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THE LONDON THEATRES..
27. Travellers. Koyan, Mr. BRAHAM (his ist appearance this season)-Three and the Deuce.
29. World.-Blue Beard.
31. Johu Bull Dan (for that night only), Mr. De Camp.--Blue Beard. NOVEMBER
1. Cabinet. Count Curvoso, Mr. Penley.--Three Weeks after Marriage.
2. She Stoops to Conquer. Young Marlow, Mr. De Camp. Blue Beard.
3. Country Girl.-Ib.
8. Haunted Tower. Edward, Mr. Russell ; Lady Elinor (1st time), Miss Lyon; Adela (1st time), Mrs. Mountain.-Mayor of Garrat.
9. No performance, on account of the preparations for the new play of The Siege of St. Quintin.
io. [NEVER ACTED. THE SIEGE OF ST. QUINTIN; or, Spanish Heroism. The Overture and Music composed and selected by Mr. Hook. Spaniards. Emanuel Pbilip (Duke of Savoy), Mr. Putnam; Count Egmont (second in command), Mr. Elliston; Theodore (his son), Master Wallack; Everard (the military Minstrel), Mr. Braham; Bertrand, Mr. De Camp; Alvarez, Mr. Ray. Adriana (wife of Egmont), Mrs. H Siddons.--English. Sir Leinster Kildare, Mr. Johnstone; Captain M'Intyre, Mr. Maddocks; Jack, Mr. Penley; Serjeant Sturdy, Mr. Cooke; Soldiers, Mr. Gibbon and Mr. Dignum.-French. De Courcy (governor of the castle), Mr. Raymond; Laroche, Mr. Smith; Rosa de Valmont, Miss Ray; Margaret, Miss Tidswell.-Spoild Child. Little Pickle (1st time), Miss Kelly
19. Ib.--Of Age To-Morrow. Sophia, and Maria (1'st time), Mrs. Mathews, and Mrs. Mountain.
21. John Bull. Sir Simon Rochdale, Mr. Penley; Dan, Mr. Mathews - Blue Beard.
29. Duenna-Mayor of Garrat.
The Siege of St. Quintin, of which the following is the plot, was written, hastily of course, to benefit, and be benefited by, the cause in which the Spanish nation is at present so gloriously engaged. We do not ihink that the object has been successfully attained, The Spaniards have, it is true, in this siege, the advantage over the French, but it is by a paltry stratagem, viz. by getting possession of the pass-word, and so finding their way into the VOL. IV.
castle; it is true, also, the English are their allies; but here rests all the application which can be made to the passing events in Spain. The incidents are those of a common romance, which eternal repetition has rendered perfectly stale , a warrior's wife confined in a besieged castle ; the governor in love with ber; her busband gaining access to her, in disguise; and, ou heing discovered, thrown into a dungeon ; a few contrivances to effect his escape ; followed hy the destruction of the tyrant, and the usual finale. This play is the production of Mr. Theodore Hook, and, considering that it was written on the spur of the moment, it does him no savail credit; but the materials are insufficient for a full drama, and being oppos: d by strong attraction at the rival house, it feli after a few nights struggle. It may still serve both the theatre and the author as an after-piece,
The plot of this piece is founded upon the battle of St. Quintin, in 1757, when the French, in attempting to raise the siege of that towni, suffered a signal defeat by the Spanish and English forces, coinmanded by the Duke of Savoy, Count Egmout, and the Eart of Pemhroke, and the surrender of St Quintin was the immediate corsequence. A little poetical license is taken with this great event, to adapt it to the present period. Count Egnout, ai.xivus for the safety of his wife and child, who were treacherously betrayed by Bertrand, a vassal of bis, into the hands of De Courcy, the commander of the fortress in the absence of the Governor, De Coligny, attempt. ed in the disguise of a soldier to gain admittance into St. Quintin. De Courcy, who was an unsuccessful lover of the lady, places her under the care of Bertrand, and Rosa de Valmont, a young orphan, who had taken refuge in the Castle during the war. Rosa accepts the offer, with a secret determination to counteract the designs of Bertrand, and to save the lady, for which purpose she assumes a repulsive exterior when under bis observation ; she makes her sentiments known to the Countess Adriana, and advises her to ask Bertrand for her 800, which he, desirous to obtain her confideuce by that kindness, complies with. The Governor euters, and informs her of the death of her busband, which he confirms by producing the Count in disguise, as having the last tokens of affection; by an unguarded expression, in the moment of joyful surprise, when the Count makes bimself known secretly to his wife aod son, the boy betrays him; he is immediately seized, and ordered to the deepest dungeon in the fortress; the Countess also is ordered to be confined by the Governor, to try the effect of severity upon her constancy, which ends the act.
