that purpose, and at the moment of his The other novelty we have to ansuccess they are both overwhelmed nounce is, a petite piece ip two acts in an avalanche of snow.

called, I will have a Wife. It has no The adaptation of this unnatural claims to originality, being translated story is by Mr. Peake, a gentleman, from Le Capitaine Belronde, of Picard, who is the author of several successful by Mr. Planche, as we understand. pieces expressly written for this thea. The plot consists in the perplexities of tre; and, we must confess, that on the a Gallant Admiral, named Firedrake present occasion he has shewn consi. Mr. Bartley, who being advanced in derable talent in making that interest - life, resolves to cheer his retirement ing to an intense degree, which in its by the presence of a wife, and for that very nature is repugnant to all the purpose invites three young ladies and better feelings of the human heart. an old one (the aunt of one of them) to The character of Frankenstein is ably his mansion in the country. The Ad

mirals gallantry is directed, in the first presentation of sea-sickness made us instance, towards the young ladies, deeply sympathise with all the horrors Mrs. Somerville, Miss Carr; Isabella, of a maiden voyage. But perhaps the Miss Dance; and Miss Rosebank, Miss best of all is his Major Longbow, of Povey; but being successively rejected whom a contemporary critic says, " The by each, he is obliged at last to content inimitable, imaginative and super-verahimself with Mrs. Ogilvy, another wi. cious Major Longbow, who had been dow, but one whose time of life corres- everywhere and seen all things; who ponds more nearly with his own. The knew every one, and had done all humour of the piece turns on the timi. things—the wisest, the strongest, the dity of his addresses, the obstinacy of bravest, and the best of all conceivable his determination, and the frequency Majors, in comparison with whom Mubof his disappointments; for it is his chausen was but a rush-light, and Ferhard fate to find, that the young widow nandez Mendez Pinto a mere pretenis betrothed to Captain O'Leary, Mr. der--the preur-chevalier of fiction, the Power; Isabella to Merton, Mr. Baker; hero of gasconade, the Bobadil of and Miss Rosebank to Charles, his own boasting, and the prince of liars! It nephew, Mr. Pearman. The principal is the height of nonsense to call Macharacter is that which Mr. Bartley thews a mimic or an imitator after such performs, and he did great justice to a performance. Wilkie is just such the poor Admiral's repeated attacks on a mimic, and Raphael such an imitator. the fair sex. Mr. Power was equally It is a real genuine impersonation of humourous in his personification of the abstract principle of bullying and the Irishman : bis brogue is rich, his lying, and as such we look op to it conception correct, and there is none with marvelling and delight." We of that over-activg in his portrait of have also seep Matthews in the charac. Irish peculiarities which our stage too ter of Morbleu, in the laughable farce frequently affords. The names of Mr. of Mousieur Tonson. We think higher Pearman and Miss Povey will shew of this performance than some persons that the vocal department was in good do, although every one agrees that it hands. Upon the whole, this little is “ correct, laughable, and clever."drama was so well got up, and presents We never enjoyed a farce with more among its own recommendations so unmixed pleasure, as regards the remuch of the light aud the lively, that presentation of the principle character, we shall not be surprised to find it run and we are sorry our limits will not at to the full extent of the season.

present permit us to enter into the peThe last, although not least pleasing culiarities of this remnent of the old part of our duty, is to say something of regime. Miss Lovisa Dance, although the return of Mr. Matthews from his she never draws deeply on the riches transatlantic theatrical tour. We are of nature, was interesting in Adolhappy to announce that his excursion phine. Mrs. Tayleure, though a little has been by no means injurious to either too extravagant, in Mad. Betgarde, his health or his extraordinary comic supported her character with considerpowers. His re-appearance on these able talent and nature. Mr. Brown, in boards was of course hailed with en- the Lawyer's Clerk, is, as lawyer's thusiastic plaudits, and he continues clerks generally are, very cox-comito be received every evening with the cal and offensive. Wrench, as Tom most distinguished and gratifying ap King, is as usual vivacious, easy, and probation. There is perhaps not a bustling. We wish Miss Holloway, more perfect piece of acting on the who is a pretty interesting girl, would stage ihan his performance in the Polly become more easy and natural; she Packet : his Irish Steward was uncom should remember that in good acting monly rich; his Monsieur Jeu-singe there is not a particle of affectation. exceedingly interesting; and his re.

