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DRURY LANE THEATRE.
The winter theatres are now in poots, of causing their infant daugh. full activity, striving to obtain pub. ters to be immolated at the inoment of lic favour, but Mr. Elliston still their birth. Jam Saheb, Rajah of Gukeeps the superiority be obtained last zerat, Mr. Younge, at the earnest reseason, and almost every night brings quest of his dying wife, copsents to him an overflowing house. Since save from the common lot of females, we wrote our last dramatic article, a their infant daughter, Zamine, Miss L Mrs. Bunn, formerly Miss Somerville, Kelly. She is reared up as a Prince, has made her re-appearance at this the secret of her sex being concealed theatre after an absence of six years. from all, save one or two faithful doAs this lady appears destined to super mestics. In process of time a war sede Mrs. W. West in the more im breaks out between Acbar, Emperor portant characters in tragedy, we shall of Delhi, Mr. Powell, and Jam Sakeb. have frequent occasions to appreciate For the purpose of terminating the cooher talents; her re-appearance was as test, the Emperor offers the band of Bianca, in Mr. Milman's tragedy of his daughter Dessa, to the supposed Fazio, and her reception was extremely Prince Žamine ; wben, after much heflattering. We hear that Bianca is sitation, Jum Saheb confesses that the Mrs. Bunn's best character; her per individual who had been reared as a formance was certainly not destitute of Prince was, in fact, a Princess. Ma. merit, although we think her action in karra, Mr. Wallack, the grand Brabmany parts much too violent and more min of the tribe, hears this intelligence adapted to please the galleries than the with delight. He falls incontinently in pit; and, indeed, this was fully proved love with the Princess, and, working by the audience, the genteel part of on the religious scruples of her father, which applauded her only once during causes her to be carried to the Pagoda the entire representation : however of Brahma, at Juggernautha. Here he we must, in justice to this lady, state urges his passion to the fair one-sbe that she laboured under a great disad must either become his, or be sacrivantage in pot having a more able sup ficed to the idol on the banks of the porter in the character of Fazio, which Ganges. The lady rejects the Brahwas confided to a very incompetent min's suit, and she is, after a silly performer. Mrs. Bunn's talents as a effort to escape, carried to the place of tragic actress, we think after seeing execution. Here, however, her father, her in several characters, are not of assisted by an English officer, Captain the first order, she is an extremely Mordaunt, and a body of troops, defeat good second-rate actress, and as such the Brahmin's party. In the midst of would become a valuable acquisition the conflict, the lady mounts a charger, to' any theatre; the first rank in her and escapes up the cataract of the profession, wbich she now assumes, Ganges, to the great delight of the can only be assigned to her by the galleries. The decorations of this splenmanager through necessity; Mrs. W. did spectacle are extremely gorgeous West filled this high rank last season and the scenery entitled to considerafrom the same cause; in talent, and ble praise, particularly tbe opening in genius, if we may be allowed to scene representing a field of battle, profane the word on the present occa and a Hindoo cottage with the country sion, these ladies are similar; in per of Guzerat in the distance, by Stasson, bowever, they widely differ, and field; also the mountainous scenery for the tragic muse the taller and more and Mahratia encampment, by Romajestic stature of Mrs. Bunn, is much berts. The bridal procession, in which more adapted than the smaller figure a great many horses, richly caparisoned and prettier face of Mrs. West. and well educated, were introduced,
