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THEATRICAL JOURNAL.

Veluti in Speculum.”

DRURY LANE.

Mr. Kean appeared on the 21st ul- degree of dramatic genias. Don Felix timo for the first time as Don Pelix, exhibits little of this kind, but, neverin the “Wonder," a character which theless, affords scope for a fine concephas been occasionally attempted by tion, by the rapidity of his transitions leading tragedians from the days of from love to anger, and from anger to Garrick, who took his leave in it. It love. There is an easy vein of genis a light sketch of an ardent and jea- tility throughout the character, which lous temperament, kindled by very ex Mr. Kean assumed with the most happy citing circumstances, and affording some success. We were now and then indeed animated passages of vehement and in reminded of Mr. Kean's higher powers consistent passion, and the character of tragedy, but they were never out of could not, therefore, fall into better place; and in the comedy of his part, bands than in Mr. Kean's. Of any he was quite as happy as in its passion, thing further Mrs. Centlivere was inca- especially in the scene in which he aspable, nor would the texture of her sumes intoxication, in order to deceive comedy have admitted of the delinea- the father of Violante. Mr. Kean made tion of deep mental conflicts, which the utmost of his very slight material, might have been pourtrayed by a higher and put the house into exceeding good

humour. Could Mrs. Glover have look best acting: Wolsey's reproof of the ed Violante, nothing more would have court sycophants, who were exulting in been desirable, as her conception of his fall, was given with the finest effect; genteel comedy is always correct. The and in the sentence, “ Had I but served remaining characters were well sustain- my God,” he infused the most thrilling ed; and we regret that the house was pathos. Mrs. West's Queen Catherine not well attended, as the play was for was a respectable performance. the benefit of Miss Tidswell, on her Mr. Holman's comic

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Abroad retirement from the stage. At the end and at Home,” has been represented of the play, Miss Tidswell was led for for the first time at this theatre, but ward by Mr. Kean, and addressed to the we certainly cannot conceive that the audience a few well chosen sentences, managers have added to the attractions expressive of her gratitude for the fa- of their stage by adopting this piece. vours she had received from the public The plot of this opera is destitute of for forty years.

Miss Tidswell was ingenuity in its management, and is in much affected; and the termination of itself worthy only of a farce: the chaa career of forty years is affecting un racters are drawn without nature or der all circumstances. She was much probability; and the dialogue can boast and deservedly applauded.

of but little vivacity or elegance. Mr. Kean has repeated the per. The “Peasant Boy," and " Katherine formance of the character of Wol and Petruchio,” have also been per

Henry VIII.” Until the formed, and were so pleasingly reprethird act, Wolsey has little to per sented, that we had nothing to regret form; and his only part is, by his ap- except the want of an audience to parpearance, to give the audience the idea take of our satisfaction. or anticipation of the solemn dignity, This Theatre is now closed, and we as well as the lofty ambition and impe are extremely sorry to hear that the rious grandeur of his character. We season has not proved so beneficial to need not say that in these respects Mr.

Mr. Elliston as his merits as a manager Kean was deficient; and we had occasion and an actor deserves. At a very reto regret the days of yore, when Mr. cent meeting of the proprietors it apKemble filled this character with unri- peared that the pecuniary affairs of this valled excellence. But in the third act, Theatre are in a very improving state, Mr. Kean exhibited his vigorous con

and the conduct of Mr. Elliston was ception of the character, and afforded highly approved. the audience some fine specimens of the

sey, in

COVENT GARDEN.

MAY 30.-Mr. Macready performed subdue them so often by unlooked-for Othello for his benefit; an undertaking pathos, as Mr. Kean, but he preserved of no small peril, while the excellence throughout a loftier tone in his sufferof Mr. Kean in the character is freshing and his revenge. His delivery of in the public mind. Mr. Macready, the speech to the Senate had less indishowever, without any imitation of Mr. criminate pomp of utterance than is Kean, and without disturbing the noble usual; but it was a natural, varied, and impressions which he has left on our affecting narration of the “ round unmemory, succeeded in giving a repre varnished tale" of a soldier's wooing sentation of the part, abounding with and success.

