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of justice; no more. They ask only for the few, | Macready, and an experiment again made in favour very few hours which remain after a day of toil, of the legitimate. to recruit the exhausted body, and provide that
Of the Bohemiun Girl, which ran so very many share of mental instruction and recreation, and of nights last season, it is unnecessary to say any. social intercourse, which may raise them beyond thing, and the same will hold good of the Brides of the brute condition they are not content to Venice and Acis und Galatea, though several of occupy.
the characters were differently sustained. The We would earnestly beseech those who may Bohemian Girl has been by far the most successconsider such a scheme as Utopian, to attend, ful of the revivals, drawing, on every night of its whenever they may have an opportunity, such a representation, most crowded houses. The Corsair, meeting as that to which we refer. They willihen also, has been the ballet, which has made a hit, and have all their doubts most satisfactorily removed, deservedly, for though it sometimes hangs heavy, and find that purchasers, that is to say, the public, yet upon ihe whole it is a most spirited and happily would share with employers the advantages for conceived affair, doing much credit to Monsieur which the assistants ask. Meanwhile, each indi. Albert, its inventor. The pas de divers gens, in vidual will be doing a good deed, pleasant to look which Messrs. Delferier, Webster, and Mademoi. back on, who exerts his or her influence, in how- selle A. Delbes appear, are very good, while the ever small a circle, in preventing the late shopping, pas de deux, executed by Monsieur Montessu and for so long as people will buy, sellers will be Miss Clara Webster, gained the utmost applause. found. Let them remember, business is not done | The dancing of Adele Dumilatre however, is the even when the shop closes; and let them ask, if grand feature of the ballet, to which is added a twelve hours' incessant toil out of the four-and- very singular and elegantly conceived series of twenty be not enough for poor humanity.
tableaux — " The Corsair's dream."
About ten days since, the manager produced the
first operatic novelty of the season, in the shape of AMUSEMENTS OF THE MONTH. The Syren, with the most complete and unquali
fied success. It is a comic opera by Auber,
with a libretto for the English stage furnished by DRURY LANE.
Mr. G. Soane. It is full of the able composer's Alfred Bunn, regius professor of Drury Lane, variety of conception, rich fancy, and correct has lately dared the perils of a patent theatre, and musical taste, with brilliant and charming airs, opened with an operatic, dramatic, and balletic and very effective concerted pieces. In the first act company of very great ability. Of course, for is a quartet “Oh, nymph too shy and fearful,” reasons best known to themselves, certain parties beautiful, rich, and expressive, which was very have attacked the talented manager, and found loudly applauded. The plot of the opera was so fault with his non-production of Shakspeare and exceedingly intricate that we gladly avail ourselves the legitimale drama. No word has been more of an unravelment, since we ourselves had some desecrated than this same word legitimate. The difficulty in making itout; the interest which should opening of a theatre must always be a speculation, attach to the Syren being too much centred on as the law stands, and a manager must produce Scopetto, the captain of a band of smugglers and that which will pay. Tragedy, comedy, and plays banditti, on the Abruzzi. require to be produced at Drury Lane withựa The piece commences with a scene in a solitary company so powerful and so expensive, that it vicarage, in the mountains, where two travellers cannot remunerate the lessee, for despite of every meet by chance. Scipio, the commander of the assertion to the contrary, the legitimate drama at Neapolitan gun brig Eina, and Bolbaya, the high-priced theatres does not produce a constancy manager of the theatre at Naples, in seaich of a of full houses. Mr. Bunn, therefore, bas thought prima donna. The conversation turns upon the fit to try operas, dramas, and ballets, and, in daring actions of Marco Tempesta, a notorious our opinion, very judiciously, and has shown smuggler and bandit, who is said 10 be invulnerbis disposition 10 support native talent, by able, and who has succeeded his father in his illegal engaging some of our first English vocalists, profession. Much, however, as Bolbaya dreads Misses Rainsforth and Romer, Messrs. llarrison the terrible Marco, his fears are mastered by his and Stretton, and by introducing a new and most curiosity to discover a mysterious being called the talented singer, Donald King, to say nothing of Syren, who is said to possess a marvellously sweet Miss Delcy, who has been eminently successful. voice, and has frequently been heard singing in In the ballet department, despite the superior the mountains. Could he but engage this ravishpopularity of Adele Dumilatre, Clara Webster is ing vocalist as his prima donna, his fortune would native, and fully equal 10 many whose foreign be made. While ihey speak, the Syren is heard names constituie their chief attraction. Adele warbling her wild notes outside the window, at Dumilatre, however, is a most elegant and graceful the moment Scopetto (who, by the way, is the real danseuse.