After the tragedy of Fazio was pro was splendid to excess, and well conduced, a new grand drama of action, call. ducted. Those who are pleased with ed the Cataract of the Ganges ; or, the showy exhibitions, and think that our Rajak's Daughter. We understand it chief metropolitan theatres are not de to be the production of Mr. Moncrief; graded by such representations of but it certainly adds not one particle tipsel, horses, flaming woods, and fallto his reputation. The story turns on ing waters, will be bigbly deligbled the custom which once existed amongst with the Cataract of the Ganges. the proud and warlike race of the Raj. The Winter's Tale has been repeated
several times during the month to was pouring forth the tenderness of crowded houses. Mr. Macready, -as repentance and sincere affection, she Leontes, and Mrs. Buon, as Hermoine, was nothing but “ breathing marble ;" were the chief attractions. This ip so much so, that we should have teresting romance, where the unities of thought her one of those apparitions time and place are sacrificed without in which Shakspeare abounds, if Lemercy and almost to absurdity, pos ontes had not exclaimed with exquisesses such striking situations, that it site pathos will seldom fail to please when the performers are adequate to their respec
these tears, that choke her tive characters. This is unusually the
voice, case at present, the cast being parti Are hot and moist,-it is Hermione.'" cularly strong. Macready's Leontes we consider one of his best characters; A singular circumstance, at least to us and although in the earlier scenes his singular, occurs during this scene. A performance might be improved, in the burst of applause is always heard when last he is truly a good actor, exhibiting Mrs. Bunn turns her head very rapidly, * the strongest emotions of anxiety, joy, as an indication of life restored by the and conjugal affection, with a fidelity power of music. Macready's mixed to nature to be surpassed only by
emotions of joy and astonishment are Kean. The Hermione of Mrs. Bunn, finely pourtrayed; and it appears, from though respectable, is one of those enquiries we were at the trouble of performances that have nearly equal making, that part of the audience apclaims to praise and censure. In the plauded Mrs. Bunn, and the other part first scene, act three, where Hermione Mr. Macready; this united homage of defends her cause in person before the course gwells the note of praise to the king, Mrs. Bunn affords a good speci. highest diapason; and, if they both men of tender declamation, defending deserved the homage, we would say the character of an aspersed wife ra with Dryden, let “both divide the ther than the cause of an injured queen; crown ;" but we are of opinion that she exhibits tenderness, spirit, and there is nothing more trickery and conscious innocence, but we in vain more false to nature, than this sudden expect the occasional proud bursts of turn of the head, so lauded by the gal. defamed majesty; such as would be leries. It is a mere effort of machi.
nery, without sentiment or feeling; an
automaton might be made to do it bet * A fellow of the royal bed, wbich owe
ter. The soft and dulcet notes of meA moiety of the throne, a great king's almost imperceptibly, should seem to
lodious music stealing into the ear daughter, The mother to a hopeful prince,”
animate the statue with its kindred spirit, gradually rising into life, and
not imparting a convulsive affection The weakness and monotony of
more appropriate to the loud voice of tone consequent on her recent illness,
thunder, or the electrical shock of
lightning, than to the scarcely-breath
5 hurried ing strains of sweetest melody. When Here to this place, i'the open air, be Mrs. Bunn repeats this character again, fore
we hope she will pronounce the word I have got strength of limit.”
derivative properly, and not called it
deri-vative. Should have been occasionally relieved A tragedy from the pen of Mr. by vivid flashes of more ardent and in. Knowles, author of Virginius, entitled tense delivery; for though “ she was Caius Gracchus, has been produced at tender as infancy and grace," she pos this theatre. The plot commences with sessed “ the life of majesty."
