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DRURY LANE THEATRE.
PREPARATORY to the opening of will evaporate without inconveniencing this Theatre, which takes place on the, the audience, or tarnishing the embel1st of October, the day of publication lishments. The corners of the Upper of our present number, considerable Gallery have been reduced, and the expense bas been bestowed in cleans. view from that part will consequently ing and beautifying the interior. The be improved. The second circle of improvements that were presented to Boxes above tbe dress bas uodergone the public, during the last season, considerable changes. Two Private were gay and handsome, but they had Boxes bave been formed on eaeh side, been hastily effected, and the rapidity and a species of basket has been added. of the performance prevented them to the backs of the others, bringing from receiving that finish and stability, the back of that tier to the distance at which are always most desirable. which it stood from the stage prior to Since the close, the managers and the alterations of last season. To she mechanist have been occupied in en. back of the first circle six Private endeavouring to give a general polish Boxes have been added, similar to to the alterations they so prosperously those already known in the Dress commenced. Two new water tanks Circle. A tier of chandeliers is also have been placed over the roof, in ad to illumine this circle, and, very dition 10 the two already there, but judiciously, wax-candles will be in rewhich were not deemed competent to quisition, and pot gas. In the Dress effectual service. The planking of the Circle we are aware of nothing new's ceiling bad shrunk considerably from indeed no alteration could have imthe work being new, or the timber proved it in comfort or elegance.green, and prior even to the close of The Pit has experienced some slight the season vacuities, which had the improvements, which are calculated to appearance of rents, were palpably facilitate the entrance and exit of the visible. This has been remedied, the audience. The seats throughout the interstices having been filled, and the house are to be fresh covered, and the ceiling fresh coloured and gilded. Ad. cmbellishments retouched. The alterditional embellishments have also been ations in the ceiling have been effected inserted in the divisions, at a distance by the use of a scaffold extremely neat, from the centre, consisting of a honey. convenient, and economical: it confers suckle with a scroll on either side to considerable credit on its ingenious each partition. The chandelier has inventor, In the mechanism behind the been dismounted, and assumes a differ. scenes there is nothing new; two new eut shape. The lights are removed drop scenes have been painted, one reconsiderably closer to the ceiling. The sembling an immense picture in frames; whole of the drops, of which, we be and the flies, wings, and the rest of lieve, there are about 20,000, are to be the scenery have been relieved and formed into a kind of bell, having the strengthened. The Saloon has been appearance of a dome inverted; the fresh painted and ornamented, and we lights will be inside, so that if well apprebend that the entrances, &c. will constructed there will not only be a undergo the same renovation. perfect radiation, but the offensive gas
COPENT GARDEN THEATRE.
This Theatre, during the recess, case has been erected from the lobby has undergone very great improve of the first circle to the saloon on the ments, and together with its distin- second, which has been decorated guished rival Drury Lane opens its thea with considerable elegance. The trical campaign on the 1st of October. statues still remain, and the blocks on
The entrance has been beautified, which they stand have been reined the saloons and lobbies have been with iufpite taste and delicacy. The throughout repainted and re-embel. marble imitation on the pillars standlished and a very convenient stair- ing at either side is unnecessarily bold
and glaring. The embellishments of sible, added to the effect of the pros. the lower saloon appear finished, tasty, cenium, which has so often attracted and in perfect accordance with the unqualified admiration. The hollow of principal decorations of the rest of the the proscenium, in accordance with house : indeed this admirable discre- the ceiling, is an imitation of sky; the tion has been generally observed, and embellishments are rich but cbaste ; with a few triling exceptions the effect and from the art of the painter, added produced by the fresh arrangements is to the exquisite taste and finish of the uninterrupted and unique. The whole architect, the entire has a most beauof the interior has been re-decorated. tiful appearance. The second and first The ceiling has assumed an entirely tiers of boxes remain in form and size povel appearance. That strange con as last season; they have been re. trivance, or shoot, which had been painted and newly lined. The dress affixed to it for the purpose of draw. cirle has been reduced in depth, and ing off superabundant gas, has been brought to convenient dimensions ; swept away, the pannelling removed, backs also have been added to the and the whole surface reduced to a seats ; chairs would have