Marco Tempesta), eniers to take shelter from the The Bohemian Girl, Acis and Galatea, Brides rain, which has begun to descend in torrents. of Venice, and The Syren have been produced the frank bearing of the young naval officer takes with much success, and we have little doubt a very Scopetto's farcy, and he even goes so far as 10 offer prosperous season will show the wisdom of the him his sister Zerlina's hand in marriage. This manager's policy. We still hope, however, that proof of the stranger's partiality to him is modestly Covent Garden will be opened on the return of declined by Scipio, and he then informs him that his heart is already engaged, and that he is then on an aria, which irresistibly draws from their posts his route 10 Naples 10 report the capture of a the guards, who were placed at the different smuggling vessel, in which Marco Tempesta had entrances to prevent the escape of Marco Temembarked a cargo worth fifty thousand piastres. pesta. As the finale terminates, all the guests and The communication of this disagreeable intelli- guards are grouped around the fascinating songgence to the smuggler fills him with rage, and he is stress; and while they are applauding her last about drawing his poignard upon Scipio, when the roulade, Scopelto, or, as he should now be called, invisible Syren is again heard singing. Scipio, Marco Tempesta, leaps from the terrace into the thinking he recognizes the tones of the voice, and sea, and escapes, and thus the opera terminates. Bolbaya, anxious to secure the mysterious vocalist, Miss Rainforth, who undertook the part of rush off in the direction from whence the voice Zerlina, the Syren, sang with all that exquisite proceeds. A new visitor now enters, this is the grace and elegance, as well as judgment, which Duke de Popoli, Governor of the Abruzzi, who have raised her 10 so high a place in public estihas been accosted by a female mask whom he had mation. Harrison, as the bandit chief, was unmet the preceding evening at a ball, and who had usually successful and happy, both in voice and appointed to meet him at the lone vicarage in the acting ; while Donald King, as Scipio, was most mountains. The duke recognizes Scopetto as a correct and effective in his personation of the part, former servant of his, and instantly bestows on him while his singing was graceful, elegant, and tastehis full confidence by relating to him the cause that ful, fully bearing out the high opinion we hare induced him to visit the mountains. The masked previously had occasion to express of him. lady does not, however, make her appearance, but The scenery was magnificeni, the choral departa letter is conveyed instead to the duke from the ment and orchestra on a scale of effectiveness and Syren, informing him that she is in possession of power to be found at no other theatre, doing much certain papers which establish the existence of a crelit both to the spirited manager, as well as legitimate child of his elder brother, whose recog. Messrs. Benedict and Tully. In fine, the opera nition would deprive the duke of bis title and in every department, musical, dramatic, and scenic, estates. This document she offers to place in his was completely successful, and will doubtless athands in exchange for fifty thousand piastres, the tain to a very great degree of popularity, which it value of the cargo belonging to Marco Tempesta, certainly deserves, were it only for the prodigious seized by Scipio, and now in the duke's possession. efforts made by the manager to produce it with all The duke plans with Scopetto to inveigle the necessary brilliance and effect. Syren into some place where he shall have a party
Princess's Theatre. of troops in ambush, under pretence of acceding :0 her 'terms, and thus secure the paper and the Mademoiselle Nau for a prima donna, and Wal