POLITICAL DIGEST.

WAEN we last performed our duty confidently anticipated would lead to of giving our readers a statement of the consummation of all their wishes; the political situation of Europe, affairs that crisis, however, has now been in Spain were hastening to that crisis reached, and the Bourbon cause apwhich the Bourbon governmont had pears as far, if not farther, froin its an.

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ticipated conclusion than before the tant. In our last publication we anoccupation of Madrid, or the blockade nounced the nefarious treachery by of Cadiz by the French. The enemy which Morillo had yielded the impor. have now traversed the whole Penin tant province of Gallicia to the enemy. sula, without the exception of a single General Bourcke, however, has reaped province; they bave occupied the capi po great advantages from the crime, tal, thrown the civil government of the to the perpetration of which he had country into the hands of a Spanish bribed this renegade Spaniard; for, up aristocracy, they have resorted to the to the last actounts which have been most extensive and criminal system of received from the North of Spain, (151h bribery; neither niorality, religion, nor instant) General Bourcke had only been honour, bas restrained them in their able to capture Ferrol and Vigo; all efforts to attain their objects ; and yet, his efforts against Corunna had been in point of ultimate result, they have repulsed up to the 12th instant, and effected nothing. The extremes of he had lost more time and more lives superstition, of bigotry, and of civil before that place than the possession tyranny and injustice, which marked of it was worth. all the deliberation and measures of In Catalonia a number of partial enthat aristocratic regency, which the gagements have taken place between French had selected for governing the different corps of Moncey's army, Spain, had rendered it totally unfit for and the corps of Mina and his assisany functions of government, even in tants, Milans, Llobera, and Manzo. Of the lowest and most degraded state of these actions we have received only social existence, and the Duke d’An. the French accounts, and from such gouleme had found himself compelled accounts it is evident that many of the to reduce the regency to a mere nomi. fights have terminated in favour of the Dal authority, by dividing Spain into Spaniards, whilst others, which have military districts, and giving the com been favourable to the enemy, have mand of such districts to his own offi. been contested with a resolution that

But the perseverance of this has inflicted a loss upon the enemy, Council of Regency in their narrow most inconvenient to the situation of views, and arbitrary princi ples, has their affairs. Marshal Moncey has not sinee compelled the Duke d'Angouleme been able to obtain possessions of any publically to thwart all their measures, of the fortified places in Catalonia, and, to liberate those whom they bad im- although he has invested Barcelona, prisoned, to declare their proceedings no apprehensions whatever are enterto be incompatible with the safety of tained for the safety of that place, the French armies, and, finally, to re. whilst the blockading force is repeatduce their authority to a mere nullity. edly attacked, either by sorties from These events prove either a thorough the garrisou, or by Guerilla parties want of judgment in the French, in from the mountains. selecting their political friends, or The naval blockade of Cadiz appears that the Duke d'Angouleme has found to be very imperfect, and the succeshis first principles so thoroughly in sion of the Levant and of the S.W. consistent with the spirit of the age, wiods, which invariably blow off that that he thinks it convenient to abandon coast in the autumn, will soon drive or discard his origioal agents and emis the French fleet from their station. saries, and to come into more moderate The military blockade of Cadiz apmeasures. The Duke is, in fact, glad pears very little to annoy the inhabi. to meet the Constitutionalists half way, tants, whilst the Spaniards bave effect. and is evidently more desirous of form ed one sortie, in which they succeeded ing a connexion with them than of con in their design of destroying a part of tinuing his alliance with the royalist the enemy's works. The best possible party. This situation of affairs is con

spirit appears to pervade all ranks of clusive evidence, that the original people in Cadiz, which may be styled views of the French, and their estimate the Athens of Spain, for the inhabiof the sense of the Spanish people upon tants, from their long and frequent inwhich they justified their invasion of tercourse with the more enlightened Spain, have been totally fallacious, and parts of Europe and of America, have in reason and in principle the Duke become, by far, more advanced in d'Angouleme ought to give over his knowledge than the rest of their design, by withdrawing his army into countrymen. France.

