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Iman whose habits have been fáinilia- rational and intelligent being, whose rised from his infancy with our follies Judgment hath never been corrupted, and our vices: but they are strikingly and who, far from being cloyed with the just in the month of a Battuéca's, for specivus appearance of ihe world, must such must be the impressions of a feel and enjoy its charms with avidity.

THEATRICAL JOURNAL.

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DRURY:LANE. DRURY-LAVE THEATRICAL FUND, Charities with which this metropolis

abounded, none, said his Royal Highgratifying duty to record in these ness, came more home to their feelings pages, the annals of that benevolence than the present. Every Englishman for which England is famed throughout inust feel a pride in nurturing and enthe globe, but never have we enjoyed a couraging the genius of his own counprouder freling of exultation at our try ; and they could not effect that country's munificence, than from the object better iban by affording a comcoromenioration which these lines are fortable retreat to those who had jatended to introduce. Our encomi- passed their best years in the service of ums of the liberality then displayed, the public.—(Cheering.) He should might indeed be lavish without fallery, not detain the company longer, assembut they are not required, -lhe pur, bled as they were for a convivial as well suits of active charity have a record as a charitable purpose, but would proelsewhere, and a recompense which will pose as a toast,“ Success to the Thea. endure for ever!

irical Fund of Drury.lane Theatre, and On Wednesday, March the ulth, its worthy Master, Mr. EDMUND a splendid public festival was given at KEAN.”—This toast was received with the City of London Tavern, for the loud and long continued applause, purpose of increasing the Fund for the until Benefit of decayed Actors of the above Mr. Kean rose, and spoke to the fol. Theatre, which was inost numerously lowing effect:-" The generous sentiattended; and his Royal Highness the meut which your Royal Highness has Duke of York having entered the din., been pleased to express, with reference ner room at a quarter before seven, im.' to the Drury-lane Fund, assisted as it mediately took the Chair, supported, bas been by the kind plaudits of this by

company, induces ine to undertake a The Earls of Yarmouth and Essex, task, to the just performance of which,' Lords Holland and Montford, Sir Joho notwithstanding all your kindness, I am Silvester, Bart. Pascoe Grenfell, J. H. ioadequate. In the name of my brother Massey Dawson, and Joho Dent, Esqs. actors, subscribers to this Fund, which, the Hon. Douglas Kinnaird, Richard by your presence, your Royal Highness Wilson, Esq. &c. &c. &c.

will this day greatly assist,-in the On the cloib being removed, the usual absence of those whose prayers for your loyal and patriotic toasts were given, welfare arise from the retreat of pover. and Non Nobis Domine, God save the ty, and from the bed of sickness in the King, Hail Star of Brunswick, &c. name of those unfortunate persons, who were sung by Messrs. Pyne, Broadhurst, may, hereafter, be indebted for relief to Sinith, Taylor, aud the other vocal per the Drury.lane Fund, allow me to aítempt formers.

an expression of those thanks which The health of the Duke of YORK their hearts must necessarily feel, but having been proposed by the Earl of to express which, with the force and Essex, and drank with three times feeling the occasion calls for, demands three,

powers in Ginitely greater than those His Royal HIGINESS, in returring which I possess. As Master and Treathanks expressed the great pleasure he surer of the Drury lave Fund, it is felt at seeing so numerous and respec. pecessary that I should make soine ob. table a company assembled ; and, he servations as to the value of that lastia was sure, they could not have assembled tution, and the particular causes which in a better cause. Amongst the various have occasioned this meeling. This Europ. Mag. Vol. LXXIII. Mar. 1818.