Mr. Young made the vilindividual traits of grandeur and of lainy of Jago more palpable even than beauty, and forming altogether a con usual, so much so, as to occasionally sistent and harmonious whole. In the almost destroy the decorum of the scene, oriental cast of his figure, and the rich and to raise a titter in the house. Miss ness and compass of his voice, he brought Foote, in Desdemona, acted as well as eminent physical advantages to his task, she looked. Abbot played Cassio very which his sense of the passion and pleasantly, especially in the drunken poetry of the character enabled him scene. Mrs. Faucit would have been excellently to improve. He did not more effective in Emilia, if she had electrify the audience with bursts of exerted herself less. The “ Marriage of emotion so sudden or so terrific, or Figaro" followed, in which Mr. Mac.

ready sustained the part of Count Alma- scarcely need say that she was entirely viva with considerable gaiety and hu at home in it. The peculiar charm of mour.

this actress, is what is emphatically The Law of Java,” and “ Cherry termed feeling, and she displays it at and Fair Star," have been played. once in air; deportment, and voice. We These performances certainly do not know not whether that which in respect come within the description of a rational to recitation is usually a defect, meaning entertainmeut; for the excellent acting a want of force and of distinctness, may in the former piece cannot rid it of the not rather aid the peculiar charm of weaknesses and absurdities that charac Miss Tree. That" calm and gentle terize it, nor can the splendid and beau- marking, which is so peculiarly her tiful scenes of the latter compensate for own, and which, if called into momenthe utter absence of every thing intel tary vehemence, rises and falls with lectual in its composition. “ The Law such feminine grace, would be altogeof Java" has run its nine nights; and ther marred by the shrill and piercing although for the sake of Mr. Bishop's utterance which can more completely music, executed delightfully as it is by fill the house. Cut down as “Cymbeline Miss Stephens and Miss Tree, there now is, there is but one scene in which might exist some wish that the piece Imogen has to express much transition should go on longer, yet we must con of emotion, and that is in the first interfess that a tenth representation would view with Iachimo, which Miss Tree inevitably consign us to the custody of performed as delightfully as the simiMorpheus, notwithstanding the lively lar single passage in the “Two Genstrains of the fair Nourjadhee.

tlemen of Verona," where a doubt is Mr. Liston's “ Last Benefit at this thrown upon the truth of her lover, Theatre,” a productive one. starting into reproof of the wily Italian He played Sir Bashful Constant, in with the like beautiful energy. The the Comedy of The Way to Keep pastoral scenes, in which she assumes Him." It was a most amusing perform- boyhood, precisely as a modest but

Mrs. Liston, after the Comedy, love-deserted damsel should do, are came forward, assisted by her husband, also exceedingly curtailed; but her to take leave of the public on her re simple entrance into the cave, and timid tiriyg from the stage. She said and and irresistable appeal to the kindness of sung her Valedictory Address, which those who find her there, were indiswas written for the occasion by Mr. cribably excellent-indiscribable, beColman. Mrs. Liston expressed the cause so little is to be either said or feelings natural on such an occasion ; done; and yet that little is made so and the audience, remembering how effective. often she has delighted with her sweet Young performed Iachimo, and Mactones, paid her the tribute of their thanks ready Leonatas, so that the piece was and good wishes.

strongly supported. The play, indeed, The tragedy of “Cymbeline” was was very well got up throughout ; only revived for the benefit of Miss Tree, we cannot understand such a variety of who of course assumed the ler costume. Young in the Roman Toga, and roinantic character of Imogen. and Leonatus and Clotus in the garb This part is altogether of that caste of the gay cavaliers of the sixteenth from which Miss Tree receives distinc. century. The play is all anachronism tion, and to which it may with equal and anomaly; there is the less occa* truth be said, that she gives it, that we sion to make it more so.

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HAYMARKET THEATRE.

The first performance of the season Within." The play was “The School for was intended for the relief of the suf- Scandal ;” an apt selection, considering fering Irish, but as most of the theatri- the purpose to which the night was decal benefactions have either failed alto- dicated, but a difficult and trying one gether, or produced but little, the re for any company in the metropolis. It ceipts on this occasion were likewise is needless to say more than that it was inconsiderable. The entertainments better got up than we could have ex.commenced with a new farcical Sketch, pected, and that the manner of its rein one act, entitled “The Bill of Fare: ception was another tribute to the geor, For Further Particulars inquire nius of its immortal author. Some ju

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