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To novelty her stamp such pow'r conveys, tragedy. She will, however, no doubt In vain may Genius spread its splendid prove a useful actress. Her figure is rays,
petite, but neat, and her countenance, In cold neglect its brightest beams may although not remarkable for beauty, is fade,
yet not destitute of expression. Lost in Obscurity's o'erwhelming shade.
Sept. 17. This evening the Tragedy But shall the spot where Garrick rais'd his
of Othello, was performed at this TheaIn mingling radiance with his Shakes
tre. The Othello and the Desdemona peare's fame.
were botb new.
The Moor, we are Where' Siddons, Tragedy's unrivall’d told, had never been on any stage Queen,
before ; the Desdemona was a Mrs. As nature vivid, dignify'd the scene ; West, who had exhibited herself on the Where Sheridan, our boast, whom all Bath boards. The part of Othello has admit
been raised to such eminence by the late A second Congreve in the realms of wit, Enrich'd those realms with humour that performance of Mr. Kean, ibat it is shall live,
not easy to get rid of prejudice against And polish'd mirth to latest ages give,
any new candidate.
The gentleinan Two the “Fell Serjeant Death,” Ras borne acquitted bimself in tbis dificult chaaway,
racter not only with respectability but The Third has abdicated scenic sway.
with some degree of talent. He gave Yet still their spirit hovers o'er the place, several indications of real genius, and With reason, truth, and energy to grace : some bursts of passion which strongly Shall these, so long admir'd, to Fashion
seized upon the audience. yield,
Mrs. West, in Desdemona, which is And talents droop on the deserted field !
but a slight character, was interesting No-Teste upheld by you, with noble pride,
and pleasing. There is a great deal of Shall Fashion scorn, or lead to Merit's naïveté in her manner ; and she was sido
greatly and deservedly applauded. Nomstill this spot to Memory shall be SEPT. 24. The Tragedy of Venice dear,
Preserved was acted this evening, and And rising Genius find protection here. the cast was rich in novelty, as Mr.
The performances of the evening Cleary, of whom we have spoken in were the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliei, the character of Othello, took that of and the musical farce of No song no
Pierre. Mr. David Fisher, who perSupper. In the former a new Romeo formed at this theatre in the early part and a new Juliet were introduced to a
of last season, assumed that of Joffier, London audience. Mr. H. Kemble,
and Mrs. West, who made her debat who sustained the part of Romeo, had in Desdemona, was the represcutative of
Belvidera. already acquired considerable celebrity at the Bath and other provincial Thea
of the last, as not being the least in tres; and although tragedy, we under. merit, we shall speak first; and we stand, is by no means his forte, yet he have much satisfaction in being able to certainly acquitted himself in a way to state, that io Belvidera she proved herdraw down ibe general applause of the self the possesser of taleots which we house.- His figure is good-his voice had no idea belonged to her, when we being very much like that of Charles saw her in Desdemona. Por she preKemble, and his conception of the cha- sented us with a picture of the sorrows racter most judicious. If he exhibited of Belvidera, in which vigoor and deliany fault, it was that of not at all times cacy were most felicitously blended. modulating bis tones wilh that degree
A redundancy of action sometimes * of precision which the part requires.
occurred, but her performance on the The part of Juliet was performed by whole inspired universal interest, and a young lady, whose name we bave not merited the fervent applause it received. ascertained. Although evidently much Her grief and alarm when Belvideru is alarmed, she went through lier arduous delivered to the conspirators, were escharacter with judgment and considera. pressed with energy and nature: and in ble ability. Her voice is sweet and the scene where Jaffier leaves her she distinct, but rather weak, which must
was evlitled to the same praise'. The exclude her from the bigher walks of
manner jo which she repeated the
words " for ever," when he was about * Mrs. Siddons acquired ber transcend to break from her, thrilled the whole ant reputation in Drury-lare Theatre,
house. The lusi scene she perfonned
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with much judgment. The effect was peculiarity of his voice is not in bis altogether so creditable to her powers, favour, and he bas a habit of speaking that those who had previously thought at the top of it, which does not set it lightly of them, were penetrated with off to the best advantage. Without admiration, and would only have done intention on bis part, Kean and Rae justice to their feelings, bad they are perfectly imitated, but these bleavailed themselves of the exclamations mishes were obliterated by the energy of old Quin, on wituessing the unex which he displayed and which carried pected success of Mrs. Bellamy, him triumphantly to the end of the ** Thou art a charming creature, and play. The curtain descended amidst the true spirit is in thee.”
