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many curious Anecdotes of the last thirty land, to Torneo ; with numerons Por. years of that age.

traits and Plates, illustrating the PhyCaur de Lion, or the Third Crusade, a siognomy and Costume of the different Poem, in Sixteen Books, by Miss Porden, wandering Tribes of Laplanders. is in the Press.

Lord Dillon, Author of several Military In the Press, Conduct is Fate, in 3 and Political Works, has, during his reyols.; also nearly ready, The Provost, or Residence at Florence, written The Life Memoirs of his own Times, compiled and Opinions of Sir Richard Maltravers, from the Papers of James Pawkie, Esq. an English Gentleman of the Seventeeth by the Author of Sir Andrew Wylie. Century, which is now in the Press.

Captain de C. Brooke has nearly ready In the Press, The Scripture Character for the Press, a Tour through Sweden, of God; or Discourses on the Divine AtNorway, and the Coast of Norwegian tributes; by H. F. Burder, M.A. Lapland, to the Northern Cape, in 1820. In the Press, Sacred Lyrics; by James Part the 2d. which will follow, will com Edmeston. Vol. 3. prise a Residence at Hammerfest, in the In the Press, in 1 vol. fools Cap 8vo. lat. of 70', and a Winter's Journey throngh Dangerous Errors, an Interesting Tale. Norwegiau, Russian, and Sweedish Lap


" Veluti in Speculum.”

DRURY LANE. FEB. 23. We most conscientiously The Veteran General's duty appears wish that it were in our power to con to be to relieve the distresses of the gratulate either the public, the mana village, and to bring his daughter Bell ger, or the author, upon the new pro- to a reasonable conception of the duction of this eveoing; but should value of the tender passion, which she we even so far tax our politeness at derides, although opposed by papa the expense of our sincerity, we very and sister. The Farmer, poor man, is much fear that nobody would believe bed-ridden through vexation at the bad us. The truth is, as a friend observed times, until the last scene: but his sons to us on the first representation, that are active in his service. George has though this may be a very tolerable been missing from bis family for many production for Mr. Knight, it would years, though we know neither why, be a most lamentable falling off for nor how, but has become a Captain, any individual who ever wrote beside, saved the life of one of the General's and such “ faint praise" is, alas! all daughters, and retums to his native that we can honestly award him. This village just in time to support the manew attraction was entitled “The Ve nouvres of the General to cause the teran; or, the Farmer's Sons," and to heart of Miss Bell to capitulate to give an accurate detail of it's Plot Capid, and to restore the fallen forwould be as ditficult as the endeavour tunes of his own family. Jorias is emto discover a spark of wit, or genuine ployed in hugging bailiffs, in taking humour, in the dialogue; and we are the King's bounty as a recruit, to pretherefore only enabled to say, that the serve his feyther, in finding a pocket Veteran is a General Van (Munden), book, reasoning on honesty, making who has two pretty daughters, Rosa love to Patty, and, wiping bis eyes (Miss Forde), and Isabella (Madam because he is an honest lad and reVestris), that the the Farmer is one verences his dad. Sergeant-Major old Franklin (Powell), and his two O'Whack, was a sor: of an Irish vocal Sons are Captain George (Harley), and aid-de-camp to the General, and sutJonas (Knight). We can also state, tler to the whole corps of paupers unthat the General has two hangers-on, der the samecommand. Each when they Sergeant O'Rory O'Whack (Fitzwil- could, sang a song, a duet, or a trio, or liam), and a Sicward named Blunt joined in a row-de-dow chorus; and so (G. Smith); to which characters may the whole concluded amidst applause, be added a Recruiting Sergeant (Gattie), with victory over Miss Bell's obdurate a pretty, moping, cottage lass, named heart,-joy for the found brother, and Patty (Miss Povey), and a hard the happy loves of Captain George and hearted Łandlord, one mr. Stone, by Rosa; and Jonas and Patty. Mr. T. Smith.

This plot is obviously good for


nothing, and we regret to say that it's the part of the wily Scotsman, whom deficiency was but very feebly filled up we either never heard of afterwards; by animation in the dialogue, or inter or if he were even a London faest in the music. The chief attraction vourite, seldom, or never, repeated was Miss Forde, as Rosa, who cer- bis temerity. The very many obstatainly exhibited much promise in the cle's with which Mr. Kean has had to lighter range of characters. She has contend, from his usual style of acting a good voice, rather untaught, and being so entirely different, and the though in this instance, unfortunately continued pronunciation of the Scoturged to efforts beyond it's practice tish dialect so extremely dificult, and it's power, will ultimately, we rendered his triumph of course so think, reward her instructors and her- much the more complete; as whatself. Her appearance is favourable, ever trilling drawbacks might appear she has a good figure, agood-humoured in the minuter shades, taken as a countenance, a not ungraceful style of whole, we conceive it to have been as gesture, and may hereafter eligibly effective as any of the most popular succeed some of our present favourites. of that gentleman's preceding characMr. Knight's delineation of the rustic, ters. This perhaps was the more unin his own Opera, without any as- expected from tbc, whisper, that his persion on the skill of that popular

