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The English Opera House, on the other in Free and Easy, that piece in which hand, is the tall bower of the summer the wise enthusiasm of a whole family muses, light, cool, and airy, with a for Thomson's Seasons, sends a sumwide and glittering walk, and Powering mer feeling into the soul-her wild, shrubs, and pleasant noise of waters. fervid, deep-hearted Yarico-her EdThe saloon is, this year, fitted up more mund, in which her exquisite sensibitastefully than ever; for it does not pre- lity more than supplies the expression tend to the impossibility of a serpentine of eye which the character denies--and path amidst a wood, nor contine us to her Rose, in Silent, not Dumb, where she the formality of a strait promenade; compensates for the want of her crisp and yet gives all the pleasure of the voice with all-eloquent action.
“ From illuminated greenery. The corners of grave to gay, from lively to severe"this noble room are cut off by an ele- from noble sullenness to sparkling vivacigant wainscotting, so as to form it into ty-from the full-heartedness of swelling a heptagon; and the triangular spaces emotion to the pleasantest indifference are filled with evergreens, gracefully-she is almost every evening passing, spiring towards the roof, while the with no connecting link except that centre is occupied by a light temple, they are all parts of healthful humanity, in the midst of which a fountain plays and, therefore, cannot be foreign to her among the pure lustre of waving gas. genius. The sides are covered, as last year, with The Theatre opened with an operetta bold and free sketches of Egyptian called The Promissory Note, which is scenery; and the effect of the whole is very pleasant notwithstanding its title. very cool and enchanting. The com- It was duly honoured at sight; and, pany of actors engaged this season, is, therefore, does not require our indorseon the whole, gracefully vivacious and ment to give it currency. It is taken tuneful. Among the men are, Pearman, from the French; but the translator a sweet and tasteful singer-Broadhurst, has put a good deal of English heart into who gives the truest expression to the it, which we like to see giving a momenScottish tunes, which are the most ex tum to the gossamer. Its plot is lively pressive in the world-Wrench, un- and simple. A young gentleman purequalled in delightful ease-1.P. Cooke, sued by bailiffs on account of a promissory the best of cut-throats ”-Harley, the note which he has given to accommodate liveliest, drollest, and most conscious of a friend, runs for refuge into the garden of comedians-Wilkinson, with quaint a villa at Hampstead, which is occupied and irresistible gravity-Chatterly, de- by a lady who is daily expecting her lectable alike as a faithful servant or a husband after a long absence. While superannuated beau—and though last, he is entreating her to conceal him, his not least, Bartley, the honest-looking persecutors enter, he flies into an arand plain-spoken, with a fund of good bour, and as they are about to enter it, feeling and good-humour which make appears attired in the dressing-gown him an agreeable actor, and, we should and slippers which he has found there, surmise, a very pleasant manager. coolly requires of his “ dear wife” the Among the ladies, are Miss Carew, reason of the disturbance, and sends off whose silvery voice is heard to better the bailiffs, with great candour, in search advantage here than in Drury Lane of him. He is now discovered to be no theatre-Miss Love, with her soft fea- other than the destined lover of the. tures and softer demeanour-Miss Ste- lady's ward; and, that he may engage venson, that clever, lively, bright-eyed her affections unknown, it is agreed romp-Mrs. Chatterly, who understands that he shall pass for the expected husso well to keep the proper pride of her band. After a charming breakfast, unsex-and Miss Kelly, the truest and der the trees, enlivened by music, the most English of actresses, who is here husband himself arrives, and is in no always at home, and enjoys the high small degree astonished to find his supremacy to which she is entitled. place filled by a stranger. His distress, How choice an epitome of human life however, is soon relieved by a rough is her acting-a tissue of tears and smiles, remedy-an arrest as his runaway sublike a sweet April-day—all hearty and stitute—which, of course, discloses the genuine in mirth or in sorrow! She has trick, and makes all parties happy. The this season been playing some of the piece is very pleasantly acted by Wrench most opposite in the wide range of her as the husband, Mrs. Chatterly as the characters, and all in her happiest style. matron, Miss Kelly as the notable serThere has been her sprightly Gertrude, vant who orders her master from his
What doth woman most desire ?
own house, Pearman, as the lover, and Richer, poorer, humbler, higher,
Be it good, or be it ill, perings, and his disguises.
