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8. [Miss NORTON's Night.] Richard III. Apprentice. Dick, by a Gentleman, bis first appearance on any stage-Blind Boy.

9. Benefit of the four Misses Adams.) Road to Ruin. Old Dornton, Mr. Chapman. Sophia, Miss Adams. The OAK AND THE Ivy; or the Origin of a British Tar, a new allegorical Ballet, by Mr. Byrne ; in which Master Oscar BYRNE performed Cupid, Oscar and Malvina.

10. [Benefit of Messsr. CLAREMONT and KING.]. Wanderer Tom Thumb.

11. Speed the Plough--Blind Boy.

13. [Mr. BRANDON’s Benefit.] Pizarro Oak and the Ivy-Who Wins ?

14. Benefit of Mess. GRIMALDI and BOLOGNA, jun.) School of Reform-Day after the Wedding Harlequin and Mother Goose.

15. (Benefit of Mrs. DIBdinand Mr. WADDY.) English Fleet Vauxhall Gala. Lie of the Day. . 16. [Miss Bolton's Benefit.] Abroad and at Home Day after the Wedding--Tom Thumb.

17. Begone dull Care Highland Laddie-Who Wins ? ' 18. Road to Ruin Sophia, Miss Norton-Of Age To-morrow.

20. [Mr. GLASSINGTON's (Prompter) Night.] Hamlet-Who Wins?

21. [Mr. MUNDEN'$ Night.] Laugh when you Can. Mrs. Mor, timer, Miss Logan; Miss Gloomly, Mrs. Davenport; Emily, Miss Norton. (NEVER ACTED.) PORTRAIT OF CERVANTES, or The Plotting Lovers; characters by Mess. Munden, Jones, Brunton, Blanchard, Liston, Waddy, Atkins. Mrs. Gibbs, Miss Bristow Turppike Gate-Sir Edward, Mr. Bellamy; Robert Maythorn, Mr, Liston. Mary, Miss Bolton.

22. [Benefit of Messrs. Chapman, Field, and Ware, Leader of the Band.] Douglas. Glenąlvon, Mr. Chapman; Lady Randolph, Miss Smith-Rival Soldiers. Sinclair, Mr. PAYNE, (his ist appearance.) Harlequin and Mother Goose.

25. Suspicious Husband. Jacintha, Miss Norton ; Lucetta, Mrs. Gibbs. Poor Soldier.

24. School of Reform-Highland Laddie-Fortune's Frolick. .

25. Road to Ruin-Child of Nature. Duke Murcia, Mr. Ox. berry; Amanthis, Mrs. H. Johpston.

26. (Last Night.] Macbeth-Portrait of Cervantes.

June 7. Mrs. Mattocks retired from the stage on this evening. This is another actress which the public cannot yet well spare. Her talents had suffered no decay, and she leaves behind her no actress that can supply her situation. We hope it may be true, as reported, that the Queen has allowed her a pension of 2001. a year.

ISABELLA MATTOCKS was born in the year 1746. Her uncle, MF, William Hallam, was at that time manager of the theatre in Goodman's Fields. Her father performed there, and was esteemed an excellent low comedian. Worldly embarrassments compelled him, when his daughter was only four years old, to quit England, and try his fortune in America. Her aunt Barrington, an actress of merit, with true sisterly affection, prevailed on Mrs. Hallam to leave our heroine under her protection. She did not neglect her charge : her husband and herself became parents to her, in the tenderest senge of the word, and gave her an expensive and a finished education.

• At four years and a half old, Miss Hallam performed for her ancle's benefit, at Covent Garden, the part of the “ Parish Girl, in Gay's “ What d'ye Call it.” She was so diminutive, that a gentleman whimsically said, “he could bear her very well, but he could not see her without a glass.”

At fifteen, our heroine made her regular debût at the same theatre, in the character of Juliet; and from that time till her retirement from the stage, (with the exception of one winter passed in Liverpool, when Mr. Mattochs was manager there,) she invpriably continued at Covent Garden, and has been deservedly, for a long series of years, a distinguished favourite of the town.

