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ford Coffee-house must certainly have fallen, and then the whole row of houses on that side of the Piazzas would have been in danger. . .
* The bouses which were burnt in Bow-street were those of Mr. Johnson, Mr. Dunn, Mr. Hill, Mr. Sloper, Mr. Hughes (the Treasurer), and Mr. M‘Kinlay (book-binder). There was a watchman inside of the theatre, who had a fire and a chair, but no bed; it was his business to go ronnd the principal parts of the theatre every hour, but it was supposed that he had fallen asleep, as it was not until after some considerable kuocking at the doors that he answered. There was not at any time inore gunpowder kept in the theatre than was necessary for the vight; and he did not suppose it at all probable that there was any more than two pounds of powder in the theatre at the time of the accident, and that was placed in a very opposite part of the theatre to that in which the accident took place.
After the conclusion of the evidence, the Coroner observed, that in his opinion this melancholy event was purely accidental. The Jury would then consult, and pronounce their opinion on the case as it then stood, unless they should think that any further evidence was necessary. In that case, he should certainly comply with their wishes. There was one good result from this public and minute inquiry, wbich was, that it would be seen that there was not the slightest blame attributable to those who had the management of the theatre; and it would also be another benefit to be derived from this public explanation of all the circumstances connected with this unfortunate and most truly distressing accident, the relatives of the deceased would find some consolation in the midst of all their affliction for the loss of a relațion or friend, when they found that it was proved on oath that these persons with whom they were nearly connected, though they had met with a premature or untimely fate, had been called into the presence of their Maker in the performance of a most benevolent act, and had left an honourable namę behind them.
The Jury immediately agreed, That the deceased had come by their. deaths by the accidental falling in of the Apollo Room.
THEATRICAL CONFLAGRATIONS. DRURY-LANE was built 1662 ; destroyed by fire 1672 ; rebuilt 1674; pulled down 1791; rebuilt 1794.
COVENT-GARDEN THEATRE was built 1733 ; enlarged 1792 ; destroyed by fire 1808.
OPERA-House, Haymarket, opened 1704; burnt down 1789; the foundation of a new one laid 1790.
PANTHEON, Oxford-street, opened 1772 ; converted to an OperaHouse 1784: burnt down 1792.
ASTLEY'S AMPHITHEATRE, burnt down on the Duke of York's birth-night, 1794 ; rebuilt ; and burnt down a second time, in 1803.
ROYAĻ Circus, destroyed by fire on the Prince of Wales's birth-day, 1805.
A musical entertainment called the Fortune Teller, is immediately to be produced at Drury Lane. The music by Mr. Reeve. Bannister has the principal character.
A romantic melo-drame was in readiness at Covent Garden, and, but for the dreadful calamity of the fire, would by this time have been acted. It was the production of Mr. T. Dibdin, from the same original which furnislied Mr Skeffington's Mysterious Bride. - The music is by M. Jouve. The scenes were painted, and the decorations nearly complete.
Barrymore returns this season to the London boards; but whether those of Drury Lane or the Opera House, we have not heard. He played Glenalvon at the opening of the latter theatre.
It was in contemplation of the Covent Garden managers to raise the prices of admission to the King's Theatre, the boxes to 7s. and the pit to 4s. but the intention has wisely been dropped The admission money is quite high enough; and the elarging it might Lave produced a riot, and not improbably the destruction of another theatre. The attempt would, no doubt, have been seriously resisted by the public.
Talbot (of Dublin) has purchased from Mr. Bellamy the Belfast, Newry, and Londonderry theatres.
Homap continues to manage in Dublin. H. Johnston, we beJieve, resigns bis posi, and meditates a visit to his native city, the metropolis of Scotland.
*The managers of Covent Garden were in treaty with Miss Marriott, who performed 'Elvira at the Hay-Markct for Mr. Young's benefit; but the lady declined the proposal, preferring “to reign at Bath, than SERVE in Covent Garden.” She is much improved as an actress, since her retirement from the latter theatre.
Mrs. Mudie, from the Windsor company, is said to be engaged at Drury Lane.
Captain Caulfield, who played Hamlet, Ranger, &c. at Covent Garden, a few winters ago, and afterwards' acted the vile part of a sedacer, and was thrown into the Bench for the crim. con. damages, died a few days ago within the rules, of a decine. It was at first stated that he had been shot in a duel with a Mr. P
· Theatre Royal DUBLIN..The frequenters of the Irish Theatre have never been gratified with a more pleasing union of histrionic talent than during the present season. In comedy and opera particularly the company has been exceedingly attractive; the dry humour of Dowton, and the eccentric whimsicalities of Jack Johnstone, have afforded considerable amusement. At the head of the operatical department must be piaced Mrs. Dickons, who has exerted herself so unceasingly, and displayed such melodious power of voice and cultivated science, as have rendered her more popular with the Hibernians than perhaps any preceding English singer ;
and this sentiment was fully exemplified at her benefit; which, though it came between the nights of Incledon and Johnstone, was extremely crowded and brilliant. In The Soldier tir'd Mrs. Dickons received the flattering applause of the celebrated musical composer. Sir John Stevenson, who warmly comp'imented her on the neatness aud facility of ber execution. Incledou's manly voice and unaffect. ed style have acquired him an increase both of reputation and profit; and the chaste manner and impressive tones of Bellamy have excited univeral approbation.