What is always woman's will ? The burlesque of Don Giovunni, or a The lover sets out to ask every woman Spectre on horseback, once popular at the whom he meets, and the lady follows him Surrey Theatre, has been produced here without any regard to the Duke of Miby Mr. Dibdin's permission, and goes lan, who has come to receive her hand, off
very lightly and agreeably to the ge- and, in several disguises, gives him difneral gratification of the spectators. We ferent answers. While this is going are, however, beginning to be tired of on, the duke warmly resents the abthe Spanish Libertine in his various sence of the princess, and makes war on shapes, from the heartless swaggerer of Mantua, a measure which, considering the King's Theatre, to the Pantomimi- that he loves another lady of the court, is eal hero of Sadler's Wells. We find not very just or wise, but which gives the him in all things and every where, in proscribed hero an opportunity of exopera, pantomime, and parody; in Se- erting his valour in the cause of his opville, in London, in the Shades; “uppressor. The princess again meets him stairs and down stairs, and in my lady's disguised as a witch, gives him a scroll chamber,” as the old song has it. It is containing the answer, which is, that not uninteresting to observe, how the Woman's Will is to have her will, and tale of Don John has been applied, till claims a promise, that, on his success, he scarce any thing but the name remains. will grant whatever she shall ask. He The stony horror of the original is consents--solves the enigma — and is almost lost in the gaiety of Mozart's appalled with the demand of his hand in opera, where the terrific fate of the hero marriage, by his preserver. He is forced is subservient to the life and spirit of to yield—and after the ceremony the his vagaries, and the music which ac- hag throws off her cloak, and discovers companies his exploits of cold knavery. the brilliant Clementine! The piece, The popularity of this piece has occa- though of no very deep interest, is well sioned numerous burlesques, parodies, diversified, and judiciously interspersed and continuations, in which there is with excellent music. One trio, sung by scarcely a shadow of the Spanish story, Mr. Pearman, Miss Carew, and Miss and which have nearly worn out all in- Kelly, beginning “ Bright Star of Love,” terest attached to its name. There are is delightfully harmonized, and will besome good practical jests in Mr. Dib- come a lasting favourite. Miss Kelly din's piece, but its popularity arises displays her charming versatility of tachiefly from its songs, adapted to well. lent in her various disguises.
Her best, remembered airs, which always stir the we think, is the first, when she appears blood like the voice of the cuckoo in as a servant of all work, in which her early spring. It is well performed at tired, lazy, and querulous air is both the English Opera-by Pearman and natural and new. Harley, as a humourBroadhurst, who sing in excellent ous glutton, is as amusing as usual, but, taste; Miss Stevenson, who is a charm- at last, his “ eating cares” become aling Donna Anna ; Harley, in Leporello, most too numerous. Enough is as good who “is the very thing itself;" and as a feast; and the audience, on the first Mr. T.P. Cooke, who dies with a deco- night, once or twice seemed nearly surcorum worthy of Cæsar. Mozart's won- feited. All the vocalists have good opderful overture is performed by the or- portunities, and make good use of them. chestra with great spirit, and is alone The scenery and dresses are the most worth going to hear.