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duty I will endeavour to discharge. which had previously been the sole But amongst the many circumstances solace of misery and of wretchedness. which prove how little fitted I am for In 1814, and 1815, prosperity agaio the task assigned to me, there is one shonc on us, and by ihe kind permisthat I must particularly allude to,

-sion of the Committee of Drury.lave, mean the presence of a Gentleman, a benefit was again resorted to, which whose knowledge of the Drury-lane enabled us to restore to our appuitants Fund must enable him to speak of it what we had loog withbeld from them. with more correctness than I can do; Having made this statement, it is now whose eminent abilities did honour to my duty to express to your Royal his profession; whose private virtues Highness, the deep obligation I feel for leot' a grace to the Institution, and your presence, on this occasion. Allow whose name added a lustre to it.

me to say, that this day will stand (Great applause.) I allude to my im. proudly distinguished amongst the mediate and most respected predecessor, numerous records of the City of LonMr. John Bannister a Gentleman, don. Great are her charities, -wealthy whose long professional career, was con and respectable are her citizens, -and stantly marked by public favour and by it must fill them with sentiments of the private esteem-( Applause )-a Gentle. most gratifying nature, to reflect, that man, whose retirement from the stage, they have ever found, in your Royal though it deprived every actor of a Highness, a champion in the cause of brother, did not withdraw from bim a viriuc-a guide in the pursuit of every friend. His contributions to the Drury. thing good and estimable-(Cheers.) lane Fund must rank foremost amongst the list of our patrons, on this occasiou, the most useful and disinterested acts of is already before the world-our poshis life. To myself, it is a particular sessions amount to 3201. per annuinsourse of regret, that any circumstance and I need scarcely say, that is a sum should have operated to occasion me to manifestly inadequate to meet the claims succeed him. But, placed in this situa. which the decay of our bretbren may tion, I am called on to offer some history expose the Fuud to. I am convioced, of the nature of our Institution. The tbat, were our records knowo by the name by which our Establishment is not Public, they would afford the best comvocommonly, nor improperly distin. mentary on the state of the Institution guished, at once declares its founder and the best reason for supporting it and chief benefactor-it being generally Our records disclose a long list of hopes known as “ GARRICK's Fund."-It was destroyed, of expectations disappointed ! his happiness, ten years after be first set There is not a page of it that would oot this plan on foot, which was in the year draw a tear of pity from the most ob1766, to receive from Parliament its durate—that would not afford to the sanction, establishing this as a Corpo. moralist a lesson worthy of the deepest rate Body. From him, as Patentee of consideration (Applause.) All the Drury-lane Theatre, the Fund derived varieties of distress which the Poet hus the greatest advaotage. He generously painted are tbere to be found : devoted one night in the season to its

“ Ambition this shall tempt to rise, benefit,--and his last will recorded bis

Then whirl the wretch from high, posthumous liberality: Up to bis death, To bitter scorn a sacrifice prosperity attended the lostitution,

And grinning infamy ; and, after his decease, his spirit seerned The stings of falsehood those shall try, to hover around that fabric which he And hard Unkindness' alter'd eye, bad reared- and, in aid of it, his Execu That mocks the tear it forced to fitow, tors placed 40001. in the hands of the And keen Remorse, with blood defild, Trustees. The food progressively in

And Moody Madness laughing wild, creased till 1793. Our records then

Amid severest woe!' show a dreary and barren waste of (Cheering).-The poet might have found twentyyears, and vot only were no be- in our • brief chronicle many realizaquests made during that time, but our tions of this last sad description. Perreceipts fell lamentably short of the mit me again to express my gratitude to clai:is that were made on the fund. So your Royal Highness for your appear. much so, that the melancholy task de ance here this day-and to apologise lo volved upon those who administered the company. for having detoined them the fund, of decreasing, in a ratio of so long; and I have now only to adil 10 aud even 20 per ceut., the pillance my hope, th:1 the Master's defects will

not prove the Society's misfortune." during the dinner, and sung by that (Loud Cheering).

gentlemad in the course of the areaThis address he delivered with the ing:most graceful and persuasive eloquence, Protectors of Genius! whose kiodness we and we do not remember to have heard

bless, a speech more apt to the purpose or Who are here to save Merit from futuro more tasteful both in the composition distress, and delivery-it was evidently drawn No grief more enduring may you ever from bim, also, on the iustuni, as the

know, Royal Duke coupled his owne unex.