The Duke d'Angouleme baving left The details of the military operations Spaio for Andalusia, in order to open of the month are by no means impor- a negociation with the Cortes, and to

superintend the military operations in of General Zayas, who was second to that province, the Cortes ordered Ge- Ballasteros before his going over to neral Ballasteros to break up from Va the enemy, and if it be directed with lencia to enter Andulusia at its S.E. ex talents and energy, it is in a situation to tremity, to operate in the rear of the inflict the greatest possible injury upon enemy, and in the event of serious re the invaders. The Guerilla system verses to retreat through Estramadura is becoming daily of great annoyance aud Leon. Accordingly this officer to the enemy, and the people of Spain broke up from Valencia, but upon his seem totally averse to the old regime, entering Andalusia after a slight red- being either tame spectators of the contre with the enemy, he threw off struggle, or joining Guerilla bodies in the mask, avowed his treason to the favour of the constitution. The ter. Cortes, and ordered all his officers, mination of the war in Spain will affect particularly those who commanded the intellectual and moral condition of Pamplona, St. Sebastian, and Santona, mankind for many ages, and, therefore, to submit to the enemy. These orders must be viewed with peculiar interest bave, however, been rejected with in- by every enlightened mind. If the dignation by the parties to whom they Cortes be firm in rejecting the terms, and were addressed. The soldiers also re- in resisting the bribery of the French, fused with unanimity to follow the ex. there is almost a certainty of our seeing ample of their leader, and the French the defeat of one of the most nefarious have, therefore, acquired nothing by the attempts that was ever made to impose crimes of Ballasteros, but bis individual despotism, with all its moral and in. accession to their cause. The army of tellectual evils, upon maukind. Ballasteros is now under the command

MONTHLY MEMORANDA.

THE KING.-It is determined, that, Rev. A. Nott; patron F. F. Bean, Esq. on the 1st of September, the King shall The Hon.abd Rev. W. Eden, M. A to take possession of his apartments in become one of the six Preachers in CanWindsor Palace, which are now quite terbury Cathedral; patrou, the Archready to receive the Royal Party, al- bishop-The Rev.W. Knatchbull, L.D. though the accommodations there are to the Rectory of Aldington - cumexceedingly limited : for it is found Smeeth, Kent.The Rev. F. Barrow, impossible, and, perhaps, it would be M.A. to the Vicarage of St. Mary, Sandunjust, to dispossess many of the fami- wich; patron, the Hon. the Archdealies, who have occupied apartments in con of Canterbury. - The Rev. S. F. the Castle for a great many years. Sadler, S.C.L. of Balliol College, Ox

The King has been pleased to appoint ford, to the Rectory of Sutton-under. Henry Gompertz, Esq. to be one of his Brailes, Gloucestershire; patron, the Majesty's Honourable Band of Gentle Bishop of London.-- The Rev.G.M. Colemen Pensioners in Ordinary to his ridge, of Christ Church, Oxford, to the Majesty. Also Robert Laurie, Gentle. Prebendal Stall of Whitchurch, in the man, to the Office of Rouge Croix, Cathedral of Wells, vacant by the death Poursuivant of Arms, vacant by the of the Archdeacon of Norwich.-The resignation of William Radclyfte. Rev. F. Bedford, M.A. Reetor of Belch

The new quadrangle at Trinity Col ford, has been presented, by C. B. Mas. Jege, Cambridge, is to be called the singberd, Esq. to the valuable living of King's Court, by His Majesty's graci. South Ormsby, with Ketsby, Calceby, ous permission.-At a grand common and Driby adnexed, Lipconshire - The day of the Corporation of Cambridge, Lord Bishop of Lincoln has conferred on Saturday last, Alexander Scott Ab upon the Rev. E. Edwards, M A. of bott, Esq. was elected Mayor of that Huntingdon, the Prebend or Canonry town, for the ensuing year.

of Leighton Bromswold, in the CathePREFERMENTS. - The Rev. G. H. dral Church of Lincolo, vacant by the Curtois, A.M. to the rectory of South death of the Rev. T. Cowper. Willingham, Lincolnshire; patron, G. PROMOTIONS. 2d Regiment of R. Heneage, Esq. - The Rev. W.B. Foot; Lieot.-Colonel John Rolt, from Robjoson, A.M. Chaplain to Viscount the balf pay, to be Lieut-Colonel, vice Dungannon, to the Rectory of Littling- John Jordon, who exchanges.-Captain ton, Sussex, vacant by the death of the Jobo Williams, to be Major, by pur

chase, vice Gordon, who retires.

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