Tu the commencement of the second act, the English detachment iz discovered, headed by Sir Leinster Kildare, who discloses his passion for Rosa de Valmont, wbom he had kuown, when pursuing his studies at St.Omer's; he dispatches bis servant to make irquiries about her. The sceue then changing to the dungeon of the Častle, the guards of De Courcy, with Bertrand, descend with Egmont, in an iron papier, which is kt down by chains; they then uzlock a giating on the stage, lowering him down to a decper c vero. The Count ess and son are conducted dowu a small staircase b Rosa; she conceals the boy behind a pillar, and reascends; when B rtrand and the guards coine through the grating, lie, locks it, Degving the key in. While he is tamperivg with the teelings of the Countess, an ungov: rnable love for her being ihe cause of his vil
lany, the boy unlocks the grating; alarmed by the noise, he takes. a ligit to examine the recesses of the dungeon. The Countess and son immediately open the grating, and relea:e the Count, wlio reties with his son behind the pillar, as Bertrand approaches. Bertrand, alarmed at their voiccs, goes for assistance to make a further search Rosa then euters, and states the Gover:sor's order for Egmont's death; she makes the Countess write to the Duke of Savoy, as if Bertrand was in er interest, which note the boy is to slip into Bertrand's pocket 'The Couit then again retires, and the Governor euters. Bertrand accuses Rosa of treachery, who retoris, tie charge, and induces the Governor', the boy having slipp:d the note into his pocket, to have him searched; it is found, and he is sent into confinement. De Courcy, to assure himself of Egmont's person, descends the grating with his guards, trusting to the proved fidelity of Rosa ; the grating is immediately secured by the party, the husband and boy ascend by the pannier, which is raised or lowered by the sound of the horn, and Rosa eonducts the Countess by the staircase; which concludes the secoud act..
The third act exhibits the interior of the fortress ; sentinels - guarding the bridge. The fugitives conceal themselves under an
a.ch way. As the guards pass the gate, to go the rounds, the boy, rencealıog linist if behind the centinel, obtains the pass-word, and Cwriveys it to his father. The party then come boldly forward, and g.se tie word. The centinel opening the gate, the Count with his boy gass; when an alarm being sounded, the sentinel locks the gate before the ladies cau pass. The Governor enters, having broken open te vrating of the dungeon. Enraged at the escape of Egmout, he orters the Countess and Rosa juto confidement. The scene is then transferred to the Spanish camp. Egmont makes his appearance, aid, having the pass-words, proposes to head a detachment in dis. guise, wbich is joined by Sir Leinster Kildare. Upon the scene Changing again to the interior of the castle, Bertrand and Rosa are ied out for execution. The Countess informs the Governor that Bertrand was innorent of the frand, and he is p:ordoned. Struck with remorse at the interposition of one he had so deeply injured, he attempts to stab the Guvernor, but, being deiected, is ordered out for torture. A signal being given at the gate, the sentinel at the bridge gives notice of a detachment arriving to succour the garrison. An attack being expected, the detachment, which is the disguised English, enter. They relieve the other guards, an . being ordered by the Governor to shoot Rosa, they turn their arms upon him; he is secured. The remainder of the detachment make their appearatice, the French are disarmed, and the town surrenders.
Mrs. NÉVVIE has repeated the charaeter of Mrs. Haller. This lady speaks sensibly, and has sufficieut knowledge of the stage; but her provincial tones and an extravagance of manner and action, left an impression on the audience far from fuvourable to her, Mrs Haller was injudiciously chosen for her debut.
KING'S THEATRE (COVENT-GARDEN COMPANY.)
1. Macbeth-Who Wins?
4. [For the Benefit of the families of those who unfortunately suffered by the late fire in Covent-Garden.] Mourning Bride Forest of Hermanstadt
7. Henry VIII.-Blind Boy.
10. [NEVER ACTED.] THE EXILE. The Overture and music by Mr. Mazzinghi. The whole arranged under the direction of Mr. Farley. Count Ulrick, the Exile, Mr. Pope; Governor of Siberia, Mr. Münden ; Baron Alltradoff, Mr. Liston; Count Cadmar, Mr. Incledon; The Patriarch, Mr. Cresswell; The Czaro-, witz, Master Goodwin ; Daran, Mr. Young, (his ist appearance on this stage ;) Welzien, Mr. Jefferies; Rimski, Mr. Murray; Yermack, Mr. Chapman; Servitz, Mr. Fawcett. The Émpress Elizabeth, Mrs. St. Leger; Sedona, Mrs. Gibbs; Alexina, Mrs. H. Johnston ; Catharine, Mrs. Dickons; Anna, Mrs. Liston ; Villager, Mrs. Emery. Tó Act II. the Coronation of Queen Eliza betb. The Dances (composed by Mr. Bologna, jun.) by the Misses Adams, &c. The Scenery by Messrs. Phillips, Whitmore, Hollogan, and Grieve.-Jew and the Doctor. Abednego, Mr. Blanchard.