shouls of applause, and the tragedy, in We cannot say Mr. Cleary in Pierre, obedience to the call of the House, was improved upon Othello as Mrs. West announced for repetition. did on Desdemona. Though he was just, be has not a strong conception of his autbor, and practice and experience
The following statement of the compaare wanting to enable bim to embody rative Receipts of Drury-lane Theatre, for
a given series of years, is taken from the his couception such as it is. There
Report of the General Commitee: was much aukwardness in his deportinent, it did not always strike bim that his character required any thing to fill
Boxes, first price, 6s.-Secoed, 35, it up in the shape of by-play, and be
Nightly frequently stood when bis speech was Seasons. No. Nights. Receipts. Average. finished like a recruit at the word 1803.4 119 50327
235 “ attention,” till be caught his next 1804-5 201 59278 cue. The grand scene in which Pierre
1805.6 200 57129
200 is usually seen to most advantage, be
1806-7 200 47164
219 completely failed in, or, if he did jus. tice to the daring of the chief conspi
1808-9 115 33221 rator, he wholly forgot his dignity.
Burnt 24th of February, 1509. Where calm recitation was required, be was more successful. His last interview with Jofjier, when he was about
Boxes, first price, 75.-Second, 3s. 6d. to ascend the scaffold, was extremely
Nightly interesting When not overstrained
Seasons. No, Nights. Receipts. Average. bis voice is fine, and here he was most
1812-13 204 75584
1813-14 235 impressive. We may add his death was
1814-15 225 weil managed, and his Pierre though 1813-16
218 58117 not perfect, bad much to recommend
1816-17 208 41075 it to public approbation.
119 41006 205 Mr. Fisher's Jaffier was a very ani.
Fractional parts omitted. mated performance. His action was
It results from this statement, that the appropriate, but rather loo rapid, and
season of 1812-13, was the most producure be sometimes overacied the part. The one wiihin the last 12 years.
PERFORMANCES. 1818. Sept. 12. Romeo and Juliet-No Song no Suprer,
22. Wild Oats--Fall's of Clyde. 15. Cure for Heart Ache-lrishman in Lon
Venice Preserved-Lech and Key. don.
26. Ditto-Sigesmar, the Switzer. 17.
Orbello-Romp. 19. Huineo and Juliet-Rosina.
RECEIPTS OF THE PRESENT THEATRE,
370 290 269 266
COVENT GARDEN. This splendid national edifice was, on ground being now entirely a deep sal. Friday night, Sepictober 4, lighted up mon colour, instead of having, as for. and opened to a select party, io try the merly, a mixture of white; the gold effect of the alterations and improve. ornaments have been reburnished; and menis which the house has undergone the proscenium entirely re gilt, as well during the recess. The interior of the as the ornaments over the stage doors. theatre has been re beautified. The Ao improvement has also been made in front of the boscs are re coloured, the the chandelier; it is now much more
splendid than formerly. - The branch such actors, and in finally carrying lights, which, duriog the last season, them up to the highest degree of ex, were suspended over the stage-doors, cellence. But so much we must say of are removed, and an additional quantity Mrs. Yates, that her eminent deficiency of gas, equal to that formerly consumed is that of feeling. She does not enter by these branches, is thrown into the into the sympathy of the part; she does grand chandelier. Tbe Grecian lamps not feel, nor express the feelings, which at the back of the boxes still remain, belong to the several variations of the The additional light thus thrown into character, as it proceeds through the the centre of the house, appeared to us different situations of the plot and bua considerable improvement, inasmuch siness of the drama. Her perforinance as it teoded materially to disperse ibat is spoiled by its hardness and austerity.. sombre shade which pervaded the boxes It is the mere declamation of the part, in the first circie last season. In short, and correct only as to tones and altithe proprietors have exerted themselves tudes. Her whole manner and deportto render the theatre deserving of the ment evinced a long acquaintance with, public patronoge, by rendering it the and perfect possession of, the routine most splendid edidce of the kind in of the stage. Her action is easy and Europe. Several new scenes were' ex unembarrassed; ber voice is sufficiently hibited, some of which are deserving agrceable; wbile the inflection of its the highest approbation ; especially a tones, and the position of her emphasis, view of the British Gallery, as it ap- generally show a correct conceplion of peared two years ago, containing co the sense of the passage: accordingly, pies of tbe most celebrated works of the her Lady Macbeth presented many pas. Flemish and Italian masters, which were sages producing deserved applause, and then to be seen in that splendid exhibi on the recollection of which we dwell tion. We also noticed a Spanish chamo with unmixed pleasure. ber scene, beautifully painted, and a 10. The School for Scandal was perroom scene, adapted for general use. formed, in which Mr. Farrev, an English 'The general drop curlain of last season, actor from the Dublin theatre, perThe Temple of Concord, is to be laid formed the part of Sir Peter Peuzle. aside for the present, and the Shaks. We have seldom witnessed a first essay peare 'Temple, which was the act drop on the London boards that has been curlain, two seasons ago, is again more completely successful, or that has brought forward as a general drop contributed so valuable an acquisition scene. These are the principal altera- to the theatrical corps of the metropolis. tions which we noticed on the present Mr. Farren strongly reminds us of King, occasion.
