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The public re-appearance of Mr. Bra- grade,” Mr. Braham made his first bow ham is usually considered to form an for the season on the 25th of April, and era in the musical season of our metro- amply proved, that his ability both to polis, which is looked forward to with astonish and delight, was neither dimino common anticipation by the scien- nished nor impaired, His subsequent tific and the tuneful; and though it has performances in Henry Bertram, Ar. been whispered, that his laurels are ra beces, Hawthorn, &c. &c. have fully ther likely to wither, than to become confirmed our original estimate of his more vigorous, by an extension of his unabated powers, and he is still, most career, yet that opinion is, we conceive; unquestionably, the first male singer of very far from being a general one, if the British Stage. Miss Forde's imwe may judge by the effects of Mr. B's provement continues to do credit to her melody, and from the welcome which instructors, and with a due confidence attended his debut. As the Geraskier in herself, which we are sorry to oh. in Cobb's Opera of“ The Sirye of Bel serve, that she is too frequently dispos.
sessed of, we have every reliance in our motive, that we cannot bring ourselves former augury of her complete success. to censure a delineation, which we cer
“ Guy Mannering" introduced two tainly cannot commend; and we renew appearances in Miss Edmiston's gret to add, that Elliston's Mercutio is assumption of the witch gipsy, Meg in a similar predicament. Why, with Merrilies, and Mr. Harley's personifi- abilities such as his, must we be reduced cation of Dominic Sampson. Of the to the disagreeable alternative of being lady we have much pleasure in bearing severe, or silent? Kean's Romeo was, the most favourable testimony; and for the first time these five years, and though the erudite tutor is in a line of had the five been extended to fifteen, characters widely differing from those the public would have had no cause for generally assumed by Mr. Harley, yet lamentation. In one or two instances his dramatic chaplet wiH suffer no blight his genius indeed gleamed forth from from his temerity.
its enshrouding clouds, but in general, The other “noticeable” performances he appeared as if the character were enof this period of the month have been acted by Richard Duke of Gloucester, Miss Grimani's Angela in “ The Castle and they are no more like “ than we to Spectre," which was, in most parts, ad Hercules.” It is a very sad conclusion mirably conceived, and as ably execut to come to, but Mr. Kean must, for his ed; and though we cannot but feel more reputation as an actor, be a villain. It confirmed in our opinion of her inabi is indeed, “ Aut Casar, aut Nullus," for lity to embody the rainbow tints of the his whole range of parts presents but Sheridan's Lady T'eazle, yet in a cer few, and those very far from being tain line of tragedy we donbt not of splendid, execptions. her respectability, and even excellence. Miss Glover has subsequently attemptWe have also been gratified by the per
ed Ophelia, but it was only an attempt; formance of another fair tragic debu- and as her physical ability is at present tante, in the person of Miss P. Glover, quite incompetent to give the effect rea daughter of the very popular actress quired for this gigantic theatre, we of this Theatre. The love-sick Juliet would earnestly recommend her retirehas been so long the common selection ment, until another season shall have of our dramatic heroines for a first ap
contracted the house to much narrower pearance, that we could scarcely feel limits, and have also matured her talents surprise at Miss Glover's solicitation of with a few months' additional experithe public plaudits, in the person of the lovely Italian. The fact is, however, The only memorabilia of benefits, that the youth of Juliet appears to be have been Mr. Harley's first appearance the only circumstance taken into calcu- in the petticoats, as Deborah Woodcock, lation upon these occasions, as there are in “ Love in a Village," on his own several entire scenes of the character night, and Mr. Kean's performance of which require all the advantages of Cardinal Wolsey in “Henry the Eighth," stage experience and matured ability, for the benefit of Messrs. Cooper and to make them effective. It is of the Knight, and Don Felix in “ The Wonrepresentative, however, and not of the der," for Miss Tidswell; all of which original, that it is now our “hint to fully answered the intended purposes speak.” Miss Glover's figure is petit, of crowding the theatre. On Wednesher countenance is expressive, her voice day evening, May 15, His MAJESTY is generally melodious, and her age commanded “ The Siege of Belgrade, seventeen ; which latter circumstance and “ Monsieur Tonson;" when the would render any severity of analysis, ra house was crowded to excess with the ther cruelty than criticism. The attempt fair and the fashionable, and the sovewas, however, in many respects, deserv- reign's reception most enthusiastic; and ing of very favourable inention, and Miss on the following Saturday, a benefit was G's second appearance proved, that the given in aid of the suffering Irish, in interval had been most studiously oc which Mr. Elliston, as usual, set an cupied in improvement. Mrs. Glover's example of benevolence, that, we are performance of the Nurse, in support happy to observe, has been followed of her daughter, was for so laudable a elsewhere.
