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tender emotion, we should think he cally correct ; but he is never simple would fail ; but he carefully abstains or flowing. His conceptions are just from those characters in which it is and original ; but we sometimes perrequired. He has performed King ceive the working of the springs, when John, Lear, and Macbeth, all of them we should only be impressed by the fewith approbation, the two first with licity of the effect. There are certain distinguished applause. In the cele. characters in which this exhibition of brated scene with Hubert' he excited the machinery does well ; but it ought a sensation of horror which thrillid in general to be avoided. This error the whole audience; and in Lear he in Mr Terry we hold to have had its marked with equal power the shades origin in the peculiar distinctness of of incipient insanity creeping over the his perceptions, the accuracy with mind, and obscuring ere they altoge- which he is accustomed to analyze ther eclipsed the light of reason. In his characters, and a laudable anxiecomedy, he excels chiefly in old men; ty to present them to his audience equally in those of natural every-day with unerring clearness and effect. life, as in the tottering caricatures of This has imparted to his delivery an Centlivre, Vanburgh, and Cibber. His air of weighty precision, and oracuSir Peter Teazle, Sir Bashful Con- lar strength, which, though always stant, and Sir Anthony Absolute are vigorous and effective, is not always extremely good ; and in Lord Ogleby, pleasing or appropriate. It has led we are inclined to think he has no rival also to a violence and frequency of on the stage. He has also essayed emphasis, that aggravates the defects the arduous character of Falstaff, and, of a voice at all times rather powernotwithstanding the disadvantages of ful than melodious, and demands, for a thin face and figure, he has, by the strong passion, an exaggeration and power of his penetrating and accu- vehemence of tone and action, which rate intellect, raised it to an equality not only injures the expression, but with any one he performs. In cha- exhausts the performer. Yet Mr racters of amorous dotage and fret. Terry never rants ; he sometimes ful peevishness, he is not less success. gives needless or hurtful force to a ful; of which his Sir Francis Gripe, just feeling, but he never exhibits a Don Manuel, and Sir Adam Contest false one. Were this fault correctare excellent instances. He is very ed, and, being still in the early rientertaining also in Major Sturgeon gour of life, there is nothing to preand Sharp; but, besides that his vent him from correcting it, we face and figure, being less made up scarcely see an eminence to which Mr than in Falstaff
, are still more unpro- Terry may not hope one day to at. pitious to him in the doughty Major, tain." We entertain this expectation than in the jolly Knight, we think he with the more confidence, because has not yet succeeded in attaining the the rank which he has already reached genuine features of vulgarity or low depends, as we have said, less upon life.
mere personal qualifications than on The chief fault of this excellent ac- the constant and uniform exertions of tor, is want of ease. In tragedy, he is a mind acute, intelligent, well-informoften impressive, affecting, and even ed, and, we believe, decidedly bent sublime ; in comedy, humorous, sati- upon the attainment of professional rical, and droll: in both he is classic excellence. His soul appears to us 10
be deveted to his profession, and that mixture of genius, good taste, and with an enlarged and comprehensive mature reflection, that we venture to view of his object. The exertions of augur boldly of his future fortunes, each evening seem a part of one general though not to presage the extent of system. We never observe those starts his success. The extent of the tri. of caprice or negligence, too often umph of personal qualifications, even indulged by performers, who, having the most brilliant, can be readily estiacquired the public favour, they them. mated; but there is no placing bounds selves know not why, endanger the to the march of mental energy, where · loss of it they know not wherefore. there are no physical obstructions to It is a corresponding part of Mr its career. Terry's merit, that on the stage he Mr Archer is a veteran in the prois uniformly attentive to the general fession, of no brilliancy of talent, and business of the drama, and to the with no very careful or laborious fisupport of his dramatic character. nish of those moderate qualities he He never marks by his manner of possesses; he is, however, equable, playing that he is addressing an au- sensible, and natural, and in parts dience, or even that he is conscious of which long possession has mellowed their presence. And as he is atten, in his mind, and which otherwise suit tive to the maintenance of his own his powers, he is listened to with at. character, he aids, as far as possible, tention and respect. the scenic illusion, by acting as if Mr Berry is a low comedian of unthose on the stage along with him common natural abilities, unassisted were actually the persons
