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PROLOGUE

TO TÄL NEW TRADITIONARY PLAY, ENTITLED

THE MYSTERIOUS BRIDE,"

As performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury-lane.

WRITTEN BY LUMLEY ST. GEORGE SKEFFINGTON, ESQ.

SROKEN BY MR, PUTNAM.

With anxious mind, with agitated breast,
By ev'ry terror forcibly impress’d,
Our Bard to-night, exalted in his views,
Resigns the comic for the serious muse;
Beneath her banner variously displays
Passion's mere spark extended to a blaze;
While moral ardour kindles into birth
The firm in honour, and the pure in worth!
Here Virtue hails, contending claims above,
The tear of Pity on the cheek of Love !

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Our Bard no longer treads on Fairy land,
Where Fancy, like a despot, holds command;
No longer now ende.vours to excite
I deal grief, and fabulous delight;
Still Jess attempts, with vigour, to transmit
Wit strong as genius, genius bright as wit;
While learning rears, with animated haste,
Reviving elegance, and rescued taste.
He simply offers, unadorn'd by art,
One touch of Nature on a gen'rous heart *.
Though pageantry, though magic, he forsake,
Though “ Sleeping Beauties” bere no longer wake,
Yet shall it still decidedly appear,
That Love, when noble, never slumbers here,

Hearts like your own with clemency can feel;
To hearts so gifted now we make appeal;
Each party then shall equal pleasure share,
He that solicits mercy, You that spare.

* This is an allusion to the character of Miesco. • Vol. IV.

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THE LONDON THEATRES.

DRURY-LANE

SEPTEMBER.

OCTOBER

27. Mysterious Bride (4th time). Three and the Deuce. Justice Touchit, Mr. Penley; Peregrine Single, Mr. Elliston ; Pertinax Single, Mr. Elliston ; Percival Single, Mr. Ellistou ; Humphrey Grizzle, Mr. Mathews; Frank, Mr. De Camp. Emily, Miss Boyce; Phoebe, Mrs. Mathews; Tafiline, Mrs. Bland.

29. Wonder. Isabella (1st time), Miss Boyce ; Flora (1st time) Miss Mellon. (Never Acted) THE FORTUNE TELLER. The Overture and Music by Mr. Reeve. The Characters by Messrs. Bannister, Wewitzer, Mathews, Gibbon, Smith, Powell, Penley; Mrs. Mountain, Mrs. Bland.

1. Rule a Wife. Leon, (1st time) Mr. Elliston.Weathercock.

4. Rivals. Captain Absolute, Faulkland, and Mrs. Malaprop, (1st time) by Mr. Elliston, Mr. Siddons, and Mrs. Sparks. Lydia Languish, Mrs. Orger, (from Edinburgh; her ist appearance on this stage)

.No Song No Şupper. 6. The World.Deserter. Henry, (1st time) Mr. I. Smith; Louisa, Mrs Corri (her 2d appearance on any stage).

8. Rule a Wife-Ella Rosenberg. 10. Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, Mr. Elliston; Mercutio, Mr. Bannister.Three and the Deuce.

11. All in the Wrong-Caractacus.
13. Rivals Caractacus.
15. Inconstant-Three and the Deuce.

17. Busy Body. (Not acted for 5 years.) Blue Beard. Abomelique, Mr. Raymond; Ibrahim, Mr. Mathews; Selim, Mr. I. Smith; Shacabac, Mr. Bannister, Hassau, Mr. Penley; Fatima, Mrs. Mountain; Irene, Miss Lyon; Beda, Mrs. Bland.

13. West-Indian-Blue Beard.

20. Beggar's Opera. Macheath, Mr. Johnstone; Lucy, (1st time) Mrs. Bland.Blue Beard.

22. The Stranger. Stranger, Steinfort, and Peter, (1st time) Messrs. Elliston, ħolland, and Mathews ; Mrs. Haller, Mrs. Mudie, (from Windsor; her first appearance on this stage); Countess, (1st time) Miss Boyce.-Ib.

94. A Bold Stroke for a Wife. Ib.

25. Constant Couple. Colonel Standard, Mr. Putnam; Angelica, Miss Ray-Ib.

26. Inconstant.--Ib. Sept. 27. The Mysterious Bride was roughly treated this evening, and Mr. Russell, who advanced to speak the Epilogue, could not prevail on the audience to listen to him; although the play was acted three or four times last season, on benefit nights, with vast applause : such is the caprice of public opinion! The Three and the Deuce, which followed it, is another instance of it. It has been twice damned; on its original representation at the Haymarket, and afterwards on its revival at Drury-Lane; and now it is received with reiterated shouts of applause. What may have effected this change we know not, unless it be the acting of Elliston, which is, in truth, exquisite.