The Syren, and Don Casar de Bazan, with Syren herself at a cheap rate. Scopetto, or Marco, who has also his own game to play, steals lack, as a hero in the play, have been completely a description of himself which the police have successful. The latter is full of humour, incident, transmitted to the duke, and substitutes for it a and intrigue, with something of the objectionable close description of Scipio, who is consequently French origin; however, it has been completely
character, which too often is manifest in plays of seized by the gens d'armes who have come into the Abruzzi" to capture the smuggler chief. In the successful, and is performed nightly amid the most second act the scene is laid in an inn, which, being it is by a most talented company, Mademoiselle
enthusiastic applause. This house, supported as open in front, and backed by the overhanging Nau, Mrs. Stirling, Mrs. Clifford, Mr. Wallack mountains, through whose winding and precipitous and others, has commenced a season which gives paths persons are seen ascending and descending, produces a very picturesque and novel stage effeci!) every promise of being eminently successful. This inn is the rendezvous of the smugglers; and
HAYMARKET. here Boibaya and Scipio enter, after an unsuccess. Few managers have been so fortunate as Mr. ful pursuit of the Syren through the mountains. Webster, and this by catering to the public laste The life of Scipio, whom the contrabandists recog- in a legitimnate and praiseworthy manner. Comedy nize as the commander of the Etna, is on the point of the higher school, light and elegant pieces, clever of being sacrificed by the enraged band, when farces, are the dramatic efforts which characterize Scopetto fortunately arrives in time to save bim this house. Vanbrugh's comedy of the Confe. from their daggers. The duke, who has also been deracy has been revived, first produced at the old disappointed in meeting the Syren at the appointed Haymarket in 1705, and being now supported by place with the paper, next arrives at the inn, Farren, Strickland, Charles Mathews, Madame where Scopelto introduces the smugglers to him Vestris, Miss P. Horton, and Miss Julia Bennell, as the operatic company of the Court Theatre, has met with the most singular success. A farce, with their manager, Bolbaya, who had been seized entitled Thimble-rig, founded on a clever tale in and stripped in the mountains by Marco Tempesta Chambers' Edinburgh. Journal, “Ten Pounds," has and his troop. The duke, who has a grand fête been very happily adapted and played by Buck. on the following day, instantly engages, also, by stone, and a new version of Don Cesar de Bazan, the advice of Scopeito, the whole corps, and they called a Match for a King, serves to bring the depart forthwith for the duke's palace of Popoli
. peculiar talents of Mr. Charles Mathews forward It need scarcely be added that the impostor corps very effectively. Miss Julia Bennett, a clever and rifle the palace during the festivities, and that rising actress, was an admirable Marilana. The Zerlina, the Syren, who is Scopetlo's sister, sings house fills every night.
who, by-the-way, is a pupil of Richard Westall, Don Cæsar de Bazan, with Webster for the R.A., has also a very considerable gallery of oilhero, has also been produced at this house, with paintings and water-colour drawings, amongst complete success, and since that a new and which Milan Cathedral, Rouen Cathedral, Romney original, eccentric, mythological, and musical bur-Lock, with a view of Windsor Castle, are most Jesque, called Telemachus, or The Island of Ca. conspicuous. Several elaborate pencil landscapes, lypso, from the fertile pen of Stirling Coyne; it is and an admirable Madonna and 'Ecce Homo, size one of those amusing absurdities which excite a of lise, further testify to the versatility of this very laugh, and therefore deserves to be praised, since clever artist's style. a hearty laugh is an excellent thing.
Webster's Don Cæsar at this house is a most finished and admirable piece of acting, even superior to Wallack's, and does great credit to the ex
FASHIONS FOR NOVEMBER. traordinary versatility of this very clever manager and actor.
Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, SADLER'S Wells.