they repre- by study, and unimproved by art. sent. This is a point much neglect. The rich and humorous simplicity, ed by some performers, who, consci- the good natured archness of rusticious of real merit themselves, conceive ty, the unlaboured and identical truth it gives them a right to despise their of his expression, remind us of the inferior brethren, forgetting, that if character of Weston's talents : in the Hamlet marks by his contemptuous feebleness of old age he is no less conduct that his bosom confidant, successful. He is indebted for his Horatio, is only Mr-, he inevi. excellence solely to nature ; but he is tably forces upon the audience the sadly neglectful of her bounties. conviction, that the Prince of Den. They are suffered to run to waste, mark is himself but a shadow. To and talents which, with cultivation, receive as genuine the base coin which might rise to perfection in his cha. a manager must occasionally put into racters, are stilled by a slovenly inatcirculation, may sometimes be a trial tention and careless indolence, and of patience; but the more a performer expiring amidst habits which would of merit aids the theatricaldelusion, by destroy the finest powers. His old appearing to act with real persons, and Philpot in the Citizen, and his Jerry under the influence of real motives, Sneak, are exhibitions of uncommon the more he will frame the audience excellence. to that state of mind on which his Mr Mason, in parts of grotesque higher and solitary efforts are calcu, antiquity, of a dry, snappish ill-temlated to produce the most favourable per, a waspish, petty, comical
, cuneffects It is upon our conviction ning, iş admirably entertaining. The that Mr Terry acts from a happy extreme minuteness of his figure, the
quixotic gravity and lean solemnity and of a good figure, took the se. of his long thin features, form a coun- cond line in tragedy and comedy ; tenance which we would describe, by and, though we admit that he bawls calling it a burlesque anamorphosis of too much, his industry and attention John Kembles, and which, when are entitled to more regard than they perk'd up into irritable, pettish ex- meet. pression, or chuckling with the enjoy- Independent of the auxiliary tament of his own cunning or contri. lents of the elder Mrs Siddons, and vance, is irresistibly droll. We would of Mrs Jordan, with which our thea. distinguish his Periwinkle and his tre was adorned in the course of the Yuseph in the Siege of Belgrade, as season 1809-10, the permanent list happy illustrations of his excellence. of the establishment contained a very
Mr William Murray is the brother strong combination of female excelof Mrs H. Siddons, a very young lence in the profession. First in the man, but highly deserving of that list, undoubtedly stands Mrs Henry commendation, by which the fair Siddons. The praise given to this promises of merit should always be charming actress in our last year's encouraged. From the unremitting Register, we feel inclined "most attention which he pays to his busi- warmly to confirm and extend. The ness, and a strong good sense which varied and forceful expression of her he exhibits in those subordinate cha- voice and features, the quick, apracters hitherto allotted him, we propriate, and ever-present feeling, augur most favourably of his future the just and animated intelligence, progress. As his powers expand with which she enlivens and realizes and his knowledge ripens, his confi. the business of the scene, place her dence will increase, and he will get in the first rank of professional excelquit of that monotonous languor, and lence. The attractive tenderness of timid inertness, which at present domestic affection, the sparkling and seem to restrain him from attempting playful simplicity, the unconscious to give any thing like animated ex. archness of girlish innocence ; that pression to passion or feeling. The flexible and frolic joyousness, with pantomime of Mr Murray should not which health invigorates the form of be passed unnoticed. We learn he has beauty, and that light-hearted hilabeen under the regular instruction of rity with which the constitutional vi. Mr Farley of Covent Garden, and he vacity of youth inspires the bright does great credit to his master. He is and unexperienced mind, -so careless well qualified for this branch of the yet so captivating, so free yet so femiprofession, by a neat and naturally nine,--she delineates with a and graceful figure, and an uncommonly skill, which we can scarcely praise correct ear for music. To his care is sufficiently, without appearing to confided the superintendance of these praise extravagantly. It will be naexhibitions.
turally imagined, that powers thus Mr Putnam, who was noticed in assimilated to the finer and lighter our last year's enumeration of the features of the drama, are not calcuDrury-Lane company, added his related to reach the higher energies and spectable powers to the strength of the harsher passions of the tragic the theatre.
muse ; but Melpomene has regardMr Thompson, clean, well dressed, ed her with an eye of peculiar favour, and in the soft solicitudes of love, in rotatory exercise with which, it might the supplications of sorrow, the wild, seem, she endeavours to increase their etherial, and impressive quietude of expression. madness, or the pathetic pleadings of Mrs Young, (formerly of Druagonized affection, she wins her way ry-Lane,) is an actress of varied exto the heart with irresistible forcé. cellence. She sustains the heroine If we deny her claim to the sceptre of of genteel comedy with ease, eleterror, that of pity is all her own ; and gance, and grace, and the weightier never, surely, was the celestial being ladies of tragedy with force, with of the poets' conception more beauti- dignity, and feeling; and in those fully embodied.