per- courage had somewhat failed him after former, was decidedly absurd. What be had commenced the part. can be more improbable than a clown We must, however, confess that be eternally prating about his feelings, did not come up to our conception of clapping his hand on his heart at every the character in all respects, and also third word, and raving in all the dia- that he played it in a totally different lects that ever shocked the ear from style from Mr. Cooke, whose broad Inverness to Cornwall ? Harley's Cap- and rich humour created an effect betain George, though less repulsive, yond what any one has produced, since was equally beyond the hope of being Macklin himself acted it. Mr. Kean understood; and what attraction could is, perhaps, too restrained in his manbe found in his exaggerated manner ner, and too methodical in his delivery; and preposterous dress by any woman, and the sycophancy of Sir Pertinar is is to be answered only on the suppo- thos by him less apparent than it sition of a passion for absurdity; ought to be. Cooke's hearty laugh though much is to be forgiven him, in and look of ample approbation at every consideration of his most excellent syllable uttered by Lord Lumbercourt, burlesque song on Parliamentary Ora was the finest part of his representatory. Munden played a long, dull, tion, while Mr. Kean gives no adesentimental part very spiritedly; Ma- quate marking of thc character in that dame Vestris acted with much ani- way; but is more meditative than opemation, and Miss Povey sang with rative; and often seeks rather to strike most melodious clearness. The Opera by a silent and formal obsequiousness altogether exbibited much ineffectual than by an over-eager shew of congeindustry, and though it was not hissed, niality of feeling and acquiescence of except in one or two instances, it was opinion with the Lordly dupe. Though not applauded. It's career, as migbt unless his Lordship were in reality & have been expected, has therefore fool, we know not but that Mr. Kean been brief and profitless, and Mr. has the best of the argument in favour Knight's fame and fortune are, we of his mode of performance. His best much fear, neither advanced half a scenes were those with Egertun, where per cent. by the experiment.

he unfolds the way in which he raised his March 18. Mr. Kean's long an fortune, in which Egerton refuses comnounced attempt to embody the diffi- pliance with his schemes ;—that with cult character of Sir Pertinax Macsy- Sidney, where he seeks bis assistance to cophant in Macklin's Man of the destroy the.character of Constantia, and Worldthis evening attracted a most the discovery of the letter to his wife brilliant audience to witness the expe- and son. Mr. Kean has, however, two riment. Since the decease of Cooke, defects which make bis representation this comedy has remained almost en of the character appear far less effective tirely unrepresented, except when than it actually is. His features do pot occasionally revived for one solitary readily melt into a broad complacency, evening, to introduce some one in and his pronunciation of the Scots

dialect is not quite as correct, as prao been anticipated. The entire perfortice will doubtless make it. His mance is most creditable to his talents espression of rage at the disappoint and his fame, and we very sincerely ment arising from bis son's mar congratulate him upon the achieveriage with Constantia, was particu- ment. Egerton was excellently played larly powerful, and his final curse and by Mr. Cooper, and Lady Rodolpha exii drew down reiterated applause. displayed to great advantage the arch Upon the whole, then, if Mr. Kean vivacity of Miss Booth. The more failed in some few púints, where per- inferior characters were, in general, haps much had been expected, he as equally well supported, and the whole certainly surprised the audience, with play got up in a style highly crcditable a most powerful effect, where none had to the Theatre,

PERFORMANCES, Feb. 93. Veteran-Love ia humble Life.

Mar. 19. Beggar's Opera-Love in Humble Life 86. Ditto. Adeline. 87. No Performance. ul. Pizarrolure in Humble Life.

14. West Indiai-Giovanni in London. Har. I. No Performance.

16. Busy Bndy-Love in Humble Life Sleep 4. King Richard Ill-Paul and Virginia.

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3. Veteran-Adeline.

18. Man of the World-Adelinė.
0. N. Performance,
7. Pizarro-Giovanni in London.

80. No Performance.
8. No Performance.

21. Man of te World-Paul and Virginia. 2. Beggar's Opera--Love in Humble Life 09. No Perforinance,

23. Man of the World-Giovanni in London. 11. King kichard IIl-Paul and Virginia.

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13. No Performance.