superb we have ever seen in a summer The new opera, in three acts, under theatre. Mrs. Chatterly's beautiful the puzzling title of Woman's Will--a dress befits a duchess of Mantua, who, Riddle, has met with well-merited suc- of all duchesses, has a right to splendidatcess. It is, in some degree, taken from tire. The sprightly Epilogue was charmthe Wife of Bath's tale of Chaucer; ingly spoken by Miss Kelly, and might and exhibits the adventures of a young have decided a more dubious fortune. soldier, who, on aspiring to the hand of the Duchess of Mantua's daughter,
HAYMARKET THEATRE. is condemned to die if he gives a wrong The Haymarket Theatre has opened solution at a given period to an enigina, with even a richer company than usual. but entitled to claim the hand of his Among them is Terry, with his sturdy mistress if he succeeds. This terrible and commanding satire - Jones, the enigma is as follows:
prince of flutterers.-Liston, the indescri
dable Liston-- the bustling and lively make-believe in the world. It was not, J. Russel 4-Williams, à clever and na. of course, they
part, which would have tural representative of testy old gentle been intolerable, but a free sketch of iti men and Charles Kemble, the very in water-colouring. She sung the most image of all that is high-souled, gallant, beautiful of the airs in the purest and and spirited in manhood and in chival- chastest style; especially. When the ry. Among the female performers are heart of a man is oppress’d with care, Mrs. Gibbs, who is as full of good-hu- and “ How happy could I be with mour and good spirits as ever-Mrs. either," though she rather sunk under Baker, 'a lively romp-Miss Leigh, a the burthen of “ The charge is pres! very gentle and pleasing actress in sen pared," and some other of the more timental parts--and Mrs. Charles Kem- robust songs towards the conclusion: ble, whom it is quite delightful to see Miss R. Corri's face and form are very again in a sphere where her fine vivacity interesting, and her voice extremely like will have the scope which it deserves. her sister's, though as yet inferior to To these have been added the great it in clearness and in power. Her vocal attractions of Madame Vestris and taste has evidently been forined in the Miss Rosa Corri—both excellent songs- Italian school, and therefore, perhaps, tresses, with very different voices, which the Beggar's Opera was the most unyet often blend in complete harmony. favourable piece which could have been
The new farce of Oil and Vinegar, chosen for her introduction to the Engwith which the theatre opened, did not lish stage. She, however, displayed a meet with great success, as, though it fine soprano voice and considerable contained many ingenious puns and science, especially in “ Cease your allusions, its plot was not sufficiently funning,” which was greeted with a interesting or well compacted. The rapturous cncore. Mrs. C. Kemble's performance of a comedy entitled Wine Lucy was an admirable piece of sullendoes Wonders, abridged from the Incon- nessa
-Mr. Terry's Peachum hard, instant of Farquhar, met with even a more flexible, and caustic and Mr. J. Rusi unfavourable reception. The original sell's Filch, in the highest style of piece was." curtailed of fair proportion," Newgate accomplishment and cool The explanatory scenes cut away, and dexterity. thus the incidents, many of which stand on the verge of the revolting, were left The manager of this delightful place without support or softening. We regret of amusement has proceeded during the this the more, because the play afforded last month, with his usual taste, vigour, room for as excellent acting by Mr. and and success. A new oriental piece, Mrs. Charles Kemble as we have seen in called, “ Give a Mun Luck and throw comedy. We never witnessed a better him into the Sea,” has been the most respecimen of light and gentlemanly hu- markable of his novelties. It is founded mour, than the earlier part of Mr. Kem- on one of the richest of Arabian fictions ble's performance, or a more vivid picture and though these can never be coins of unconcern affected to cover agonizing pletely transferred to the stage in all their suspense, than his acting in the scene gorgeous variety of miracle, it is yet with the bravos, or a more complete pleasing to be thus enabled to catch a representation of the relief given sud- glimpse of the “ outer skirts" of their denly to an overcharged heart, than in glory. The story of this piece is that of his hysteric laughter when the soldiers the merchant cast by the waves, into appear and deliver him from his peril. which his sailors have thrown him, on Mrs. C. Kemble, as Bizarre, went a strange land, where by an old law he through all the changes of whim, ty- is entitled to the hand of the first unranny, submission, and gay defiance, married lady whom he meets, and is with the most charming fidelity and forced to receive it, on pain of death. spirit. We hope she will often enliven Its incidents are in the most luxurious this theatre during the season.