parts, more particularly, in which the Returning from this pleasing ade tone of passion is not loud, but tenmiration to the remembrance of our der, natural, and true, she exhibits critical duty, we must compel our- a happiness of execution which is selves to point out some of the faults hardly equalled on the British stage. of this delightful performer.-In the She owes a great deal to a highly first place, then, we sometimes think elegant person and deportment, which, that the frequent habit of perform- whether displayed in the gracefulness ing characters of pathetic tenderness of a fashionable fair one, or the soft has induced an intonation, which symmetry of a youth, is always enappears like what we would call gaging and attractive. Her face, whining, when used in situations though not regularly handsome, is ofwhere it is not inspired by correspon- ten playful and often powerful ; and dent emotion. The powers of play. her clear voice is exhibited in an artis, ful fascination also, which she has culation singularly pure and distinct. been accustomed so successfully to At times, perhaps, she rather yields exert, may sometimes, perhaps, be to the broad tone of Mrs Jordan's tay her judgement, and surprise her style, which is only pleasing, and not into the very natural weakness of wishe always pleasing, in its original. In ing to transfer the sympathy of the general, her judgment is excellent, audience from the part to the ac- her feelings ardent, her humour contress; and we have sometimes fan- siderable, and her knowledge of her cied we have found her coquetting art extensive. Mrs Haller and Mrs with the house, and yielding to the Beverley are strong and praise-worthy temptation of making us say, instead examples of her powers in the serious of what an amiable creature is cast of characters, and Lady Teazle, Amanthis,” what an amiable woman and Maria in the Citizen, in the cois Mrs H. Siddons, who plays Aman- mic; and to her justly appertains the this! Further, although we willing- merit of being incomparably the best ly pardon a piece of affectation in a representative of the eccentric Wipretty woman, we assure Mrs Sid. dow Brady. dons, that she is in no danger of lo. The hoyden, the chambermaid, sing the slightest degree of her influ- and the rustic, the simpleton and the ence over our hearts, although she sylph, find an excellent representative should sometimes withdraw her beau. in Mrs W. Penson. This lady posa tiful eyes from the house to the sesses a small and pretty person, with scene, and divest them a little of that an intelligent and animated counte
nance ; her eye is large and spark. ting of great poetic merit, we yet ling, and her mouth ornamented with think the severity there bestowed a full proportion of very white teeth ; upon it quite too general and inconher voice is pleasantly sharp and siderate ; and that due praise has not powerful, her utterance rapid, and been given to the skill and ingenuity her flow of spirits exhaustless. She with which the fable is told, and the is, too, a very pleasing and scientific numerous incidents selected and comsinger, though not always safe. With bined, so as instantly to awaken the these qualifications, it is almost need most lively attention, progressively less to remark how entertaining in her to deepen the interest, and to keep hands are such parts as Priscilla Tom- the mind in the keenest suspence to boy, Floretta, Madge, or Audrey. the very last moment of the play. Her very best part is, perhaps, Wil- From the acting, this drama receiliam, in Rosina, where her pretty figure ved every advantage ; and in many is displayed to all possible advantage. respects must certainly have been
Mrs Nicol is the representative of much superior to the London repreall the old women, whether polished sentation. To the Eugenia of Mrs or vulgar, serious or burlesque, and H. Siddons, Mrs Glover's will bear when she is not polished or serious, no comparison : eminent as this lady she is very entertaining. Her Mrs is in comedy, in tragedy she is turgid Malapropis strikingly excellent, and unnatural, and her grief is hystemerely by her giving the slipslopism rically disgusting. Mrs H. Siddons of the character with the most un- never once departed from, or exceed. deviating gravity, and never appearing ed the truth of character in the poor to taste the joke herself.
persecuted Maniac; she was a soThe subordinate departments are lemn, wild, and impressive, timid, well filled, and the business well sup- tender, and beautiful in her misery.' plied and conducted. One great de- De Valmont gave Mr Siddons scope ficiency, however, there is, to supply for the exhibition of his best powers. which every attempt that has been Mr Terry made his first appearance hitherto made has been ineffectual- before an Edinburgh audience in Mr there is no elegant young man in the Farley's part of Bertrand, and inestablishment;
no Surface, or Belcour, stantly produced that powerful inteor Archer : Mr Siddons, therefore, rest in his favour, which has ever is compelled to undertake these him- since been progressively encreasing. self; and we need not say how en- It is, indeed, one of his finest parts. tirely they are out of his line. L'Eclair and Rosabelle were enliven
The first new piece presented to ed by the comic good-humour of the Edinburgh audience was Die Berry, and the sprightliness of Mrs mond's Foundling of the Forest, W. Penson. The play met with the which has already been noticed in most decided success; it ran for many this year's record of the London nights together, and continued to be Drama; it is therefore needless to performed throughout the season with make any
farther critical mention of undiminished effect. the play : we shall only observe, that The next novelty was the revival of although it must be admitted to vio- the Winter's Tale. Possessing, as late the purity of taste as a dramatic might be imagined, a kind of heredicomposition, and not to contain wri. tary reverence as well as professional