and though not equal to that celebrated The whole forms a most enchanting performer, has approached him more coup d'æil, and it is certainly but justice closely than any of his successors. The to those enterprising individuals who figure, as well as the manner of Mr. have embarked their fortunes in this Farren, conveys an exact idea of the superb theatrical establislimeni, to say, characier ; bis voice is very distiuct that they have achieved more than even and cmphatic; his action and gestures the goveroments on the Continent have perfectly appropriate, and free from all been able to effect for what theatre extravagance; while the transitions of there can vie with Covent-gardeo for passion are conducted with the utmost grandeur of design, combined with the attention to the truth of nature. It comfort and accoinmodation of the au is unnecessary to point out bow dience.
much these abound in this character, SEPT. 7. This evening this splendid and how difficult it is to give them theatre opened with the tragedy of chasiely and with the true dramatic Macbeth. ' The Macbeth of Mr. Young effect. The only delect that strikes us was so good as to leave nothing want. in Mr. Farren's performance, is a freing. But the attraction of the evening quent undue elevation, approaching to was the appearance of Mrs. Yates in larshness, in the tones of his voice, Lady Macbeth. We are always unwil which is naturally so clear and articuJing to be too critical upon the first late, as to render any such effort wholly appearances of new performers, as we unnecessary, and which a little practice have lived long erough to sce the ins and habitual acquaintance with the size calculable effect of experience in cors
of the theatre, and with the tone of recting the errors
or deficiencies of English enunciation, will easily remove.
Miss Brunton played Lady Toaslo; and is in the extremes, between two much contrived to create a very general im. dryness, and too much buffoonery. He pression in her favour, a sentiment in is a geutleman, but, at the same time, which we most cordially acquiesce. is a vain, conceited coxcomb; giving The remaining characters were filled a rein to his vanities and passions, so nearly in the same manner as last sea far as nalure would permit hiin to grason, and therefore afford litile for par. tify them, but equally tolerant of the ticular remark; but we cannot help vices and foilies of oibers; and eren, noticing the Mre. Candour of Mrs. when they thwart his own, generously Gibbs, as one of the best efforts of this excusing and forgiving them. Lord agreeable actress. We have seldom Ogleby, in the midst of his follies, has a seen an audience more delighted or generous and feeling beart. Vanity has more alive to the rich passages and merely spoilt the superficies of bis chascenes which abound in this exquisite racter; the substauce is left unincomedy.
paired. Mr. W. Farren conceived this Sept. 18.-This Evening Mr. W. Pare character most correctly, and produced ren, of whom we spoke in the charac & more masterly effect froin its performter of Sir Peter Teazle, appeared for the ance, than wo bave over wiluessed since first time as Lord Ogleby, iu tbe “ Clan. the time of King. destine Marriage." This play is ovo of The dressing room scene was exqui. the most elegant comedies of the age ; sitely buinorows : his gradual resuscita. the joint production of two eminent tion by cordials ; his ogling, screwiog, writers, equally skilful in their art, con and brushing up, into something of the curring to produce a model of nature, semblauce of youth, was given with the truth, and humour, embellished with best possible taste and etfect. The ba. all the aids that the draina can receive ture, the gradual and unforced profrom a perfect knowledge of the stage, gress with which be did il, reminded us and the most skilful adaptation to its ils of one of the transformations in Ovid's lusions. The plot bas no surprises, or Metamorphoses. He emerged out of strained incidents; it moves wholly with his senile state, like Jason from the in the circle of domestic life. The chao cauldron of Medea-Howas galvanized, racters are those of daily and ordioary as it were, into a vivacity, very like tho occurrence, and the ease, simplicity, morbid subjects under an electrical bat. and nature, with wbich they execute tery. We never saw this scene so well what is assigned to them, gises to the conceived, or so well acted. His conwhole comedy that charning grace of tempt and disgust of city manners, were probability and truth, which is the great well painted in his bye-play, and finely secret of success in this species of writo coucealed towards Sierling by his urbaing. Nor ought we to omit some men. nity and politeness. His exclamation tion of the language of this comedy. at the proposed breakfast,“ the hot It is peculiarly chaste and elegant; rolls and butter,” was in a fine style of never too colloquial to become vulgar, humour, and his gallantry to the young and at the same time oever raised above ladies was in the true tone of tbe antithe familiar tone of daily life. It must,
qualcd beau. Tbe scene with Funny, however, be admitted, that some of the in the fourib act, where he believes her characters of this comedy, being formed to be in love with him; the scene with upop modish habits, and the predomi. Lovel and Sir John, where he rallies want fopperies of the age which gave then on her preference of himself; and gave them birth, have now become the scene in which he proposes to Old rather obsolete. Lord Ogleby is the Sterling to marry bis daughter, were all beau vicilliard of other days. The force in the best possible taste. His shrill and and poignancy of this character are indignant shriek, when Sterling exabated in proportion as we have lost presses his belief that it was his sister sight of the living original. But as
Heidelberg that his lordship meant to loug as prosperous vulgarity and city marry; and the proposal wbich he pride shall aim at an alliance with rank, makes to run away with Fanny; all and to engraft themselves on some no. these were points of character and perble stock, so long will the characters of formance equally deserving of praise. Sterling and Mrs. Heidelberg continuo Many other passages might be adduced, to please.