15. No Performance.

8. Veteran-Adeline.

19 Ditto-Three and the Deuce.


COVENT GARDEN. The ::ouvelle performances behind cedure, to which, in all sincerity, we the scenes at this Theatre,-to which most hcartily wish complete and unwe have considered it would have been qualified success. The only Dramatic indelicate to make any earlier allu- Novelties which it devolves upon us! síon,-have, we apprehend, precluded to notice, we may despatch in a very the introduction of any additional no few sentences.- Mr. Macready's apvelty before them; as, since our last pearance as Daran, in " The Exile, notice, toujours perdris has been the vice Mr. Young, has twice gratified sole order of the day, or rather night; a crowded audience, and extended and, contrary to all preceding prac his own fame, with well-merited eclat, tice, an entire month has glided past, by his very able and energetic perwithout the production of even a tri- formance. - Misses M. Tree and Foote umphant melodrama, or an unsuc have also represented William and cessful farce. The new arrangements Phrebe, in “ Rosina,” for a first time, are, however, now completc ; and we with considerable effect; and on Tuessincerely hope, that we may congra- day, March 19th, Mr. Charles Kemtulate both the public and the pro- ble made his debut for the season as prietors upon the anticipated result. Charles, in Sheridan's

School for Mr. Harris retires from the chief ma Scandnl." In his povel character of nagement, which has for so many years Actor and Manager, Mr. K. was rebeen vested in his own, and in his ceived with enthusiastic applause, father's hands, and is succeeded by and in thus selecting the legitimato Mr. Charles Kemble; who, with Cap- comedy of our country for his retain Forbes, and the Messrs. Wilc appearance before his public friends, letts, as bis coadjutors, is to have the we augur most favourably of his prossole superintendence for ten years. perous career in swaying the drama-' This new compact also includes a tic sceptre of Covent Garden ; wbile complete adjustment of the heavy in- towards a consommation so dc-. cumbrance of debt which has so long voutly to be wished,” he has our pressed upon the concern ; thas leav- warmest desires, and most fervent ing the Proprietors completely un- good wishes for his success. fettered in their future course of pro- ,

ORATORIOS. The Musical Performances of the in toto ccelo from all precedint years. Leņt Season of 1822 bave differed In the first place, they are confined


to Covent Garden Theatre alone; and music would have been inexplicable; in the next, the leading performers and that which least required such of both houses are now united under an interpreter, was least calculated the New Management of Mr. Bochsa. to uphold the imagination of the Without impugning the professional hearer to the grandeur of his theme. talents of this gentleman, which, we The striking of a single gong, and the understand, are highly appreciated sibilation of an ordinary piece of mewhere such estimation is most valu- chanism, used to imitate the whistling able; there are not a few reasons, wind and pelting shower, in our theawhy Mr. B. is not exactly the in- tres, were employed to express the dividual we should have conceived in death-roaring voice of the tide." and all respects fitted to condact these “the howling of the elements at each performances. We leave opinions, otber in their fury;” our readers will however, to speak of facts, and one therefore readily judge of the Comgreat proof of exertion is, tbat the Sea- poser's inspiration ; though the seson has produced us a new Oratorio. cond part, which treats of returning We have not now time to write an tranquillity, has more merit, and beessay upon the difficulties which the ing, we presume, more in unison with Composer of an Oratorio has to en the author's taste and talents, was counter, but we may safely set it infinitely preferable. The partnership down as an axiom, that they are in- of Messrs. Bochsa and C. Dibdin, surmountable, except to genius the however, will, we much fear, never most sublime and commanding. The produce a splendid composition ; task is nothing less than to write an though as the latter gentleman bas epic poem in musical sounds; and been rather severely criticised upon when it is considered that they can the occasion, it is but justice to him to only present impressions to the feels observe, that, entirely contrary to the ings, not ideas to the mind, and that usual practice, Mr. Dibdin wrote the this medium of thought and senti- words to the music, instead of Mr. ment is very uncertain in it's nature, Bochsa writing the music to the words. as well as it's principles, it will be When they attempt another Oratorio, evident that the loftier efforts in the therefore, we would earnestly recomart must frequently end in disappoint- mend an adherence to the ancient mement. The effect of music also, in a thod, as their present experiment on great degree, depends npon associa " The Deluge" having been repeated tion; and even those who are most but twice, must be considered a faildelicately sensible to it's fascinations, ure. The other performances have owe no small portion of their enjoy- been, The Messiahonce; and “The ment to the language, which is en Creation," with “ Selections," " Miscelshrined in sounds appropriately sweet laneous Acts" &c. &c. ad infinitum, comand expressive. In Mr. Bochsa's prising something of all sorts. The perOratorio, founded on the incidents formers, buth vocal and instrumental, of the Deluge,he has provided, have been of the first talent which the from the pen of Mr. Charles Dibdin, metropolis could furnish, and the puba description of all that his compo- lic patronage has been equally liberal sition is intended to express, in the as the exertions for their entertainpreludes and symphonies, as well as ment; although we much fear, that in the vocal portions of the work. the speculation is upon too large a Without this aid, a great part of his scale to be repaid this season.