style of romance--wonder within wanOn Saturday the 22d July, The Beg- der-strange fortune as strangely overgar's Opera was performed to one of the cast, and the fulness of bliss springing most crowded houses we have ever seen, out of the depths of despair. The mysteriwith Madame Vestris as Macheath, ous introduction of the palanquin which Miss Rosa Corri as Polly, and Mrs. C. the astonished stranger is compelled to Kemble as Lucy. The performance of mount,his introduction to a splendid the first of these ladies as the gallant palace, where he is greeted by a beautiful gentleman of the road, was the prettiest lady as the master of her affections and
her fortune - the sudden dissolution of into a fiend in an instavt by the mere thoradiant enchantment by the news that sight of the casket, and without the her husband is living his condemnation least compunction, wiges her husband to die in the midst of revelry and feast- to the murder of his sleeping guest; ing--the luxurious banquet of death as if the greatest of human crimes were which is spread for him and the final “ familiar in her mouth as household catastrophe in which, after he believes words.".. There is neither nature, nors that he has drank the poison, he is poetry, normorality in this. i Thete awakened to life, and love, and bound-, have been, doubtless, strange instauces less wealth and sovereignty-form a sucs of persons apparently virtuous suddenly cession of as marvellous surprises, as any moved to awful trangressions--but unwhich have half restored us to child- less we could trace all the wild movehood within the golden circle of the ments of the heart, and define the nice theatre. The scenery, dresses, and boundary between insanity and guilt, the acting, are worthy of the piece. Mr. exhibition of the external result on the Watkins, who performs the hero, is stage, tends to confound all moral pera very ingenious actor, who in comic ceptions, to make direness familiar to parts displays considerable whim, and the thoughts, and to take its distinct in serious characters a graceful energy
horror from extremest guilt. The acts Miss Norton, an actress once in high ing of Miss Taylor and Mr. Huntley, esteem iat:Covent-garden theatre, has who represent the guilty pair, is so good repeatedly appeared at this house as that it would be quite intolerable if the Matilda, in a tragic melo-drame entitled effect were not counteraeted by the The Prophecy. She'has much tragic dreary trash which they are forced to power, and a style of acting at once ehaste and impressive. The drama it We rejoice to see that - The Heart, of self, which has been chosen for her Mid Lothian continues, notwithstanding debût, is not among the most interest- all its repetitions, as attractive as lever, ing productions of this theatre. It is On the night when we saw it last, the founded on that piece of chill and house was completely crowded the dreary extravagance--the Castle of O- boxes with genteel and even splendid tranto, the prodigies of which have no company-and the ample spaces: 9f pil ideal truth, no imaginative coherence, and gallery, filled to the very merge with nu root in the affections or fears of the hearty, and tearful spectators. It is soul. The story, however, is better told, really delightful to think on the good and has more of human interest on this which this piece has done to the many stage, than in the original of Horace thousands who have seen into the vast Walpole.
crowds of labouring classes pent in a de - s1A melo-drame called The Murdered moralizing city, or its more demoraliz Guest, curtailed from Lillo's Fatal Curi- ing suburbs, into whose hearts it has osity, has been frequently acted here of sent an unwonted sweetnessis which late. The original play of this amateur will not pass away. We have seldom in the shocking, is built on “an over felt so deep and pure a gratification, as true i tale,” of the murder of a ship on looking at the full gallery the last wrecked merchant on the coast of Corn- time we saw this piece, and seeing or wall by his own parents, who, ignorant rather feeling the breathless interest and of his connexion with them, sought to deep sympathy with which hundreds relieve themselves from want by retain- there were hanging on the words of ing his jewels. There is nothing to re- Jenny Deans, wishing the plain-hearted lieve the horror of the incident except girl God speed,and joyously bursting into the forced and unnatural language put audible rapture on her triumph. We into the mouths of the wretched mur- thought at that moment Sir Walter derers, which,as it manifestly never was Scott, and the lady who more than emuttered, gives an unreality to the terrors bodied his , sweetest creation, as among of the scene. 1- The another, from a re- the most genuine benefactors of their spectable and suffering lady is converted species !
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without their authority. It is now said that Oxford.-On Tuesday evening, July 11, Sir Humphrey Davy will be chosen. We the Warden and Fellows of New College held earnestly hope that the interests of science their annual visitation of Winchester Cols will be exclusively consulted by the liberal lege. The following morning a numerous and independent body whose suffrages are to and highly respectable party assembled in confer this honour. the school-room to hear the recitation of the Recession of the Magnetic Needle.-Coloprize compositions, and select speeches; the nel Beaufoy is induced to believe, from his gold medals having been previously awarded magnetical observations, wbich are pabto Mr. Gable, for his English essay,“ Similar lished in Thomson's " Annals," that the causes lead to similar effects,” and to Mr. greatest variation of the compass has been Fearon for a Latin poem,“ Georgius Quartus attained, and that the needle is now slowly solium paternum ascendit.” The silver me- retrograding,and returning towards the North dals were adjudged to Mr. Bramston, for his Pole. In 1580, it pointed 11° 15' East; in delivery of the speech of Galgacus, the Ge 1658, due North ; since which time, until neral of the Caledonii, to his army, (Tacitus,) lately, its Western declination has been inand to Mr. Pears, for the oration of M. P. creasing. During the last nine months of Cato, de conjurationis Catilinæ sociis ; (Sal. 1819, the variation gradually increased, and lust.)