Amidst the universal outcry of lamen or altogether removed. The main featations which is so plentifully poured tures of the part, however, are not in forth over the degraded taste, and de- any unison with the customary tact, generated feelings of our modern au and usual performances of our popular thors, and of modern andiences, it is favourite; and when, in lieu of censure indeed a redeeming feature, that the of defects, we had the far superior gramost overflowing house of the season tification of applauding beauties, our has been attracted to the revival of pleasure was fully equalled by our surShakespear's "Julius Casar:" We are prise.. King Lear, indeed, can never the olden time of John Kemble, this ances; his countenance is too unbendtragedy was not better sustained than ing to pourtray the ever varying emoat present; but when we name Young, tions of the heart-broken sovereign; Macready, and C. Kemble, as the re and neither his voice, his person, nor presentatives of Brutus, Cassius, and his manner, are calculated to convey Mark Antony, we introduce a triumvi- the idea of “ an old man, forescore and rate of talent, not frequently seen in upwards." There were numerous parts our drama; and certainly combining a of the performance, however, in which display of the finest acting of the mo
inherent talent triumphed over every dern stage. To select beauties, would obstacle; and we may instance the fearbe to quote whole scenes ; but the most ful curse, the mad-scene, the recogstriking, as well as perhaps the most nition of Cordelia, and his attack upon popular, were Marc Antony's oration the murderers in the prison, as most over Casar's corpse; both the speeches excellent. These were bright passages, from the tribune; and the entire quar- atoning for all that was inferior, alrel of Brutus and Cassius. The calm, though we conceive insufficient for Mr. philosophic, Roman-like dignity of Young to set his fame upon such a Young; the rapidly impetuous energy hazard, or even to hope for unqualified of Macready; and the graceful and ele- commendation in King Lear. The gant elocution of Charles Kemble, were tragedy has not been repeated, and we never displayed to greater advantage were sorry to observe, that the theatre than in this illustration of our immor was not crowded. tal bard; while the enthusiasm of the If a new play, even from an acknowcrowded audience fully kept pace with ledged dunce, always possesses sufficient the enthusiasm which appeared to ani- attractions to command considerable atmate the performers; and the curtain tention, the first performance of a fell amidst applauses that woke the drama from the pen of the author of very echoes, " that did applaud again.” “Inkle and Yarico,” and “ John Bull," Egerton was the Julius Cæsar, Abbot, not to mention “ The Heir at Law," Decius, Fawcett, Casca, and Connor, and many others equally deserving, — Octavius Cæsar, which are the only could not fail of filling the theatre. other prominent characters, and were “The Law of Java" has been long well sustained; while we are happy in known as the acknowledged production adding, that the play has been since
of Mr. George Colman, and long spoken frequently repeated, and has as fre- of in terms of high eulogium as to its quently attracted overflowing houses.
anticipated effect; though, we are sorry Mr. Young's performance of King to say, that its praises have been at a Lear has also been another triumph of discount since its production. The the legitimate drama, on which we are basis of the plot rests upon the traditionin justice bound to congratulate the ary history of the Upas Tree of Java : public. Having already enacted the wayward monarch with considerable
-" That tree of death, eclat at Bath and elsewhere, Mr. Young's Where nothing lives its branch beneath,
Where nothing near has healthful breath, first London appearance had
advantages over an entirely new study On every herb that strews the ground,
Whose deadly dew is scatter'd round of the character; the consequence of And e'en the venom'd soil receives which was, that the principal errors we The poison of its weeping leaves." had heard alledged against it, were either very materially softened down, Such is the idea adopted in the new
musical drama of Mr. Colman's, though, of the Imperial prisons; Major. Vam as the historians of Batavia have given Glogen, (Fawcett) a wily politician, equally singular and contradictory ac whose every movement is directed to counts of this unwholesome vegetable, advance the interests of the “ Dutch we regret, for our readers' sakes, more East India Company;" Hans Gayvelt, than for our own, that we have not just (Jones) the Major's nephew, a lively, now the opportunity of ascertaining its sentimental young Dutchman; and fidelity.