1842. Feb. 25. Montrose-Harlequin and Mother Bunch, Mar. 18. Montrose-Miller and his Men. 26, DittoJohn of Paris.

13. Oratorio 27. Oratorio.

14. Tw Gentlemen of Verona–Tom Thumb 28. Montrose - A Roland for an Oliver.

-Sleep Walker, Dlar. 1. Oratorio.

15. Oratorio. 2. Mentrose-Critic.

16. Hob Roy-Rosina. 4. Ditto-Harlequin and Mother Buni h.

18. Exile-Blue Beard. 5. Exile-Brother and Sister.

19. School for Scandal-Miller and his Men. 6, Oratorio.

20. Oratorio. 7. Montrose-Libertine.

21. Montrnse-Rosina, 8. Oratorio.

29. Oratorin, 9. Montrose-No Song No Supper, 11. Exile-Blue Beurd.

43. Comedy of Errors-A Ruland for an Oli


ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. MARCH U. “ Ever charming, ever would swear that in these transforma. new." like the landscape at Grongar tions he was Wilkes, Macklin, Tate Hill, our inimitable friend Mathews Wilkinson, Cooke, Suett, or whoever has once more opened his annual cain else may be introduced, rather than paign “At Home;" where we have not Charles Mathews. failed paying him our earliest respects. The lectures open with an account For the fifth season he has again ven of his birth on the 28th of June, 1776, tured upon the ardnous experiment of and subsequent adventures till he was entertaining a crowded andience by his an hour and a quarter oid! From one single-banded exertions; and if laugh- to ten lis life is pretty even, except ter be a proof of success, -and we real- that his schoolmaster at a preparatory ly know of none so legitimate-his seminary is fond of exercise, and setriumphis encrease as he proceeds, and fects him to play Whackum with, till the present year's drolleries far excel he used to cast his young eyes up to the all his former attractions. Contrary to organ in a corner of the school, and our apprehensions, we are happy to wish that he resembled it's gilt Cherusay that Mr. Mathews looked in good bim, in being all head and wings. health and spirits, for had he not been From this discipline he is sent to so, we mast certainly have had to re Merchant Tailors' Sehool, where he is cord his final exit before he had got lively and mischievous, and whence he half through his arduous task. The bears the remembrance of the three evening's amusement is, as usual, di- Masters Wilkinsons, his companions, vided into Three Parts. The First whose anniversary orations in Latin, comprising the period from his Birth Greek, and English, he ludicrously to bis arrival in Dublin; the Second copies. At this age ihe dramatic mania including his stay in Ireland, his de- seizes him, and be performs for the parture for Wales, his removal to first time, together witly Elliston, at Yorkshire, his arrival in the Metro- their French teacher's, in a first floor polis, and his debut at the Hay Mar over a pastry-cook’s in the Strand. ket; which properly concludes the nar Like the course of true love, the course rative of his earlier days. The Third of stage love never did run smooth, and Part is a Petite Farce, under the title his father, a respectable bookseller, of “ Stories,” in which some of the had many objections to our hero's draprevious characters are introduced, matic propensities. Ho is called on and with some new ones exhibit the to choose a trade, and sings a very inloves and difficulties of Mr. George different song about the London DirecAugustus Fipley, and Miss Amelrosa, tory. He is, however, bourd apprenwith the hunxourous blunders of the lod- tice to his father, and for that purpose gers on the first second and third floors taken to Wilkes, then Chamberlain of of a watering-place lodging-house. London. His imitation of this famous

That all who can visit the English City Magistrate is exquisite. With Opera House, will do so, we entertaini his eyes directed two ways, he advises not the slightest doubt; but as our the apprentice always to look straight invalid, and country friends, will ex before him; and above all things to pect a rather more minute detail of avoid meddling with politics, against this attractive novelty, for their sakes which he could give him at least fortywemostrcadily proceed to tell the story five reasons! Thus admonished, Charles more at length. The new entertain- is placed behind the counter in the ment is entitled “ The Youthful Days 'book-shop, till bis determined passion of Mr. Mathews," and comprehends a for the Stage makes him a vagabond gemuine, tbough whimsical biography by act of Parliament. of bimself, introducing numerous cha At first his professional success is racters whom he encountered in his rather disheartening, for he is voted to progress, almost as identical as if they betalentless, and bis tragic abilities are too had come to the Theatre, to recite chiefly valued for his fencing in fight. their own doings, and play their own ing scenes, which when be acts, are parts. In this, our bero's astonishing accordingly protracted to five and powers and versatility are most con- twenty minutes! An interview with spicuous: if ever a man was beside Macklin, then in bis 1030 year, himself, he is the person, for any body is capitally given, and the veteran's

Eur. Mag. Fol. 81. March, 1822.


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