Than the tear you're beguild of, by our

mimic Woe! pectedly with that of the fuod they were assembled to support.

The art which we're told pature's faulto The Duke of YORK then proposed, can conccal, ** The health of the late Master, Mr.

Made GARRICK six feet, and Dame PRITJohn Bannister."- (Applause).

CHARD genteel, Mr. BANNISTER thanked his Royal

Wou'd ne'er have allain'd this pre-cmincnt

day Highness, and the poble company pre. But for warm Liberality's fostering ray. seis, for the high honour conferred opou him. When he retired froin the

Of the High Mettled Racer my Sise's well

known strain stage, he had considered it a great hap

Made you joy in his glory, and gricre o'er piness that he had an opportunity of

his wane; resigning the situation of Master of the And shall not my Muse too, who owes every Theatrical Fund to Mr. Kean, whose line exquisite and original talents were cal. To the Actor's success, try to cheer bis culated to reuder it most important decline? servic:'s. If heretofore the Committee The Pencil, the Graver, the Chisel, the of Drury-lane Theatre had experienced Pen, any feelings of disappointment wbile When their Masters expire, make them contemplating the superior patronage

live o'er again; enjoyed by the Theatrical Fund of Not so the Tragedian, of wbom may be

said Covent-Garden, he hoped, after the experience of this day, Mr. Kean might He oft dies when alive, but don't live when

he's dead. be allowed to say, iu his usual excellent

If his brilliant exertions are doom'd thus

to pass * Now is the winter of our discontent Like Banquo's crown'd phantoms in Fate's Made glorious summer by the sun of mystic glass, YORK."

Since uoceruin the time he may with us (Thunders of Applause).

appear,

Do pray make him happy as long as he's s The Vice Presidents,” “ The Com

bere, mittee of Drury-Lave Theatre,” “The

Yet one way there is, you'll permit me to Perforiners," is The Ladies of the

name, Stage," “ The Memory of Garrick," By which the Profession bave gaio'd solid “ The memory of Sheridan,” “ The

fame; Duke of Bedford,” and “ the Covent of character jealous, we see them oft Garden Theatrical Fund,” were among teach ibe toasts which followed.

By practice those maxims the Drama may Tha:.ks were returned by Lord Hole preach Land, the Earl of Yarmoute, and May the Fair, who by Virtue embellish the others. A variety of judiciously selected Stage, songs and glees diversified the enter. lo ynuth be belov'd and respected io ago; tainments of the evening, and the Duke And may Actors all join to support this of YORK lett the room just before

day's cause, eleven o'clock, amidst the reiterated

But ne'er want its produce except tho plaudits of the company, Mr. KEAN

upplause! had previously reported the subscrip- Already intrusive I've kept you too long, tions to amount to nearly 10001.

But add, with respect, just to finish my In concluding our brief narrative of song, this Theatrical ** Feast of Reason,” we

May Gratitude echo for this glorious day

From the City of London-to YORK, lade, are happy in being enabled to give a

huzza: copy of the following lines, the extempotaneous production of Mr. DIDIN, Marcu 14.This ercping Mę. Harry