The ExiLE. This interesting opera is the production of Mr. Reynolds, and is certainly one of the most pleasing dramas which the modern stage has exhibited for some time. The chief incident is taken, as we observed last month, from the French novel of Madame Cotin, called The Exile of Siberia, and a second interest has been judiciously blended with it, to give more variety aud fulness to the action. The character of Daran is very happily introduced, and presents several bold and striking situations. The language is of a higher order than has generally prevailed in Mr. Reynolds's serious dialogue, and the whole piece is put : together in a most masterly manner. The comic business is slight, but it is sufficient to relieve the weightier scenes, and, with the assistance of some good comic songs and duets, affords ample room for the exertions of the comedians. Fawcett's songs are exceedingly happy. They have · Mr. Colman's stamp upon them The procession to the coronation of the Empress Elizabeth is highly
imposing for its grandeur, striking for the order in which it is · arranged; and, for accuracy of costume, and taste in the decorations,
surpassiug every thing we have seen of the kind. The ceremony of the corona ion is equally admirable. The whole has been prepared by Mr. Farley, and is in the bigliest degree creditable to bis direction. Mr. Young made his first appearance, as a member of the
Covent-garden Company, in Daran, and performed with no less spirit than address. He was of course welcomed in the manner due to his great merits. Mrs. Dickons sung in capital style, and was enthusiastically applauded' and encored. The following is a slight sketch of the plot.
Count Ulrick, a Nobleman of distinction, after acquiring great reputation in the Russian army, is nevertheless banished to Siberia, through tbe base influence of Prince Lowenstern over the Empress Catharine. He is followed by Sedona, his wife, and his daughter Alexina Romanoff, the nephew of the Governor of Tobolskow, frequently visiting the wretched family at their retreat in the neighbourhood, a mutual attachment takes place between him and Aléxina ; but his uncle suspecting it, in order to prevent his future visits, and to compel him to marry ihe niece of Prince Lowenstern, banishes him beyond the frontiers, and endeavours to force Alexina into a marriage with Welzein.
Romanoff assumes the name of Daran, goes to St. Petersburgh, and, in the disguise of an Indian, gets into the service of Baron Alltradorff, a nephew of Prince Lowensteru, a pert vain coxcomb, and in that capacity accompanies him to Tobolskow, to which place the Baron is going to claim the hand of Catharine, the Governor's niece, whose affections he in vain attempts to win by his skill in music and dancing, her heart being already devoted to Count Calmar, by whom she is beloved with equal ardour.
Romanoff, aware of the ruin preparing for Count Ulrick, to conceal his benevolent designs assumes a ferocious aspect, and expresses a deadly hate to the Exile and his family, by which means he completely blinds the Governor as to his intentions, and, jointly with Welzien, (the enraged and rejected suitor of Alexina,) is entrusted with the execution of the Empress's orders ; in pursuance of which, Ulrick is dragged from his retreat, and imprisoned in Tobolskow, and they are sent in pursuit of Alesina, who has set out, accompanied by Yermack, a faithful domestic, on the desperate undertaking of travelling to St. Petersburgh, to solicit her 'father's' pardon.
In this undertaking he completely frustrates the vindictive desigus of Welzein, and Alexina reaches the neighbourhood of Moscow in safety. The rejoicings of the inhabitants of that city avbounce the grateful tidings of the accession of Elizabeth to the throne of Russia, and of her approaching coronation. Alexina hastens thither, rushes into the presence of her new Sovereign, and, notwithstanding the influence of the Patriarch (a near relation of Prince Lowenstern), she procures, through the meaus of the disguised Romanoff, the pardon she solicited, and immediately departs for Siberia, without waiting for the deed of pardon to be completed ; by which means she is again subjected to all the bitterness of sorrow; and, in order to save herself and family from immediate destruction, is compelled to marry the supposed Daran.
The Goveruor at length receives the royal mandate from bis Court for the liberation of Count Ulrick, and by it he becomes acquainted with the villany and disgrace of Prince Lowensteru, which reconciles him to the union of his daughter with Count Calmar, to whose protection she had Aed, after escaping from her uncle's house, by the ingenuity of Servitz. Romanoff, uot Paran,