but they all equally lend to the same The character of Lord Oglevy is ad- conclusion, that this gentleman is one mitted to be very diflicult. The dauger of the most considerable acquisitious in
comedy which the stage bas made for Petors." The story is founded on the many years. He received the most fat. fortunes of Peter the Great, while ex. tering reception throughout the whole ercising the functions of a shipwright performance, and is to repeat the cha- at Saandam for the good of his subjects. racter to-morrow.
An interesting picture of history, but The play was cast with the whole very defective in dramatic interest ; but strength of the house, and was admi. this defect is supplied by introducing rably performed in the minor parts as another Peter, also from Russia, but well as in the higher. Mrs. C. Kemble a deserter instead of an emperor, and
a spirited representative of Miss for his being mistaken for the Czar in Sterling, and Miss Brunton looked well disguise by the ambassadors, who have in Fanny, though she is somewhat too learnt the secret, and who pay to him rigid for sentimental comody. One im- the bonours intended for bis sovereign, provement ougbt to be made the cha. produce some ludicrous situations. "In racter of Betty should be assigued to a the person of bis sister too, we find the better actress, wby pot to Mrs. Gibbs ? celebrated Catherine, who shared and Jones and Parley were exquisitely hu- controlled the fortunes of the Czar. It
This bouse is crowded contains some good music, dancing, and nightly.
beautiful scenery. Tbe characters were Sept. 28.—This evening a new enter. well supported; and this little piece tainment was produced, called “ The met with great applaucse, which ii deBurgomaster of Saardam ; or, the Two served.
1018. Bepl. 7. Macbeth Miller and his Men.
Sept. 16. School for Scandal-Blue Beard. 9. Guy Mannering-Aladdin.
10. Clandestine Marriage Sleep Walker. 10. School for Scandal - La Chasse-Tom
23. School for Scandal-Burgomaster of Saar. 11. Rob Roy-Personation-X. Y. 2.
dam ; or, the Two Peters. 14. Pizarro-Harlequin Gulliver.
us. Clandestine Marriage-Ditto.
HAYMARKET. AUG. 28.-The dramatic proverb, en. examined. A small theatre is the surest titled “ Seeing is Believing,” was re test of histrionic abilities. vived at this theatre. It is a lively and Sept. 12.- This theatre closed with amusing little piece. The characters one of Mr. Coleman's neat addresses, were well supported, and it was very as neatly delivered by Mr. Terry :favourably received. Mr. J. Russel, " LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, who is hourly rising in public estima. “ I have now the honour of address. tion, appeared, for the first time, asing you, to offer the acknowledgments Simon. We suppose the drama was re of the Proprietors of this Theatre, on vived in order to give this gentleman a the close of their season ;-and you new opportunity of displaying his talent, may recollect, that they assured you it and in which he fully succeeded. should be a short life and a merry
The sun did not shine upon this theaone.' tre at the beginning of the season ; Mr. “The first part of this promise they Jamieson's comedy did not attract, and gave with the utmost confidence, being affairs were dull aud cheerless, when the morally certain that their old friends Green Man, got up on the spur of the and guarantees, of Covent Garden or moment, luckily restored the house to Drury Lane (if not of both), would be crowded and applauding audiences. Mr. anxious to redeem this house's pledge Warde, Mr. J. Russell, Miss E. Blan- of brevity, before it was in any danger chard, new actors (the last entirely, the of being forfeited. second almost, and the first altogether “ As to the second part of their oblito London) have appeared advantage- gation,-that of producing mirih,ously; and Terry, Jones, Liston, Gibbs, You have exonerated them. If they and Russel, have shewn on what sure have not furpished mirih themselves, grounds of merit their public apprecia- you, certainly, have brought it with tion stand, when they play where every you ; for (hating those representations, gesture, look, action, tone, and turn of or parts of representations, when we expression, can be critically seen and courted your graver attention), never