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Johnston took his beneft, and three, which issues from it is scarcely less. pieces of the melo dramatic class were There are two large circles, ihe upper performed. In these be exhibited regular and emitting an uninterrupted great talent, for be is undoubtedly the blaze, the lower proceeding from a disforemost performer in this line whion positiou of the glass materials, which we have.' His Donald in the Falls of gives it the appearance of easy drapery, Clyde, and his Three Fingered Jack, and shining out in six distinct and equi. are natural and powerful representa distant spaces. Above those is a smaller tions. It is a question whether the circle, lighted up with equal brilliarcy, study of such characters does or does while the glass work ascends towards not impair the capacity for efforts the roof in a pyramidical shape, Väries which may be called higher, because and ornamented in a very tastelul manthey belong to a higher order of the ner. The whole is dependant on a large, drama We are afraid they do. We but almost hidden central bar, and six remember this Actor a better tragedian inclosing lines, or tubes of polished, than he appears to us to be now; and brass, by which the gas appears to be we remember Ellision, one of the niost supplied The elevation of this superb able performers we ever saw, and pos. Justre is higher than that at Covento sessing qualities to raise him to the top garden Theatre. To the pit and ibe of his profession, spoiled, in a great dress circle it affords a serene and gra. degree, by similar pursuits. Perhaps tifying light, and can only be specifi. an useful Isso! may be drawn from cally observed by the eye beirg directed what we have stated. It may occur lo upwards. But at the uppermost circle, those among ihe aspirants of the healre, the illumination and the heai are rather who take the trouble to think, that the too powerful. The design and execue, exaggeration of passion is so far infe- tion, however, are highly creditable to rior to malural imitation as to be des. the genius and reputation of Mr. Cole, tructive of interest instead of affecting Jins, the juventor and artist. The -the ruiu of effect, instead of effece objections that were so loudly and tive. It is loo true that the practice of geverally urged against the Pagodal or, the stage almost invariably leads to a Chinese ornaments ju the saloon, have mannerism which defracts as much from been removed, and a more quiet appear. the merit of an actor, as experience ance is presented there in the charge of adds to it-generally more. And when i colour on the seats or sofas from red to to this universal principle is superadded, green. The light, however, produced the overwroughi vices of dumb-show, from three su-pended circles is not it is impossible that the heart of an sufficient for the spaciousness of the audience can be touched, however their room, and will probably be remedied. eyes may be dazzled and their cars The Play was John Bull, followed by split.

Obi; or; Three-fingered Jark. In the MARCA 23.—This evening the acti- several pörformances of those there was vity of the Managers, during the recent" nothing new to be remarked. To talk short recens, was manifested conspicu: , of the exquisite acting of Dowlon, in ously, io ibe display of a new and mag; ' Job Thornber y, or of Jobrisione, in nificent lustre of cut glass., suspended Brulgruddery, would be only tiring our from the centre of the ceiling over the Readers with " a thrice: fold iale." pit, and communicating, by innumera The same objection prevents a repetie ! ble gas flames most beautilully disposed, tion of the merits of 'Oxberry, in Dan, a profusion of light to all parts of the of Powell, in Perenlinr, and of Mrs. bouse before the curtain. The splendid Orger, Miss Boyce, and Mrs. Sparks, in apparatus is not in compass so large as · Lady Caroline Draymore, Mary Thurn. that of Covent Garden, but the light berry, and Mrs. Brulgruvdery.

PERFORMANCES.

Mar. 9. King Richard III.-Innkeeper's Daughter. Feb. 24. Bryde of Abydos—The Romp.

Bryde oi Abydus-Miduight Hour 26. King Richard the Third-hee Wecks alter 12. New Way to Pay Old Debts, Innkeeper's Marriage.

Daughter.

is. No pertornance. Town and Country-Rosina.

14. Falls of Clyde-Three and the Deace Mar. 8. Castle of Glemoncralaising the Wind.

Obi; o , Three-fingered Jack. 3. "The Will Poor Soldier.

16.-91-i assion Week. 4. Oratorio.

28. John Bull Obi. 6. Bryde of Abydns-Midnight Hour.

Know your own Mind-Ditto. 6. No performance.

25. Rob Roy; or, the Gregarul. Fortune's 7. Othello-Three Weeks after Marriage.

Proick:

1818.

95. Oratorin.

10.
II. Oratorio,

9:. No performance.