39. The Fortune Teller. The following are the Dramatis Persone : Lordly,

Mr. Wewitzer.
Joe,

Mr. Bannister.
Blackthorn,

Mr. Maddocks.
Edward,

Mr. Gibbon.
Francis,

Mr. Powell.
Trigger,

Mr. Mathews.
Charles,

Mr. G. Smith.
Lady Worthland,

Mrs. Mountain.
Margery,

Mrs. Bland, SKETCH OF THE FABLE. Lady Worthland, becoming heiress of a large estate on the death of her uncle, and having heard, by her father's steward, James, of the ill couduct of Lordly, superintendant of the manor, towards the tenantry, resolves in disguise to pass some time on the estate before she publicly claims it. Under the character of a poor relative of Francis, she is placed in the family of Blackthorn, an honest farmer ; an attachment takes place between her and Edward Blackthorn, son of the farmer, a youth of polished manners. She endeavours to conquer her passion and reject his suit.

In consequence of which he enlists in the army. The Lady relenting, determines to visit ihe camp, which is formed near ber domains, under the feigned character of a Fortune Teller, in hopes to prove the sincerity of her lover.-In this she succeeds, and contrives to have a commission conveyed to him; this occasions his visiting his father's cottage.

Lordly, a wealthy, proud, and overbearing man, wishes to procure the lady's hand for his son Joe, an illiterate booby, who disregards his father's mandates, being more inclined to vulgar sports and the company of clowns--Lordly unwarrantably dismisses Blackthorn from his farm, pretending it is the order of Lady Worthland, who now appears in her real character - Edward, as his father's representative, Waits on the lady to express their submission to her will-an explanation takes place-Lordly is disappointed, and the Jady presents her band 'to Edward.

It is to be lamented that such charming music as Mr. Reeve has composed for this piece should have found so bad a vehicle: but we hope it will still delight the public ear through a more amusing and fortunate channel. The managers, who kept back the Opera for two or three seasons, no doubt predicted the poor Fortune Teller's fate. The piece was dismissed from the boards on the first performance.

Mrs. Orger has a pretty person, of which she is not uncon.scious; but her theatrical talents are below mediocrity. We are yet willing to believe that she may appear to better advantage in some other character. Captain Absolute has not had so good a re. presentative since Palmer.

6. Mr. I. Smith, who performed a few nights last season, again came forward as Henry, in the Deserter, and was most favourably received. Mrs. Corri's Louisa cannot so safely be commended.

92. Mrs. Mudie will repeat the character of Mrs. Haller. She may be in fuller possession of her powers on a second performance ; and, as we wish to judge as favourably of her as possible, our remarks shall, for the present, be suspended.

OCTOBER

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KING'S THEATRE (COVENT GARDEN COMPANY).
SEPTEMBER.

26. Douglas. Glenalvon, Mr. Barrymore.Rosina. Rosina, (1st time) Miss Bolton

28. Beggar's Opera-Portrait of Cervantes.

30. Grecian Daughter-Poor Soldier.
OCTOBER

3. Macbeth Portrait of Cervantes.
5. Hamlet-Quaker. Steady, Mr. Bellamy.

7. Stranger-NEVER ACTED; A New Romantic Melo-drama,
in two acts, called The Forest of Hermanstadt; or, Princess and No
Princess. The Overture and Music by Mr Jouve; the action of
the Melo-drama under the direction of Mr. Farley. The characters
by Messrs. Thompson, Brunton, Farley, Blanchard, Liston, Chap-
man, Jefferies, King, W. Murray; Mrs. H. Johnston, Mrs. Gibbs,
Mrs. Davenport. The dances by Master Oscar Byrne, (his ist
appearance these two years) and the Misses Adams.
10.

20.

Macbeth-Ib. 12. Hamlet lb. 13. Man of the World. Sir Pertinax Macsycophant, Mr. Cooke -Ib. 14. Stranger-Ib. 17. Macbeth-lb. 19. Merchant of Venice. Portia (1st time) Miss Norton.