been more plane. The chandelier resembles many convenient and more enticing. The of the thousands which have preceded fronts of the boxes have been altoit, and from its size and richness will gether newly ornamented; the field have a brilliant effect. A small circle colour is bright yellow, the embellishis struck around the centre of the ments of the upper circles consist of ceiliog, which is ornamented with masks, circles, mouldings, &c. and, in lyres, produced on a dark field colour. those of the lower circle, the three The surface within the grand circle pational emblems are the most strikrepresents the sky; the edge of the ing objects. The effect is light, rich, principal embellishment which encom- and varied. Backs have been given passes it is ornamented with the thistle to the alternate seats of the pit, which and shamrock, while the centre of the are covered in uniformity with the embellishment is occupied by the rose, general colour of the backs of the There are other circles of gilding still boxes, &c. which is, as it was before, more distant from the centre, one of red. The stage doors have been rewhich is remarkable for great delicacy moved. If we may judge of the future and neatness of execution. It is a from the judgment and liberality disspecies of fancy net-work, but its played in what has already been done, beauties, from their minuteness, are it may be confidently expected that no hardly discernable at a distance. The slighi pegligence will be allowed to pigeon-holes have been fitted up by a mar the general effect, or to raise a handsome curve of pannelling, formed doubt of the supreme excellence of from the ceiling to the upper part of Covent-garden in all that appertains the slips. This alteration has improved to “scenery, machinery, and decorathe general appearance, and, if pos
The managers of this Theatre, before translation, or rather an adaptation the appearance of our present pum from the French by Mr. Lunn, author ber, will almost have brought their la- of Family Jars, consists io its situabours to a close for the present season, tions, which, though they cannot boast and we cannot help expressing our of much variety, are exceedingly most decided approbation of the liberal comic. Charles Gayfare (Mr. Vining), and judicious manner in which they the son of a London Alderman, is in bave catered for the public amuse love with Ellen Courtly (Miss Love), ment, and their exertions, we are also the daughter of a Baronet, who is aphappy to add, must have been most pointed ambassador to Denmark. The productive to their treasury.
lovers are of course in despair at their Amongst the various revivals of approaching separation, but as Cupid esteemed dramas, the managers have never deserts his votaries, especially produced, during the past month, two in plays or novels, he suggests an ex.. new pieces, The Great Unknown, and pedient to the enamoured pair. Sir Fish out of Water ; the former not Charles Courtly is in want of a Secrehaving been approved by the public tary, and Charles resolves to apply we shall pass over, that we may more for the situation. But Sir Charles is fully describe the latter, which has also io want of a cook, and from this been eminently successful. The chief circumstance arises the humour of the merit of Fish out of Water, which is a scene. Samuel Savoury (Mr. Liston),
a professed cook, applies for the latter his master, and the young folks are office, but through the mistake of the married to the satisfaction of all parSteward, who is authorised to make ties. Mr. Liston's part is the most both engagements, he is invested with prominent, and his exertions were the more dignified post of Secretary. crowned with the most decided success. Shortly after, the young gentleman His terror on proceeding to the fatal arrives, and rather than be separated effort of penmanship, by which he is from the mistress of his affections, he discovered, was truly ridiculous, and accepts the only vacant situation, his agony on being attacked with a which is that of cook. The two no pain in the jaw, when commanded to vices are soon brought into action, write a word of three syllables, threw Charles is ordered to prepare some the whole House into a roar. Mr. chocolate for breakfast, and Savoury Vining displayed a good deal of viva10 write a diplomatic dispatch. They city. Mr. Williams, as the Stercard, are equally awkward and incompetent acquitted bimself as he always does, in the performance of their respective with judgment and humour; and Miss duties, but by changing parts for a Love, who had little else to do than moment the difficulty is overcome. sing a few charming airs, sang them in Unhappily for poor Savoury, his letter a style which refleets credit on her is much approved of, and the manner talents.--Upon the whole, we have ju which he receives the Baronet's seldom seep an afterpiece more powercompliments on the occasion, affords a fully supported, or more agreeably high comic treat. But this state of written. The dialogue is easy and upthings could not last long; Saroury's pretendivg, and the characters, though ignorance is discovered by his bad not remarkable for povelty, are well spelling in another letter dictated by contrasted.
ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE.