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COVENT GARDEN, If the modern stage is not remark pass with her target and sword, united able for the vigour if its inventions, it finely with the lofty and savayro formos certainly cannot be said !o have slept of the landscape, and the shoul and much of iaie : id variety is among the rushing of the Clan to the allach of the be-l compensations for deficiency in the King's Troisps, completed the reality powerful and the original. The novel of u picture to be seen but iu that couvof Hiob Roy has be.'si transformed into try and that age The shirinish bore a drania, and was this evening ex. the closest likeness lo real combat that hibited. The dramatis persona were the stage perhaps ever presented. The Sir Frederick Vernon. Mr. EGERTON.

outcry of ihr Highlanders was followed

by the Englisi bugle, and the ciamour Rashleigh Orbuluis }

of ihe charge, the resistance, aud the

Mr. ABBOTT. Francis 0 baldistoue - Mr. SixCLAIR.

fight, extended widely through the

havek.ground of the view; the clash Owen

Mr. BLANCHARD. Captain Thornton ..Mr. Connor.

of the bayonel and sword, the blaze

of muskels, and the perpeiuai braying Rub RubeMacgregor}

and roll of horn and drum, gave it even Campbell Mr. MacREADY.

a stronger character than seems to Dougal

Mr. TOKELY.

bave been conceived by the origioal Major Galbraill Nr. TAYLOR.

designer, and tho e who saw it may conBaillie Jarvie

Mr. Liston. Jobsou...

Mr. Swaons.

gratulate themselves in having bebek a

minor battle with all but its bloodshed. Diana Vernon

Miss S1 EPHENS.

The scene of Mac:regor's cave, with its Mattie

Mrs STERLING,

wild depths and moonlight shore, and Kattie

Mrs. Bishop.

placid silvery sea, was strikingly in Helen Macgregor....Mrs. EGERTON.

unison with the events thal were to take Highland Peasantry, Soldiers, &c.

place there, the final intiction on flashThose foru a numerous population, leigh, the developement of Rob lioy's and the Play is a continued bustle. noble and wnyward beart, the meelog The story commences aller the first with Diana Vernon, and the tranquil volume of the ovel, and then follows joy which was from that place and the narrative with tolerable closeness to hour to be shed over lives which had the catastrophe in the dea hof Rashleich struggled so painfully and so long. The by kob Hoy's hand. We may there. actorsdeserved peculiar praise. Abbott, fore leave ihe detail, and speak of its in an ung acious part, was manly withperformance. The music is in general out being violeni. Listou, imperlect preils; for it has, with a few exceptions, in his Scotch, was complete in the dry been taken from the popular inclody of waggery and blended courage and cowScotland, The idea was suitabile, and ardice of isaillip : Blanchard's Owen was the choice forlunate. The audience soon exhausted, but was excellent so far unexpectedly heard the fine airs which

as it proceeded in the Play. Tokely, have been so long touching and popular, as a tra i gregor, a wild Highlander, aud Roy's It ist, suig as a duei by Miss played incomparably, with great force,. Stephens and sinclair, with some others, fisielity, and svageness. Maeready may were loudly encored.

The scenery

fix ou lo. Hry as his mosi fortunate makes a conspicuous fcature of the part We have certainly seen hinal no Pay. The second act presents an time to higher advantage. Miss Sieadmirable view of Glasgow by 1:0011 plens and sociair were chietiy employed light, the spot of limb viny's interview ia miking love and suging, the first wilb Fran 18 Oshaldisione ; but the avocation proverbially linnteresting to chief action ly ng in the Highlands, the, tbe spectators, but the second got principal delovestions are of the moun ibrough with much occasional skill, iain and the bike, the heath and the and was rewarded by frequent and yelleravive. The scene of the ambush was a, ral applause. Mrs. Everion was a masvery able and picturesque view of the culine berolie', a dicsom.rriies of a jnterior of the mountain country biglier rank of avidness and lite, and she long lake .preading in misty blue, sustained ali her already acquired ho. among crags and tells, bare aud brukeo nors in that line of character. – The promoutories, and the scaltered and house was crowded. hardy vegetation of the North. The March 23. - 1101 Rey was repeated. figure of the heroine, wife of luce The spirit and vasicly which struck, gregor, standing at the gorge of the us in this Drama on its brst performance

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