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Gibbs and Mrs. Mattocks.-The comic opera of Rotina then followed, and the whole representation appeared to give the greatest satisfaction. It must be gratifying to the several actors, though of various merit, to be thus candidly and generously applaaded. Nor is it less pleafing to the successive audiences, to find such reiterated exertions made for their instruction and entertain
The kage is certainly a powerful engine, whereby mankind may be benefitted and improved. We are always happy to announce any new piece, or any new performer, which in our opinion contributes to so valuable an end. The present comedy, He is Much to Blame—is now understood to be the production of Mr. Holcroft—to whose prolific pen we have on former occafions been highly indebted.-May he and other dramatic writers continue to entertain and instruct the public mind with performances, which, while they do credit to their respective talents, may subserve the beft interests of society.
THEATRE-ROYAL, HAYMARKET, Opened on Tuesday, June 12th, with a play called the Battle of Hexham, or Days of Old-previous to which was presented, a dramatic piece in one act, stiled, a Quarter of an Hour before Dinner. After the play, which was performed with spirit, was presented, a comic sketch, entitled, Blue Devils--taken from the French of M. Patrat. The characters were well suftained by Mr. Fawcett, Mr. Munden, Mr. Wathen, Mr. Waldron, jun. and Mrs. Gibbs.
June 13. A young lady of the name of Griffith made her debut at the Haymarket, in the character of Polly in the Beggar's Opera, which displayed tafte and judgment. Her voice poffeffes sweetness and Alexibility, and the sings with simplicity and expression. We are
informed that she received instructions from Mr. Kelly, who played Macbeth with animation. Suett performed the part of Filch with his usual humour, and brought forward some new readings, which were highly relished by his friends in the upper regions.
June 23. A new play in five acts, entitled The Inquifitor, translated from the German, was performed and received with dubious approbation. The characters were Romeo and Juliet, whose union was distracted by the ambition of the Inquisitor, who by their destruction hoped to acquire superior power, but fell a sacrifice to his own villainy, and by the union of the lovers the event was confirmed.
Mr. Darcy afterwards came forwards for the first time in the character of Capt. Greville in the Flitch of Bacon. His voice is pleasing, and the Haymarket Company may congratulate themselves on this fresh acquifition.
DRURY LANE, Displayed a very crowded and brilliant audience on Friday the 8th of June, for the benefit of Mr. Dignum. The song of the Fight of Camperdown was admirably fung by Mr. Dignum, and the presence of the gallant Admiral Duncan wonderfully increased the effect. The respect fhewed to him occasioned his bursting into tears He bowed repeatedly to the audience, after which all the performers came forward and sung Rule Britannia, with an additional verse in compliment to the names of Howe, St. Vincent, and Duncan. The farce of the Critic was afterwards performed. The whole scene inpressed the eye and interested the heart.
Monday night, June 18, this Theatre closed for the season, with that popular piece the Gaftle Spectre, and Comus. Palmer delivered a valedictory addrefs in every respect suitable to the occasion. He thanked the audience in the names of the proprietors and performers, for the great success with which they had been honoured, and assured them that, during the summer season, an attention to their future amusements should be affidu. ously cultivated. This address was received with unbounded applause.
The Cañile Spectre has been so great a favourite with the Public, that we understand the funds of Drury-lane have been much benefited by its frequent performance. That its Author is a man of talents no one can deny, but we could have wished that Mr. Lewis had dealt a little less in the marvellous. The effects of a silent ghost are, it seems, astonishing, and it has been humourously said, that next season the Witch of Endor is engaged to raise an abundance of ghosts for the amuse. ment of the audience. But we do not mean to enter into the merits of this drama on the present occasion. Of its nature and constituent parts we have already spoken in the second volume of our Miscellany. We shall therefore add nothing more of a critical nature respecting this popular production. We are indeed glad, and we cannot help expressing it, that the piece, however mixed may have been its merit, has contributed on so many occasions to promote the public entertainment.
We now take our leave of Covent Garden and DruryLane Theatres for the summer season. At the commencement of next winter, we shall announce their reopening, and endeavour to present our Readers with a faithful and entertaining account of their progress. In the mean time it will be our province to attend to the performances of the Hay-Market Theatre, which has begun its career with its accustomed energy.
FOR JUNE, 1798.
FOR HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTH-DAY, 1798,
BY H. ). PYE, ESQ. POET-LAUREAT.
SET TO MUSIC BY SIR W. PARSONS.
HILE loud and near, round Britain's coafts,
The low’ring storm of battle roars,
Insulting threat her happy shores,
In freedom's patriot monarch's cause,
Triumphant o'er the blue domain
Terrific on the howling wave:
Or should the winds uncertain gale
By recent fame at Lincelles won,
The electric flame of glory runs
O’er-run each tributary shore ;
Behold on Windsor's oak-fring'd plain,
Th’embroider'd zone victorious Edward bound,