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APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC.
WRITTEN BY MR. CROSS,
At the Request of the Performers, spoken by Mr. Rose, at the Royalty
Theatre, and with great Applause.
hearts will plead.
Of livelihood the actor's greatest source-
MEMORANDA DRAMATICA, &c.
DRURY-LANE. This theatre was opened for the season on Satnrday the 14th September, when Mrs. JORDAN performed the Country Girl, the chef d'æuvre of this incomparable actress.
We present our readers with lists of the principal pesformers of both theatres, from which they may form their own judgment of the comparative strength of the two companies. TRAGEDY AND COMEDY.
Miss De Camp
Mrs. H. Siddops,
Mrs. Sharp Since the last season this theatre has lost the talents of Mr. Pope, an actor of very superior ability, and of Mrs. Harlowe. Mr. Suett has quitted the stage of life ; and Mr. and Mrs. H. Johnston have returned to their former quarters at Covent Garden. Mr. and Master Byrne have also weakened the corps de ballet by their seces-, sion. The additions the company has yet received are Braham and Storace; Mr. and Mrs. H. Siddons ; Mr. and Mrs. Dormer, and Mademoiselle Parisot. Mr. Stephen Kemble has likewise been engaged to play Falstaff three nights. In the room of Suett there is no necessity to engage any new perforiner ; his characters will be distributed to, and most ably filled by, Dowton, Collins, and Mathews.
Mr. and Mrs. Dormer appeared on the 18th in Gibby and Flora in the Wonder. They lately belonged to the Richmond company, and have been mentioned as respectable performers in some of our accounts of that theatre. --They were well received, and went through their characters very creditably.
20th Sept.---Mr. Stephen Kemble's Falstaff attracted a full house. We have already delivered our sentiments respecting his performance of the Knight, and we have no reason to alter our opinion. Mr. H. Siddons made his entrée in the “ Madcap Prince of Wales,” a character, with the exception of the scene in which he announces his reformation, not well adapted to the talents of this gentleman, who is a greater favourite with the mournful than the comic muse.
23.---Mrs. H. SIDDONS made her appearance in Juliet, and was most loudly and deservedly applauded. Mr. Dormer, in the Friar, seemed to speak with good sense ; but from a defect in his articulation, he could not well be heard. We think Romeo the least successful of all Mr. Elliston's tragic efforts. In the farce of Matrimony, however, which succeeded, he made ample amends for his deficiency in the play. We have never witnessed a pleasanter piece of acting; JORDAN in the same piece is scarcely superior to hiin.
Mr. Kemble, / acting manager.) Mr. Hargrave.
Master Oscar Byrne.
Mr. L. Bologna.
Mrs. S. Leger.
--Mr. Bennett, from Bath ; Miss Smith, from the same theatre ; Mr. Liston, and Miss Tyrer, from the Haymarket ; Mr. H. Lewis, the son of our favourite comedian, from Liverpool ; the Byrnes from Old or rather New Drury; and Miss Lupino, a pupil of Didelot's, from St. Petersburg.
What is to be done with all this effective force, “ we shall see anon. Hitherto we have nothing to notice, except the appearance of Mr. Bennett, who performed Don Diego on the night of opening; he has a good manly voice, pleasantly toned and well modulated. He gave the songs of Diego with considerable taste and effect; and what among vocal performers is not common, he speaks and acts as respectably as he sings. He is in every respect greatly superior to Darley, whose piace he is to occupy. We had nearly forgotten the most important piece of intelligence---Miss Mudie, the seven years old wonder, of whom we published a long account in our last number, is engaged to play at this theatre three nights ; or, perhaps, three and thirty, just as the town in its caprice may happen to run after her !!
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exhibiting the supposed whimsical bustle and confusion which would take place in a country town in case of actual invasion ; and the British valour which would repel, and finally triumph over the daring trespassers on our native shores. An excellent prologue, in the character of a volunteer, was admirably delivered by Mr. Elliston ; but in the courageous hero of the piece, a sort of English Rolla, he was so imperfect as very much to injure the effect of the character. Two lines on a bad senatorial orator which we have somewhere read, and which the oddie ty of the rhyme, more than any thing else, makes us remember, are too applicable to Mr. Elliston on this occasion.
“ And then what a sight, in a speech of eclat,
“ To see a great genius peeping into his hat.” Mathews in Twit, the loquacious barber, a happy comic sketch, convulsed the house with laughter. The piece went off with great applause. It is evidently the hasty production of a writer capable of better things.
This theatre closed on Saturday the 14th, when Mr. Mathews returned the usual thanks of the proprietors and performers.
On the Monday following the house was again opened for the benefit of Mr. Waldron, the prompter, who, improving on the rage for child-acting, gave us the tragedy of Douglas, in which all the characters were performed by little boys and girls from a boarding school. We were not present, but we have understood that the Norval and Glenaluon shone among the “ little eyasses
" with uncommon splendour.
Now that we are speaking of this “aery of children.” we will take the liberty of introducing a jeu d'esprit which has just appeared in one of the morning prints. It is rather a pleasant satire on the present Roscio-Mania.
“ A provincial paper says-We are confidently informed, on good authority, that the little phænomenon, aged seven years, and her six younger sisters, have entered into articles with the manager of Drury Lane theatre, for the ensuing season. The dry nurse of the youngest, we hear, is also engaged at a liberal såJary. Miss is to make her first appearance in Isabella.”
Every nursery is now converted into a green-room, and instead of See sate, Margery Daw, or Lullaby, lullaby, on the tree top, nothing now is heard but To be, or not to be 2 or, Angels and ministers of grace defend tes! or, My name is Norval, &c.
A young lady of rising talents, and the most astonishing acquirements, (jast entering her sixth year) was lately grossly insulted by the ignorant manager of a country theatre desiring her to take the part of one of the babes in The Children in the Wood; "No," cried the young phænomenon, with great spirit,“ #o'nt-me shall be à queen, me shall.” The poor manager, finding he had mistaken his cue, thought it prudent to put her name in the hand-bills, in the part of Rorana, in Alexander the Great, which character she represented the night following with the greatest éclat.
A young gentleman, (who was-just put into words of cight syllables) lately made his entrée on the boards of the Belfast theatre (that prolific nursery of theaErical genius) in the arduous character of Richard the Third: no doubt was entertained of his success, as he was thoroughly read in the part, and had every necessary requisite ; very unluckily, however, he had not been apprised of the mode in which an audience testify their approbation; and on being saluted with a yio