Her father, soon after his arrival in America, became manager of the theatres in New York, Charlestown, and Philadelphia, and realized a fortune of ten thousand pounds; but his family lost the whole in the American war.

Admiral Hallam is Mrs. Mattocks's uncle, and Colonel George Hallam ber cousin. She is also related to the family of Mr. Rich, the late patentee of Covent Garden theatre.

For several seasons Mrs. Mattocks was the Rosetta, Polly, &c. of the theatre, and sustained a respectable line of business in trageriy; but she has latterly devoted herself entirely to the Comic Muse, whose cause she supports with admirable spirit, and with a peculi. arity of humour, which, though it may sometimes exceed the pre. cise limitations of critical propriety, is richly comic- and, as far as we can carry our theatrical recollection, perfectly original.

8. The gentleman who played Dick is a Mr. King, who was well received, and shewed some promise. :21. The Portrait of Cervantes is taken from a French piece. The plot is very ingenious, and the incidents highly laugbable. It will be frequently acted next season; unless Mr. C. Kemble's farce announced at the Haymarket, from the same original, shall prove the better of the two, and make the subject stale by frequent repetiţion.

HAYMARKET. Opened on Wednesday June the 15th. with the Castle Spectre, Evelina, Mrs. St. Leger, her first appearance for 6 years. Angela. Mrs. Bellamy, from Belfast. Sylvester Daggerwood. Lying Valet. » 16. Hamlet. The Queen, Mrs. St. Leger. Ghost, Mr. Thompson. Fortune's Frolick.

17 Wheel of Fortune, Hunter of the Alps.

18 Heir at Law. Deborah Dowļas, Mrs. Emery (from Covent Garden.) Agreeable Surprize.

20 Stranger. Solomon, Mr Grove. Count Wintersen, Miss Logan, *(from Covent Garden.) Mrs Haller, Mrs. Bellamy. Mogul Tale,

21 Mountaineers. Sadi, Mr. Farley Lock and Key. 22 John Bull. Peregrine Mr. Putnam; Lady Caroline, Mrs. Bellamy.

23 Hamlet. The Queen, Mrs. Humphries (from Covent Gardeu) Catch him who Can. .

24 Five Miles Off. Ways and Means. Tom Thumb. 25 Hunter of the Alps. Katharine and Petruchio. Critick. Dangle, Mr. Farley.

27. Castle Spectre. Love Laughs at Locksmiths.

The alterations in the Company are numerous, and perhaps in do instance for the better. What the Managers lose however in respectability they gain in pocket: but is there not some danger, that a cheap company will be held cheap by the public? Parsimony is some times worse than extravagance.

THEATRICAL INTELLIGENCE. Mr. Jones comes into the management of Drury-lane next season ; and the theatrical establishment is expected to undergo numerous changes. Mr. Young is engaged at Covent-Garden. A new play from Mr. Colman is to be brought out immediately. It is of the mixed kind, like his Surrender of Calqis, &c, and expectation is natu, rally very high on the occasion.

Theatre-Royal, EDINBURGH.-Benefits continued,
14th Night, Canongate Charity, 1551,
15, Mr. Rock's (manager), 125l,
26, Miss Walton, 961.
17, Mr. Freeman, 1451.
18, The family of Mr. Hallion, a deceased tayern-keeper and

ci-derant actor, 1711. 125,
19, Mr. Mansell, 501.
20, Mr. Nichol, and Mr. Davis, egl.
21, Mr. and Mrs. Vining, (last night's performance), 1221.