The managers of this pretty little An original operetta called A-Durtheatre have been indefatigable during a-Day has been produced, and it has the last month in providing variety if experienced considerable success. not povelty to procure the public fa We are sorry we cannot fiod room vour; and we are happy in being able for the plot of this new piece as usual, to state our belief, that the close of for it is one of the liveliest pieces their season is as beneficial to their which we have seen at this lively treasury, as their unwearied endeavours theatre. It pretends pot to wit; but, to please the public taste amply merit. in comicality of situation, and conAmong the numerous revivals of dramas stancy of pun, it excels. The characfer curtailed into one or two acts, we can of Plush is very amusingly drawinot omit mentioning the following, illustrations from the shop-board" which the excellent acting of Mat- are laughable, and Bartley took care thews, Miss Kelly, Rayner, &c. ren not a single point should be lost. His dered very attractive, and compensated dress, somewhat à la Liston, had a for the remorseless severity of the good effect, avd bis " full round belly, pruning knife. Mrs. Centlivre's Co with good cabbage lived," bespoke bim medy of Marplot in Spain, the sequel the jolliest of taitors. The scene in to the Busy Body, has been curtailed which he appears as Old Rakely, and into a two act operatic entertainment, endeavours to put on the gentleman, as called Too Curious by Half. That he would put on an ill-fitting coat, was Lady's Bold Stroke for a Wife has highly comic; and his last scene, where also been metamorphosed into a two all bis hopes of remuneration are des act opera, entitled Guardians Out- troyed, was equally good. Baker played witted, in order to afford the managers Young Rakely with more ease and ani. an advantageous opportunity of dis mation than he usually exhibits. The playing the versatile talents of Mr. part of Shirk was supported in a very Matthews in the character of Colonel pleasant manner by Mr. W. Chapman. Fainwell.--Killing no Murder has also Mrs. J. Weippert was a very pert and been cut down to a one act piece, up a very agreeable fille de chambre. Her der the title of A Day at an Inn. lightness of motion and volubility of Among the revivals we must notice tongue formed an amusing contrast to the Wags of Windsor, the Highland the modest, staid, and sober demeanour Reel, and Hit or Miss with the cha of Miss Carr, who appeared as Caroracter of Dick Cypher by that un- line. equalled comic actor Matthews.
The affairs of Europe and of Ame those ofthe Cabinet of Paris; the French rica have assumed, during the last ministers feeling convinced of the nemonth, an aspect bighly interesting to cessity of moderating arbitary princithe speculative politician. In Spain, ples to the more liberal spirit of the the Bourbon troops have had an unin- times, whilst the desire of the Spanish terrupted course of success, except in royalists is to establish the extremes Catalonia, but their successes appear of political tyranny and of religious to have no effect upon the ultimate re intolerence. This contradiction of sult of the struggle, which, it would views may lead to important results, seem, has more relation to the public but it would be useless to speculate feeling of the country than to military upon the future destinies of Spain, operation. Corunna and Pampeluna have when, in all probability, one month been taken by the French, the whole of more will put the public in possession the patriot forces in Galicia have sur of more certain and extensive data for rendered, and the fort and Peninsula reflection. opposite Cadiz, known by the name of It is known to our readers that Mr. the Trocadero, have been taken by a Blaquiere, the patriotic and intelligent brilliant coup-de-main. Ballasteros author of a History of the Spanish Recontinues at the head of his army in volution, had been despatched by the 'the North-east of Castile, without the Greek Committee to the Morea, for the submission to the enemy that his re purpose of ascertaining the real state ported treason had led us to anticipate; of affairs in Greece. That gentleman, but, at the same time, without attempts having returned from bis mission, has ing any military operations in favour published two reports which put the of his country. In Catalonia, the French public in possession of much useful inare evidently reduced to defensive ope- formation respecting the war between rations. After various petty successes the Greeks and Turks. The Greek over the French forces, Milans has Constitution is now settled upon the fought one great battle with Moncey representative principles of those of in person; the forces on each side England and North America. Five of were estimated at about ten thousand the representatives form the executive men, and the issue of the contest was government, with the addition of a the defeat of the enemy by a simul. minister for foreign affairs. The whole taneous charge of the bayonet along male population of the Morea is drilled the whole line, the French losing about for the purpose of defence against the 1700 men, and the Spaniards acknow. Turks, but such is the want of arms ledging a loss of about 600. This batand of money, that not above one-third tle is of immense importance, as it es of these brave people can be reridered tablishes the fact, that the Spaniards efficient in the field. The patriotic have at length brought their armies to soldiers serve without pay and merely a state of discipline and confidence for their subsistence; they have been which enables them to fight in large often destitute of shoes, of clothing, bodies, and to practice manoeuvres on and almost of food, and yet these brave an extended field of battle. If the men, inspired by their love of freedom, Spanish troops in the other provinces have sometimes marched forty miles a could be brought to an equal state of day, have successfully fought against discipline, the war would assume a the most formidable armies of the totally different aspect. Negociations Turks, and have inflicted on those have been carrying on between the armies a loss of about 100,000 men ; Duke d'Angouleme and the govern- finally rescuing from their oppressors ment of Cadiz, but without leading to the whole of the Morea or Pelepon. any pacific result, and the enemy pur nesus, the whole of Attica, Bætia, pose an attack upon the Isla and Citi. Phocis, Doris, Locris, a part of Epirus, del; which, however, there is every and most of the larger islands of reason to believe, they will not com Greece. M. Blaquiere represeuts the mence unless they previously succeed navy to consist of 20,000 excellent in seducing some of the Sp ish Com. seamen, and to be in a condition to manders from their duty by means of maintain a supremacy at sea, but bribery. The views of the Spanish Re- that its operations are often delaygency, and the ultra party in Spain are ed or frustrated for want of adequate evidently diametrically opposite to funds. The finances of the Greeks are