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Aumerle = Comer : Lancaster = Egan : Bishop of Carlisle = Charlton: Queen = Mrs. Vining : Duchess of York=Mrs. Weston :-the alterations made on this occasion were little or nothing more than omis. sions, except that the lines about Bolingbroke's affectation of popularity were improperly taken from the king, and given to Aumerle-Wroughton’s alteration is not a bad one, but he has omitted too much of the original play—for this reason the Bath alteration was the better of the two-in particular, the scene at the Lists was retained—it was well managed (as at C. G. Feb. 6 1738) and produced a good effect in representation—the play was gotten up at some expense and was well acted—it was however performed but twice, and that to bad houses.

28. Gamester. Beverley = W. Macready : Mrs. Beverley = Mrs. Weston.

Feb. 2. George Barnwell = W. Macready : Millwood = Mrs. Weston :—with Midas, by Chatterley - he acted very well.

. 7. Hero of the North. Gustavus = W. Macready : Frederica = Mrs. Mountain :-she had acted several nights.

14. Mrs. Weston's bt. Riches. Luke-W. Macready : Lady Traffic = Mrs. Weston : - - Stanley acted Heartwell well, tho' the part was quite out of his usual line of acting.

16. Fontainbleau. Lackland = W. Macready :he ought never to have attempted any part in Comedy, which was not quite serious.

18. Macready's bt. Riches-he acted Luke well. 23. Stanley's bt. Mysteries of the Castle. Hilario

= Stanley : Carlos = Warde : Fractioso= Chatterley: Constantia = Mrs. Mountain : :- with Aladdin - a good house-£204 15 0-Comer acted Cloddy well.

March 7. Chatterley's bt. Clandestine Marriage. Lord Ogleby = Chatterley : Lovewell = Warde :with Little Hunchback, and Paragraph-Chatterley acted Lord Ogleby very well—Little Hunchback was hissed—and very few persons in the boxes stayed out the Paragraph.

9. Travellers Benighted. Robert = Stanley :-with For England Ho! Guillaume=Stanley :-he played both the parts well.

14. Bengough's bt. Speed the Plough. Sir Philip Blandford = Bengough: Sir Abel Handy=Chatterley: Bob Handy=Stanley: Henry=Warde :-Chatterley and Warde acted very well—Stanley was very good -particularly in the dance.

28. Barbarossa. Achmet=Betty :—since the 1st season of his acting as a man, he had had no engagement in London-but he had a never failing resource in Bath-he acted 8 nights.

30. Othello = Betty: Æmilia = Mrs. Weston :this was one of her best parts, but she did not like it - the whole performance was flat, with the exception of Mrs. Weston.

April 1. Lady of the Lake. Fitz-James = Warde, 1st time : Roderic Dhu= Stanley, 1st time. 4. Zenobia. Rhadamistus = Betty, 1st time.

Mrs. Davison acted 5 nights. May Miss S. Booth acted 4 nights. 11. Oroonoko = Warde, his last app

but one upon

the stage.

13. Mrs. Chatterley's bt. Castle Spectre. Osmond=Betty: Father Philip = Chatterley : Angela = Mrs. Chatterley :—Warde was to have acted for Mrs. Chatterley's bt., but was obliged to go to London on business of consequence-on his return to Bath, he resumed his profession.

20. Comer's bt. Cure for the Heart-ache. Frank Oatland = Comer :-with West Wind. Sir Toby Jestall = Chatterley: Dr. Buckthorn = Woulds : Peter=Comer: Lady Jestall = Mrs. Jarman : Molly = Miss Rennell.

West Wind, or Off for London, is a musical F. by Wastell —it is a poor piece—it was written to expose the folly of practical jokes—the plan was better than the execution-it came out at the Lyceum on Sep. 29 1812-the original cast was—Sir Toby Jestall=Penley: Dr. Buckthorn=Oxberry : Peter (servant to Sir Toby)=Knight : Charles (nephew to Sir Toby) = J. Smith : Lady Jestall = Mrs. Harlowe : Molly (wife to Peter)= Mrs. Bland :—Sir Toby had sent Charles 100 miles by way of a joke-Charles determines to be revenged-he writes a letter, as from the Herald's Office, to inform Sir Toby that he is made a baron-Sir Toby sets off for London-at the conclusion, Charles acknowledges that the supposed peerage was only a joke, and played off by way of retaliation-Buckthorn insists that the Wind is the primary cause of all diseases, and that when it is in the West, it produces madness.

23. Every one has his Fault. Edward = Miss Jarman :-she acted very well.

June 1. Merope. Dorilas = Warde : Merope Mrs. Weston :- Warde's first dress was much too fine-in the 5th act, in prison, he appeared in a still finer dress, and without chains—a change of dress under the existing circumstances was absurd-and Merope says to him—" he swears to free thee from “thy chains.”

July 8. Merchant of Venice. Shylock=Kean :Kean was dressed too fine-he did not make any attempt to look like old Shylock, as he ought to have done-in some parts of the 3d and 4th acts, he was exquisite-particularly when he said to Tubal—“ Is “ it true? is it true?”-in his last speech but one“ I am_content"-he made a most happy pause, as if it almost choaked him to bring out the word.

13. Othello = Kean,

14. Richard the 3d = Kean :--Richard was Kean's best part--but he overdid his death—he came up close to Richmond, after he had lost his sword, as if he would have attacked him with his fists-Richmond, to please Kean, was obliged to stand like a fool, with a drawn sword in his hand, and without daring to use it.

15. Macbeth = Kean :- Macbeth was not one of his best characters.

In the course of the season, Warde acted Florizel -Hardyknute - William Wyndham-RibaumontCharles Euston-Sir Edward Mortimer-Claudio in Much ado-Romeo-Leon, &c.

Stanley acted Doricourt-Benedick_Duke Aranza -Howard in Will_Don Julio in Bold StrokeGossamer, &c.

Chatterley acted Hardy-Dogberry-Sir Solomon Cynic-Watty Cockney, &c.


A Gentleman, in 1814-1815, published 6 vols. of old plays—for which the public are greatly indebted to him.

In his preface he says—“ there is no doubt a great

inequality in the different writers, and indeed in “ their several works—they are certainly inferiour to “ what the public might have expected from the con“temporaries of Shakspeare, if it were not remem“ bered that Shakspeare was a prodigy in his own “ time, as well as in ours-neither has the Editor “ in his most sanguine moments, presumed to place “ them on a level with the works of Beaumont and “ Fletcher, or Jonson, or Massinger_but he be“ lieves it will be conceded to him, that they have “ many excellencies in common with those great men “ —the same peculiarities in their language, their “ manner of thinking, and their moral feeling-in

brief, that they are of the same school * . neither 66 will it be denied that the Drama of that


had “ its defects-on the contrary, the Editor admits, “ that the reader will not unfrequently discover scenes “ that might have been wrought up with more skill, “ and plots that might have been disentangled with « less perplexity, incidents in themselves unimport“ant, sometimes brought prominently forward, but “ still more frequently important incidents slurred “ over without their proper force, particularly in the

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