à Paris, October 24. King John has been produced at this establishment on a scale of magnificence which does great Our season promises to be a very brilliant one ; credit to the management. Phelps, as the King, indeed, the luxury of dress goes on increasing so played with all that vigour, power, and energy, rapidly, that we shall soon want sumptuary laws which have placed him deservedly so high in his to put a stop to it. I could fill a good part of the profession; he looked, spoke, and walked the space you allot me, with an account only of the boards King John himself.' Mrs. Warner, as Con- different materials that have appeared for robes, stance, was truly sublime; never was grief more &c., &c., but I shall content myself with selecting passionately true, more admirably vehement, and from the mass such as I am certain will be yet so true to nature: there were moments when fashionable, and, at the same time, likely to suit the she absolutely electrified the house by the intensily taste of your fair readers. First then, I must and splendour of her sorrow; the finishing despair observe, that woollen materials, which have latterly of a broken heart was truly as fine a piece of been but little in vogue, are this year likely to be acting as ever was presented on the English stage. very much adopted in promenade dress, and some Marston, as Faulconbridge, was respectable, and of a peculiarly elegant kind will be fashionable in
half-dress. Plain merinos of darker or full colours, The scenery, appointments, and whole" getting satin striped merinos, satins de Laine, Cachemeres up” of the play, reflect the highest credit on the d'Ecosse of a more substantial fabric than the mousmanagement, and have helped much to ensure selaines de Laine, and printed in the same style in that complete success which this house so richly a great variety of patterns, printed Alpagas, and deserves; boxes, pit, and gallery, have been nightly Pekins de duvet l'hibet—these materials are all crowded to suffocation. Hamlet and The Bridal intended for promenade dress, or negligé de matin. have also been acted with equal applause; and Promenade silks are the levantines glacées, plain various interesting novelties and revivals are, we satins, and a variety of shaded and figured silks. hear, in preparation.
There are several new fancy materials for halfdress. The velours Cachemere, velours damasses,
and Pekins veluntés are the most elegant. The FINE ARTS.
evening silks are really superb; some are of rich Arabian patterns, others in running patterns of
flowers; the Pekins gothiques striped in broad PERSIAN PAINTING.
stripes, thickly strewed with ogires and architec
tural fragments : these last are exceedingly novel, Since our former slight allusion to this elegant and have a rich effect in silver grey, bleu Neand pleasing style of painting—which, for young mours, or black; for I should observe that many ladies especially, from the ease with which it is of our richest figured silks are of that hue, it being learnt, and the tasteful appearance of a picture now very much in vogue. Plain velvets and finished in this style is peculiarly suitable-Mr. satins of the richest kind; satin striped with velvet; King has submitted to our notice several most brocades and damasks ; the two latter, à la renaisfinished and vigorous scenes, in Geneva, the sance, are intended for grand parure; and the salt mines in Africa, and Lâding in Switzer- brocades and damasks for court dress, have an land. A view of Caen Cathedral, however, intermixture of gold in the silk. is one of the most elaborate and exquisite ar- The vogue of furs, which has been gradually chitectural landscapes we have for a long time increasing during some winters past, seems now to bad an opportunity of examining; the massive have reached its height; at present sable and pile, silent yet speaking, heavy yet sublime, as we ermine are the only fashionable furs, the former have seen it many a time and oft, peculiarly may be adopted in carriage and promenade dress, fascinated us. There is a charm in beholding or for the trimming of robes ; the latter is a dress once again, even upon canvas, long lost scenes, fur par ercellence, it is never seen in the promeand such was our feeling when our eye caught nade. Some fancy furs are expected to come into sight of this very clever production, Mr. King, favour ; and it is said that gerbe, which was very
fashionable a few years ago, will be revived, but arranged in chicerée wreaths; violet and green that is not yet certain. Fur camails, so fashion are favourite colours for these bonnets : a good able last winter, have reappeared, under the name many are lined with white satin. Those for halfof mantelets: they are of a large size, and made dress are usually of light hues, as straw colour, with sleeves; they are also fichu mantelets with pink, and blue; some have the exterior trimmed long scarf ends, the back is of the fichu form. with velvet flowers, panachés, and the interior deThe Victorines are of a similar shape, but the corated with knots of velvet ribbon, shaded in the scarf ends do not reach much more than half colours of the flowers ; others are decorated with way to the knee. Muffs have not increased in willow plumes, ostrich, and fancy feathers, of which size. Cashmere shawls at present divide the we have this season a very great variety. Velvet vogue with cloaks, though as the cold increases, capotes, with demi-voiles of black lace, retained by they must be laid aside till the spring. The a long ostrich feather, are much in request in most novel, and I think the most beautiful, are négligé ; and those composed entirely of black lace, the cháles Mogador : I have sent you a model of trimmed with ribbons, striped or figured in black There is