the appearance of Vettius, Mr. Younge, In the statue scene her appearance going to his trial, attended by the powas peculiarly impressive. The “ life pulace in whose service he incurred of majesty" which Leontes saw in the his present danger. When he arrives supposed marble was well sustained, at the tribunal, he is arraigned by Opiand her garments hung from her mius, Mr. Archer, the consul, and the shoulders with sculptural and classi determined enemy of Caius Gracchus cal propriety. When we have said as well as Vettius, who were both enithis, our praise is exhausted; during barked in the same cause—the welfare the whole of the latter part of this of the state, and the interests of the scene she was unimpassioned, tame, people. Roused by his friend's danger, and spiritless; all the time Leontes Caius Gracchus, Mr. Macready, leaves
the seclusion, from which even the tatlon by his personation of the cba murder of his brother Tiberius had not racter of Caius Gracchus, although be drawn him, and suddenly appears in has not materially added to it. Like the forum and obtains from the people Virginius, it will be entirely his own, the acquital of his and their friend. and in his country engagements will The senate, fearing the splendid abili- be very beneficial to him; for, as it ties of Caius, who seemed to them even being scarcely more than a Mono more formidable than they had ever drame, he will be enabled to exhibit considered his brother Tiberius, sends his talents to advantage, without the him out of Italy as Quæstor, under the danger of having his exertions Mate consul Opimius, who was appointed rially injured by the inefficacy of the general. This departue from his native other performers, whose parts in the country gives rise to a domestic scene, play are of very inferior importance. in which Caius takes leave of his mo- Mr. Macready is eminently successful ther, Cornelia, Mrs. Bupn, his wife, in his expostulation with Drusus, wbea Licinia, Mrs. West, and his son. la he unmasks his treachery. We were, the second act Gracchus is accused of however, upon the whole surprised that having left the army without orders, the peculiarities of Caius Gracchus but be easily refutes the accusation were not more critically exhibited ; and and is chosen tribune. Not being able we thought, especially in the first to subdue the patriotism and influence speech, that the actor sometimes bleadof Caius by the usual njeans, the senate ed the character of Tiberius with that have recourse to artifice, and make use of Caius, who in behaviour ** of Drusus, Mr. Pope, the other tribune, vehement and fiery, temperate and to undermine him in the affections of sober, brave, just, seli - deaying, the people, by granting them greater simple in diet, and laborious; ia bis Jargesses and benefits. This aristo- speeches be was accustomed to move cratical mapeuvre works well on the from one part of the rostrum to the changeable people, and a bold attempt other (not stationary as represented by is made to abrogate the popular laws Mr. Macready), and occasionally to previously introduced by Caius: Opi. throw his gown off his shoulders, in mius, the consol, takes the opportunity language splendid apd persuasive; bis of insulting him, as he is proceeding diction copious, his thoughts just, and to sacrifice, and although Caius des his expression full of dignity; in his pises these insults his followers resent discourse grave and elevated. This them, and in a tumult kill one of the was the character of Caius, as we God Lictors, Mr. Howell. The folly and it described in Plutarch and Livy;
femerity of this act is sensibly felt by how far Mr. Macready acts up to tbis Caius, who waits the result at the base description, may be, perhaps a matter of his fatber's statue, until he is pre- of opinion. We are disposed to think 'vailed upon to return home. His lite most favourably of his performances in being demanded by the senate, as an general, although we would advise a atonement for the murder of their offi- more close study of the original. The cer, he is induced to put himself at the limited space we eau afford to our theahead of his followers, in order to de- trical articles will not allow us to fend the cause of himself and the peo. point out the beauties and defects ple. For this purpose he rushes from of this histrionic effort, which cerihe embraces of his wife, who, unlike tainly is no discredit to the improved a Roman lady, is stupified with fears 'state of our dramatic talent. Mrs. for her husband's safety, and, is led by Bunn's Cornelia might have been Cornelia and her attendants to the much better ; her person is well Temple of Diana, to remain there dur, adapted for a Roman matron, but we ing ihe tumult in the city. Caius and fear she has not sufficiently stadied the his partisans are defeated, and, finding character of that extraordinary people, his escape impossible be retires to the and the peculiar complexion of their de temple, where, in the presence of his mestic manners, to acquire much comfamily, he thrusts a dagger into his mendation. As she had but little to da bosom, and, covering his face with his that little ought certainly to have been mantle, heroically expires; which con- performed in a cbaster and more clás cludes ibe tragedy.
sical manner. Mrs. West, in the chaThe above abstract of the plot will racter of Licinia, had much more to de be sufficient to shew bow far the truth thau Mrs. Buno, and, upon the wbok, of history has been preserved or performed better; but still the same departed from. We have now to no objection holds; she was not Rosar. tice the principal performers. Mr. Her grief, her tenderness, were loo et Macrcady has not diminished his repu. restrained, too much upmixed ***
that patriotic pride that always kept ceived with such decided marks of disin subserviency the domestic feelings. approbation that they have not been The prologue and epilogue were re repeated.