was, in the morning, 24° 37'4", and at noon, Cambridge, June 16.—Sir Wm. Browne's 240 41' 20". It fluctuated during January, three gold medals for the present year were 1819, decreased in February, and again fiucon Saturday last adjudged as follows :
-For tuated in March. Since that time, the the Greek Ode and Latin Ode, to Mr. Henry mean monthly variation has decreased conNelson Coleridge, Scholar of King's College; tinually ; and Colonel Beaufoy, therefore, and for the Epigrams, to Mr. Richard Okes, places the maximum of Western declination Scholar of the same society.Subjects, about the month of March, 1819. For the Greek Ode :--Munuoouvn.
Proposed Expedition into Africa. — Mr. For the Latin Ode : -Ad Georgium Qirar: Bowdích has issued a prospectus, inviting tum, Augustissimum Principem, Sceptra Pa- the institutions and individuals of Europe, terna accipientem.
by subscribing for shares of £5 each, to raise For the Greek Epigram :-Inscriptio, In the means of sending another mission into Venam Aquæ ex imis visceribus Terre Arte Africa under his direction, for the purpose of eductam.
advancing our knowledge of that continent. For the Latin Epigram :-Impransi dis- He says, that £700 would be sufficient to quirite.
In a correspondence with June 30. - The annual prizes of fifteen the late Mr. Park, published in the fifth guineas each, given by the Representatives number the Edinburgh Philosophical in Parliament of this University, for the best Journal, it is remarked, as a subject of redissertations in Latin prose, were on Monday gret, that no attempt has been made to carry last adjudged to Thomas Thorp, of Trinity on these researches by means of the natives. College, and Edward Boteler, of Sidney Col A sufficient number of African youth might: lege, Middle Bachelors.--Subject,
be educated in the various branches of learnIn Georgium Tertium, tov Makapitav, ing suited to their intended duties, whether Oratio Funebris.
as schoolmasters, missionaries, traders, or No prize adjudged to the Senior Ba- naturalists; and, from their colour, constichelors.
tution, and language, would be exempted The Porson prize, for the best translation from most of the difficulties that baffle the of a passage from Shakspeare into Greek exertions of European adventurers. verse, was on Monday last adjudged to Wil Growth of the Uredo Nivalis. - Mr. F. liam Henry Fox Talbot, Scholar of Trinity Bauer has found that the red globules of College. The subject is from Macbeth, Act this fungus, the colouring matter of red I. Scene the last. The dialogue between snow, vegetate and produce new fungi, when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, beginning with placed in fresh snow. He also ascertained “We will proceed no further," and ending that they vegetate in water alone, but in with “What the false heart doth know." this case produce green in place of red glo
Royal Society. — In consequence of the bules. death of the late president, Sir Joseph Banks, Action of Sulphuric Acid on Animal Submuch speculation has been excited with stances.-M.Braconnot's experiments on anirespect the choice of a successor to that mal substances tend to prove, 1. That animal lamented philosopher in ihe chair of the substances can be converted into other subRoyal Society. On Thursday, June 29, Dr. Stances, containing much less azote, by sulWilliam Hyde Wollaston was unanimously phuric acid.—2. That this change is effected elected president, pro tempore; but the per- by the abstraction of hydrogen and nitrogen, manent presidency will be conferred in No- in the proportion fit to form ammonia, and vember. The Duke of Sussex and Prince probably the absorption of oxygen by the Leopold have been mentioned as candidates sulphuric acid.-3. That gelatine may thus for this important situation, but, we believe, be changed into a very crystallizable sugar,