So that in twenty nights, the receipts of the Edinburgh Theatre, amounted to 26671. 10$. making the average of each night's receipt one hundred and twenty-seven pounds. In truth in Edinburgh the amount of a performer's benefit is generally the criterion of his esti. mation. To this general rule there are exceptions ! strangers are not always fortunate nor is their success uniformly commensurate with their merits or deserts. Mansell for example, who had the - worst benefit, is by no means considered the worst of our perform

ers, on the contrary notwithstanding a voice somewhat monotonous, in which I apprehend proceeds from some defect in the ear; his merits

in Comedy, are highly esteemed, and I am informed his conduct in private life is respectable, decorous, and honourable. I find a mistake in the Cabinet (in my last), which peremptorily requires correction, the benefit of two girls is called in the Cabinet charities be. nefit. Though that benefit as well as that of Hallion, the Tavern keeper's children, was no doubt the tribute of charity to people de. ceased; yet notwithstanding the Widow Willoughby joined it, the benefit should have been entitled that of the two Charteris's, and Mrs. Willoughby.

PER CONTRA. The company opened in Glasgow, on the 6th of May. Previous to the benefits, the last house was only forty-nine pounds, the benefits are as follows:· Wednesday, May 19, Mrs. Young, 831. Friday,

20, - Mr. Freeman, 691.
Saturday, 21, Mr. M'Gregor, (Treasurer), 381.

SIonday, 23, Mr. Evatt, 501. 6s.
Wednesday, - 25,- Mr. and Mrs. Berry, 561. 175.
Thursday, 26, Mr. Shaw, and Mrs. Pensou, sil. 198.

57, - Mr. Rock's, (last night), 981. I have already said that in Edinburgh, the amount of a performer's benefit is the criterion of his estimation. The above list of benefits will prove what has been long known to theatrical observers, that Edinburgh and Glasgow possess different theatrical feelings, and do not always accord in the expression of them. I who am neither a wative of Edinburgh nor Glasgow, can hear with a certain sensation which shall be nameless, the pretender of each to exclusive fire taste, and their claim of the character of the most discerning audience in Europe.

On the last night of the season Mr. Rock, who for several years has acted in the capacity of both manager and performer, with great credit to himself, and satisfaction to the public, between the play and farce delivered a farewell address. The language of which was peat and appropriate.-during its delivery the audience exhibited the most unequivocal proofs of regret at parting with one who bad so largely contributed to their amusement as a performer, wbile they evinced with the loudest approbation, the sense they entertained of Mr. Rock’s liberal and judicious deportment as manager. lo a few days Mr. Beaumont enters here upon his state of “united management,” of which I shall not be an inattentive observer. I intend to“ tent him to the quick,” but in the mean time he has given us a

touch of his quality," “ here will I hold."

Theatre Royal, BATH.-Mr. Cooke, with the permission of the proprietors of Covent-Garden Theatre, has appeared in several of his favourite characters, and been warmly welcomed by the public. Sir Pertinax Macsycophant. Shylock, Sir Archy Macsarcasm, Richard, and Sir Giles Overreach, have afforded the inhabitants of this great city a rich repast. To comment on the excellencies of his performances in the above cbaracters, so well known and allowed, were but waste of wordssuffice it, he played them with the greatest effect. He has been tolerably well supported by the company, particularly in the comedy of A new Way to pay old Debts. Cunningham, Lovegrové, and Miss Marriott, as Wellborn, Marall, and Lady Allu orth, deserve honourable mention Miss Jameson, who possesses talent in characters of meekness andsimplicity, has lately had assigned to her Lady Anne, in Richard, and Roxalana, in the Sultan, tọ neither of which is she at all competent; passing over the former as inefficient, the latter was pourtrayed as a vulgar romp, endeavouring to step into the good graces of the Sultan, and to effect this, practised ali the auka ward dancing steps I ever saw. At one time I fancied she was playing Kitty, in High Life below Stairs, and attempting the mock iniquet. In one of the scenes with Osmyn, where Roxalana desires him to drink wine, Osmyn answers, “ What I, that am a true Mussluman;" to which Miss Jameson replied, “ If you were an Oyster-man you should take it !!” It never was intended by the author of the Sultan that Roraluna, should descend to such like puns, and Miss Jameson is ad. vised for the future to be selfish, and keep thein for her own private amusement. To Mr, Mallinson a word or two: rather decline accepting a character of no iroportance, than introduce buffoonery to make it prominent. Osmyn is certainly beneath the talents of this actor, Bath, June 20, 1908,



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