Gamester-Who Wins ? 91. John Bull Portrait of Cervantes. 24. Richard IIl-Poor Soldier. 95. Mourning Bride-Flitch of Bacon. 26. Man of the World-We Fly by Night.

The managers of Covent Garden Iost no time in securing this theatre for their performances, and on the 26th of September it opened with ouglas and Rosina. The house was completely filled, with the exception of the private boxes, which can only he opened by consent of individual proprietors. Previous to the tragedy, Mr. Kemble came forward, and was of course received with a burst of applause from every part of the theatre. His address was to the following effect :

« LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, “I am so oppressed by my feelings and gratitude for the reception I have just received, that I must trust to you to give me credit for what I ought to say on this occasion. My presenting myself before you was to entreat your indulgence for any deficiency of scenery and decoraţions there may be in the performances we may bring forward for the amusement of the public; be assured that this indulgence shall be claimed as seldom as possible; and that every exertion will be made by the managers to produce entertainment worthy your patronage." He begged leave to assure the audience, that all the persons concerned in Covent-Garden theatre were now in active employ; and that no pains or expense would be spared by the proprietors to erect another theatre, worthy the patronage of a British public; which he hoped would be ready for their reception in September next.

26. Mr. Barrymore, in the absence of Mr. Cooke, lent his assistance in Glenalvon, and was warmly welcomed by the audience. We were in hopes that he had been engaged for the season.

Such an actor is much wanted in this company.

Oct. 7. The FOREST OF HERMANSTADT is taken by Mr. T. Dib

din from a French piece, the same which Mr. Skeffington had - consulted for the fable of his Mysterious Bride. (See a former

Cabinet.) In the leading incident there is some portion of no- velty, and the situation of the Princess in ihe ruin-d castle is sufficiently interesting, but the plot is more mengre than we find it in the generality of French pieces of this kind. Mr. Dibdın has, however, made the most of it, and very judiciously adapted the subject to our stage. The music is by Jouve, and the action of the Melo-drama arratiged by Mr. Farley. Boih are excellent. Oscar Byrue delighted the audience by bis elegance and activity. He is already one of our first daucers.

13. Cooke's appearance was greeted with the usual enthusiastic salutation. He seenis in excellent bealth, and never played better.

19. Miss Norton's Portia Was far from successful. It wanted importance, and her speech on mercy left no impression. Strange that Mr. Cooke is allowed no support in any of his p ays! Look, for instance, at tbe cast of Richard III.

THEATRICAL INTELLIGENGE. The new theatre in Covent Garden will be erected with all pos.. sible expedition, by Robert Smirke, junior, Esquire, architect, on the site of the late theatre, and that of the boases atjoining. To defray the expense in part, 50,0001. is to be raised by subscription in 500l. shares, urder the patronage of his Maje ty each subscriber to receive, clear of the property tax, and all other charges and outgoings whatsoever, an ännuity of 251. to commence from the opening, and to continue for 85 years being the remaining term of the Jease, and of all the premises,) with the addition of aı anrual transferable free admission to any part of the there before the curtain (private boxes excepted, for wlich the subs riders will be secured by the patent, and the new thrstre, with the story, machinery, and all other property there n coviained. The sulscription we u: derstand is already nearly full.

Mr. Baunister was anable to perform on the night:f the revival of Blue Beard, on account of the death of his ruiler.

Mr. Cooke has lately married Miss Lamh, of Edinburgh, a very respectable and accompi sliert lady.

Mr. Kelly retires froin the stage, but is engaged by the Drury Lane mavagers as composer, and regulator of th- che russes, &c.

Mr. Young appears ir Reynolds's new opera di the King's Theatre, which is partiy founded on Masai'ie Cotin's Exiies of Siberia. Mazzinghi fur:ishes the musie.

Mr. Kembie, it is stated. has berkar inte arated fi'is losses from the late tre, by several wpię p: sents ironman nito,

COUNTRY THEATRES Theatre Royal, BRIGHTOY..This theatre wili shiortly close for the season ; audse fet, tuiti studio le ?!

asing exertions of the managers, it will not be found to have been a proStable one. Smce the openi:g of the Olete the has been a constant succession of sovelty Baunist r. Elintar, Emery, Munden, Lucledon, Johastone, Dowton, and all the pricipal actors of both houses, have by turns been engaged. The Way to Peep Him was performed on the 15th of October, for the benefit of Mr. Field, one of our managers, with the following attractive cast :

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