more variety in the form of and rose colour, are among the prettiest half-dress cloaks than I ever remembered to have seen; coiffures for the spectacle. While satin capoles some that will be very much in vogue, composed lined with pink, the interior trimmed with small of black velvet or satin, well wadded, and lined flowers of a deeper shade of red, intermixed with with gros de Naples, they are of rather more than blonde lace, and the exterior decorated with a wreath a three-quarter lengih, and though not quite in of white and rose-coloured shaded têtes de plumes, the cumail form, have a strong resemblance to it. will also be in great request in half-dress. An Those composed of satin are either trimmed with attempt is making, but I think it will be an unvelvet, or with a new and rich kind of cord laid on successful one, to bring velvet into favour for drawn in different patterns ; if the mantle is velvet, it is bonnets ; several of the velours épinglé chapeaux either trimmed with sable fur, or with passementerie. are trimmed at the edge of the brim, with a satin The manteau russe, always composed of velvet, bas biais, and a satin bouillonnée on the left side of the a tight corsage descending below the hips, and a crown; the right is decorated with a bouquet comsable or ermine pelerine attached to it of the heart posed of apple blossoms intermixed with wild form, but terminating in bands, which encircle the Mowers and foliage ; others of straw-coloured bottom of the corsage; long sleeves of moderate velours épinglé, are trimmed with knots of satin width, with fur cuffs. The mantle part falls in ribbon of the same hue, intermingled with a fullness easy folds, from the shoulders, and is considerably of black lace. Black, ponceau, green, and violet, shorter than the dress; it is always bordered with seem likely to be the favourite colours for velvet fur. Some of the most elegant pardessus, for car- chapeaux. I have seen also several of light brown riage dress, are of the redingote form : they are velvet decorated in the interior of the brim with a composed of either velvet or satin, and made a plissé of ponceau satin ribbon, and the exterior little larger than the robe, so as to go on easily with a plume dentelée, shaded in white and ponover it. They are lined with silk or satin, ceau. Shaded feathers and black and white lace wadded, and always open in front. The bave lost nothing of their vogue in the trimmings trimming may be composed of fur, of embroidery of chapeaux, shaded ribbons corresponding with in chenille, or of passementerie. There are several the plumes generally accompany them. Black new kinds of the latter garniture. Another envelope lace, though fashionable in half-dress, is also em. that seems very likely to be fashionable is the ployed for the promenade, but white is seen only paletot Grec ; it is certainly a decided improve-in demi toilette. A new style of trimming for the ment upon the original form of that unbecoming interior of the brim is composed of tulle, arranged wrap; they may be composed of velvet, satin, or in a novel kind of bouillonnée. Cashmere; the corsage, formerly so shapeless, now The majority of robes, both for the promenade sits close to the tigure at the back; the fronts are and demi toilette, are of the redingote form, close as before--loose, and in a single piece only on each corsages are gaining ground, and even those made side. Wide sleeves, particularly so at the bottom, open in front are much less so than they have been they are cleft half way up the forearm, and laced for some time past; thus there is but little of the with silk cord, The skirt, of a half length only, chemisette seen, but that little is beautifully emhas an opening at each side, laced in a similar broidered, as is also the collar of the chemisette
, manner. The garniture of the entire is always There is, as you will perceive by the models I send embroidery either in braiding or chenille. you, a good deal of variety in sleeres; those of the
Little change has as yei taken place in the demi Espagnole form, I mean slashed at the bota forms of chapeaux and capotes; the brims of the tom, are, I think, the most povel. There are former are something wider but not deeper, they likewise a good many made of a three-quarter remain of the same length, and are rounded at the length, or rather better ; they are of the same width corners; the crowns are a little, but very little, from the bottom to the top, but are cleft at the raised.' Velvet, velours épinglé, and satin are the lower part. A good many sleeves of a threematerials at present employed, but the latter is less quarter length are quite right to the arm, they are extensively seen t!an the two former. Some fancy always made with mancherons and cuff's rimmed materials bave appeared, but their vogue is as yet with bouillonnée embroidery in braiding, and velvet uncertain; a good many morning bonnets, and ribbon or ruches. If a sleeve is quite right, there some half-dress ones are of satin, drawn in large is nearly always some kind of trimming adopted
. runners; the first are trimmed wiili ribbon generally Velvet ribbon is in very great request. I have