Theatre Royal, MANCHESTER.- The following Address was spoken by Mr. Jones at his Benefit:
One moment more I trespass, to impart
Encouraged by your smiles, and by your presence blest,Theatre Royal, WEYMOUTH.—The theatrical campaign this season has not I fear beeu so productive as the known liberality of the manager (Mr. Hughes) deserves, though he has added to the strength of his corps, by retaining several veterans of established fame; the merits of an Evans and a Bengough have been long stamped current by the discriminating taste of a Bath and Bristol audience; their performances here will add fresh laurels to those already gained.
In the line of comedy, a Mr. Sandford fills many characters with great judgment and spirit, notwithstanding the disadvantage of an
* This was the part which first brought Mr. Jones into notice.
uppleasing voice, which he evidently increases by speaking in too loud a key, a fault most of our London actors and actresses commit; the voice should certainly rise or fall in strength according to the size of the theatre, and the distance of the auditors. Mr. Howard is respectable in the Lover line, but we would recommend to him a greater attention to his pronunciation. A Mrs. Beverley has appeared in Lady Randolph, Juliana, Mrs. Glenroy, &c. her person is good, and she appears very correct in her parts ; but lier face is by no means expressive; this lady we understand is almost a novice to the stage, it would be therefore unfair to make any particular comments; we would advise her by no means to step out of the line she has chosen, and on no account attempt a vocal part; she wants that ease and action which a longer acquaintance with the stage alone can give. The modest unassuming merits of the gentle Mrs.Cummins deserve the applause she always meets; ever correct and elegant in her deportment, we were particularly pleased with her Selina, in the Tale of Mystery. The advice of Shakspeare for the “ Clowns to say no more than is set down for them," seems to be entirely forgotten by the performers in the comic line on the Weymouth stage ; our ears are constantly wounded by attempts at witticisms which could only be tolerated hy a puppet-show audience; those ad libitams of the actors, if I may so term it, are now crept into most of our theatres, to the disgrace of many of our firstrate comedians; of the operatic corps we cannot say much. Mrs. Hughes is a very pleasing actress, and her voice agreeable, but by no means powerful. A Mrs. Dickenson also sings in the Incledon stile. Mr. Bennet is a good actor, though by no means adequate to many characters he attempts, his person being unfit for Frederick, in Of Age To-Morrow, &c. Mrs. Quantrell, Miss Quantrell, Mr. Curzon, Mr. and Mrs.Wylde, Mr. Hughes, &c. fill up the Dramatis Persone in a very respectable manner, and reflect high credit on the manager and themselves.
Theatre, WORTHING. This theatre has been very prosperous during the summer. Mrs. Litchfield, Blanchard, and Incledon, have been successively engaged for a few nights. The manager also brought out the Forty Thieves in a very splendid mauner, which proved extremely attractive. The Marquis Wellesley was here when the news of his brother's victory arrived. He immediately set off for London. Rule Britannia, and God Save the King, were called for hy the audience, and in the latter a pew verse was introduced, in allusion to the event. .
When France, with haughty brow,
And her fame sing;
God save the King The MarchionessWellesley was present, and could not but feel gratified at the enthusiasm of the audience on this occasion. The next night, Mrs. Litchfield's Benefit, that lady delivered the following Address at the close of the play to a house crowded with nobility and people of high fashion.
Another triumph swells our eountry's fame,..
WELLESLEY! who late on India's son-burnt shore
" Behold the sea," the Gallic leader cried,
« Advance, and soon the overwhelming tide
Tremble, thou tyrant! on thy guilt-stain'd throne !
Oh! glorious view !-to Britons doubly dear,
The envy, pride, and wonder of the world. The news of Sir Hew Dalrymple's convention had not then arrived, so that the recital of this appropriate address was attended with prodigious applause.
MADAME CATALANI. A Dublin paper, of the 21st instant, says:-“We have heard, and we fear there is too much certainty in the report, that the musical world will shortly suffer a deprivation of the severest kind in the cessation of Madame Catalani from public life. Her delicate state of health is stated to be the cause, and the necessity for this sacrifice to her fame, her wealth, and to the gratification of an admiring world, is stated to be earnestly urged by the first medical authority in this city. It is hoped, for the sake of so valuable a character, that ber retirement may be but temporary, and that, with established health and renewed powers (if such powers are capable of improvement), she may again gratify the world with her divine acquirements. It is grateful for us to remark, that it is stated the gentleman most tenderly interested in her happiness and welfare is the most anxious for her temporary retirement, nor can all the allurements of the immense wealth her unparalleled talents produce, influence him for a moment to trifle with that invaluable health on which all his happiness depends."
* Junot's address to his troops.