COVENT GARDEN THEATRE,
LIKE its rival this theatre has pro- for, in consequence of the defeat of duced its grand spectacle, which is the Mexicans and their allics, Monteentitled in those veracious organs of tuma no longer objects to a favourable public opinion, the play bills, “a New reception of Cortez and his troops Grand Historical Play, with music." into the capital of his empire. The - The name of it is Cortez; or, the Con- Spanish General is apprised of the quest of Mexico. The music is by Mr. threatened danger by a Tlascalan, Bishop, and the scenery, dresses, and whose life he had saved, and defeats various pageantry have been got up it in time to rescue Marina, Miss under the direction of Mr. Farley. Love, an Indian girl, who was beThe dialague of this piece is better loved by him, and who had previously than that of the Cataract at Drury-lane; been doomed to be a sacrifice to their and the sweet voice of Miss Paton, barbarous deity. Marina, in the third with her improving acting, certainly act, rescues Cortez from another snare afforded a pleasant relief to the noisy by means of the intelligence she had and glaring exhibitions of horses, and obtained of the enemy's proceedings; the fring of guns. The horses, which and the triumphal entry of the Spaact a conspicuous part in this 6 Grand niards into Mexico concludes the Historical Play" are French perform- piece. This outline of the story does ers, imported from Paris, under the pot include an onderplot, which condirection of their proprietor, Mr. Duc tains the loves of two brothers, Zocot. TOW; in shape and stature they are zin, Mr. Cooke, and Acacix, Mr. certainly surpassed by their English Duruset, for Amazith, Miss Paton, rivals at Drury-lane, in docility and which is chequered with the usual theatrical ability they are equally vicissitudes of love and battle. One of eminent.
the most striking novelties of this The play commences with a meeting piece is the manner in which one of Spanish soldiery, and a conspiracy of the Spanish cavalry, Mr. Ducrow, of two of their officers against the au was thrown from his horse whilè pasa thority of Cortez, Mr. Cooper, which, ing over the bridge; so unintentional however, is soon quelled by the Gene- and well managed did the fall appear, - ral; and, in order to prevent future that we were at first fearful that it was mutinies, and to cut off all hope of real. The finale of this piece is certainreturn to Cuba, Cortez causes the ly much less striking than that of the Spanish fleet to be burned; thus leav. Cataract at Drury-lane, and we think ing no alternative to his followers but this defect to be the chief cause of its conquest or death. Ambassadors ar. limited success. We cannot conclude rive from Montezuma, Mr. Baker, our notice of this splendid exhibition bringing them golden presents, and withoat confessing that our principal offering every assistance for their de. pleasure is derived from the operatic parture. The presents are accepted department. The music copfers great by the General, who, nevertheless, re credit on Mr. Bishop ; and we never fuses to depart till be bas seen the beard Miss Paton to greater effect. Miss Emperor Montezuma. In this em Love also deserved and received apbassy is Teluxo, Mr. Bennet, a Mexi- plause ; her part was originally de. can chief, who receiving a present of a signed for Miss M. Tree, whose ta. sword from Cortez, strongly inveighs lents would certainly be more attracagainst the invaders of his country, tive than those of her substitute. Mr. threatening to use the weapon be has Cooper, in the character of Cortez, - just received for their destruction. personated the hero with considerable The next act opens with the march talent. The dignity of a General-inof the Spaniards towards Mexi. chief was well preserved without a co, and a battle ensues between particle af bombast or rant; his action them and the Tlascalans and Mexi. and delivery were military, chaste, cans, who are soon subdued. Teluro, and natural; in fact there is not a more with the aid of the priesthood of Cho useful performer on the metropolitan Jular, plans a scheme for the destruc. stage. tjon of the invaders as they pass The managers of this theatre bave through that town towards Mexico, reproduced the opera of the Cabinet,