Anacharsis Pengoose, (Liston) GayThe incidents of the play introduce velt's valet, who is smitten with the us to Parbaya, (Young) a native of influenza of keeping a journal, and Macassar, whose only child having been making memoranda for publications ; murdered, and his wife Zaide, (Miss two of the most prominent of which M. Tree) torn from him by pirates, is are, a query as to " whether bamboo is himself condemned to death by the Em not young ipahogany ?" and a remark, peror of Java, (Abbott) for being seized that hot weather produces perspirain the vicinity of the Harem, where he tion, and so do tigers!” Such is an had vainly endeavoured to obtain a last outline, and such are the characters of interview with his spouse. This sen the new drama, which, we have no tence is however commuted, for the very hesitation in stating, is unworthy of the slender chance of safety afforded him in literary fame of its distinguished aueniteavouring to obtain a vessel of the thor. There is, doubtless, a partial Upa's poison. Previous to his depar- brilliancy in the humourous dialogue, ture, he learns that should he, by any and occasional vigour in the serious miracle, return successful, the venom scenes; but, as a whole, it is tedious is intended for Zaide ; and grown de and unamusing to a degree, not to have sperate by the intelligence, through been expected in any composition from the aid of Nourjudhee, (Miss Stephens) Mr. Colman. The situation of the last a lively young lady of the Harem, bids
scene palpably resembles the denouehis wife an eternal farewell, with the ment of his own Africans," though resolve of making no effort, either for by no means altered for the better ; the poison, or for himself. On the and, indeed, the entire drama has no borders of Java's plain of pestilence, he distant afinity.. Of the scenery,, we is received by Orzinga, (Yates) the Ma can speak only in terms of the highest hometan priest, whose duty it is to pre- praise, and the mountains of Kerta pare criminals for their fate ; and there Seuda, surrounding the hermitage of ensues a discovery unsurpassed by any Orzinga, well depict the probable aprecognition of Romance, that Parbaya pearance of that land of pestilence. The is his son! A long debate then ensues performers throughout deserved every as to whether any exertion shall be praise which the audience so lavishly inade to gain the poison, or to succour awarded, and which it is our critical Zaide, when a convict is seen returning duty to confirm. Mr. Young, as Parover the mountain with his fearful baya, was animated and energetic,— charge, so death striken, as to fall and far beyond the part's deservings. Fawdie, sufficiently opportunely, to leavè cett and Jones, excellent as the conto Parbaya the fruits of his deadly en- trasted phlegmatic, and warm-hearted terprise. With this heaven-sent prize, Dutchmen; Liston more than usually the father and son return to the palace, amusing, as the author in embryo; and and arrive there at the moment, when Miss Stephens most mirthful and melothe arrows of the guard are drawn to dious as Nourjauhee. To Miss M. Tree, destroy Zaide. Parbaya is, of course, however, the author's gratitude is chiefly entitled to pardon for his success, and due for a display of pathetic acting, by an absolute “ Lało of Juva" dis- which we believe no other vocal percovered by Orzinga, has also a right former could have displayed. As the to any boon he chooses to demand. He firm and affectionate wife, not less than claims his wife, which the Emperor, as the singer of melancholy bravuras, having no power to refuse, consents to, she was pre-eminently superior, and and thenceforth, all is joy, congratula- was hailed accordingly. The eccentrition, and rejoicing. A more lively un cities of the first Act told admirably, but derplot is carried on by means of the the other two dragged most languidly. before-mentioned Nourjudhee, and her The opposition was, however, so freble, wmusical lover Ayil, (inruset) keeper as scarcely to deserve mention, and an
overflowing audience sanctioned the the latter of which continues its most play's repetition, with repeated cheers, successful career of unabated populaof which its improvement since has rity, and to our encomiums of last rendered it rather more deserving: month we have now to add the praises
On Friday, May 17, the King visited so amply merited by Mrs. Vining's perthis theatre, attended by a similarly sonation of Cherry, and also to name crowded audience, and similar loyal the distant moonlight view of Cyprns greetings, to those which welcomed his in the vision, as a more beauteous speMAJESTY at Drury Lane. The per cimen of scenic art, than even those formances commanded were, “ The Luw already distinguished by our critical of Java," and " Cherry and Fair Star;" selection.
ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE.
Mr. Mathews's adventures still con since our last, is the new musical finale tinue their undiminished attractions, in the shape of " A Musical Good bye and neither Llewellyn ap- Llewd, nor at York." "Mr. Mathews's present seahis audiences grow
son will close about the 20th of June; ner. The receipts, we understand, al and the regular opera season commence ready very far exceed those of the whole
on Monday the 24th. of last year; and the only variation
HOUSE OF LORDS.
MONDAY, MAY 20.
Lord Delamere took the oaths on his Lord Shaftsbury presented returns
elevation to the dignity of a baron. The relative to Ilchester Jail.
Catholic Peers' Bill was read the first
time. THURSDAY, MARCU 23.
THURSDAY, MAY 23. Lord Melville brought in a hill to The Irish Poor Employment Bill was enable two Lords of the Admiralty to read the first time. act as a quorum, instead of three.
FRIDAY, MAY 24. ,
The Royal Assent was given hy Com. Lord Shaftsbury presented the 6th,
mission to the Irish Poor Employment 7th, 8th, and 9th Reports of the Com
Bill, the Seslitious Meetings Bill, the missioners of Inquiry into the Abuses
Silk Lace Bill, and a number of private in the Scotch Courts of Justice.
Bills. Lord King said, he understool
there was to be a new plan in agitation MONDAY, MAY 6.
as to the Dead Service Money, which Earl Grey, postponing his motion for was to put every separate person's lite relieving the distresses of the country';
to a bidding. It would be better for the by a reduction of the taxes, expresse Noble Earl to explain his plan, anul not bimself strongly averse to the Govern to wait for the other branch of Parlia-, ment's raising the price of corn, or a? ment. Lord Liverpool said, the meaall altering the Corn Laws. He further sure must originate in another place ; stated himself to object to the plan of but the Noble Lord had been iisinpermitting Joint-Stock-Banks, similar formed as to the nature of the new.plan. to those of Scotland. The Earl of Li. There was no intention to erade or to verpool agreed with Earl Grey, that it infringe individual interests. Lord was out of the power of Parliament to King said, he did not expect that the relieve the agricultural distress of the plan would be adequately explained in country, but stated, that the laws rela ihe other House. The Irish Mali Dua tive to the banking system were capable ties Repeal Bill was read a third time, of amendment.