in order to afford Mr. Sinclair an op- rivalled favourite, and, io appropriate portunity of re-appearing before a action and graceful manner, his supeLondon audience in the character of rior. As we have not room for an Orlando, after an absence of six years elaborate criticism of his performance, in Italy, where he has been prosecuting we cannot express our opinion of his his professional studies. The opera is merits more concisely, and at the same so well known that our observations time more comprehensively, than by will be confined to the chief per- observing, that his singing may be formers. The encreased reputation of compared to Brabam's, as the acting of Mr. Sinclair certainly produced in the Young may be compared to Kean's; amateurs of music, and in the public both very great in their different generally, an intense desire to hear the stiles, but in positive and natural es voice of one of their musical favourites cellence perfectly dissimilar. The naafter so long a study of his art in a tive geuius of Braham is as much se country most celebrated for vocal as perior to the studied stile of Sinclair, well as instrumental music. On his as the natural flow of eloquence and first night of performance he was bailed pathos in Kean is superior to the claswith such unequivocal, and, we think sical, monotonous, and measured de we may may add, unbiassed applause, clamation of Young. Miss Paton, as that neither be nor his warmest friends Floretta, executed her entire part could anticipate any thing more sa with admirable effect. She seemed to vourable. We consider Mr. Sinclair be inspired by the occasion, and we as very much improved since we last are happy to state that her elegant heard bim ; and, without comparison, and natural acting was very little in he must be esteemed the second Eng. ferior in excellence to her brilliant lish singer. He has not the volume, musical execution. The engagement of and the depth, and sweetness of tone, Mr. Sinclar, although the terms apthat so peculiarly distinguish Braham ; pear very exorbitant, is likely to turn in science, however, and tasteful exe. out a very profitable speculation to cution, we think him equal to that up the ipabagers.
Within the last month the strong on this subject ceased by the succes excitation of the public mind has nearly sive accounts of the surrender of every ceased in consequence of the termi leader, and of every fortress, either nation of the war in the Peninsula, and to the enemy or to the royal forees. of the development of the course to be In Catalonia, the Seo d'Urgel, the forpursued by the Belligerent powers. tifications of Lenda, Hostalrich, TarThe mind is relieved by the cessation ragona, and Barcelona, surrendered to of conflicting doubts, of the alteruations Marshal Moucey, who, it is said, of bope and fear, and although the granted to Mina the most bonourable public feeling of England bas been terms, with permission to retire for roused, perhaps, to a pitch of horror safety either to France or England, by several acts of perfidy and cruelty although it might be supposed that the on the part of the King of Spain, yet natural place of refuge for this chief the general tenor of reflection has sub- and his associates, would be the newly sided into a hopelessness of any imme- liberated colonies of Spanish Ameriea. diate good to mankind from the politics The French found in Barcelona no less of the continental powers.
than 6,000 regular troops, and 7,000 After the surrender of the King of militia'; in Tarragona they fouod 5,000, Spain and of Cadiz to the French, the and other towns they found equally public were naturally anxious to know well provided with means of resistance. whether Mina, the "Empecinado, and compared to the wretched state of all other patriotic chiefs would tamely the fortifications, these ample means of submit to the new order of things, or defence in the strong places of Catalowhether they would continue a noun pia, fully prove the indefatigable es. tain warfare in hopes to assemble ertions of Mina ; but, on the otber round them the thousands of their per- hand, unless the French, under Marshal secuted countrymen, and thus prolong Moncey, were by far more numerous the contest until some fortunate cir than has ever been asserted, we must cumstances might enable them to libe. be left in astonishment that with such rate their country from the odium of a very ample means Mina should have foreign yoke, and from the evils of effected so little against the enemy. domestic tyranny. But all speculation The known talents, intrepidity, and