November 26, 1871. E ERA. . tt....i. ; rrfiMAi-nl mnnncrpr. nml Hip immiful flivnnrni- as. Jft ' i3 sir Yfviau- OLDHAM. Hotel Music Hall (Proprietress, MraBeltou.) The fresh MusfP n cstabishment are Mr Tom Taylor (comic and motto arrivals . , lia philips (serio-comic), MrT. Rushton (buffo), and Mr vocal"1?' . ,liptnrV Harry PINNER. . ontprtoinment of a high class was given on Monday in the Young t timte and drew a large an! appreciative audience. The vocalists 51 r Cecil and M'ss Tricksted, Messrs. Pennington and C. J. wcre Miss ceicbrated bass). Miss Cecil and Mr Bishcnden were Hisheira i t.j rtu(,t " La ci darem," and Mr Pennington also was encored in jjjshcnden sang " Hearts of Oak" in his well-known WR j secured, as usual, an encore. Miss Tricksted and the Misses s I '.t (two very clever pianists) deserve mention. K PLYMOUTH. mnusomenls at the Theatre Royal, the Circus, at St. James's 1 litondin at the Albert Hall have most materially been affected Hall, ai .i,iCh has caused more excitement in this town than has i,v tne ivii'x'-i Ken known for years. PORTSMOUTH. TRE royal. (Lessee and Manager, Mr H. Eutley.) After a f nv of six nights Mr Hermann Vozin took his benelit on Friday t when was performed Hinko and Dr Davy. It was most pitiable , !. rlcvcr and talented an artist had not better support, he having nrieinally engaged for thirteen nights. This week another star, 'r6" Teuiiie Gourlay, opened hero in an American drama entitled Fancho-, ' L U'iK i' rfte Wisp. The attendance has been very unsatisfactory. "f f ani rte Brahmins is still in the bills. hoyvi. Albert Theatre. (Lessee and Manager, Mr W. Montague.) Mr Pennington has been engaged here for this week, and appeared on Z i lav in the character of Othello. He gave a clever rendering of the t ind met with a considerable share of applause. The lago of Mr w Dixon was very commendable, lie nas also enacted Macbeth, i, the WercnailL ui teiiiiiimmuiMiuiire luuu, iu uu Ul muon i 1im (iisplavcd a large amount of histrionic ability. The audiences , hoon small but discriminative. The afterpieces were Deaf as a Post, dime's Frolic, and The Jealous Wife. t George's Ham. (Proprietor, Mr Q. II. Atkins.) Dr. Corry's no'rama of Ireland has now run into the fourth week, and is as well "milled as at first Mr Tom Coyne (in his Irish songs) is most humorous. Ml" Nell)' Hayes and Carry Henry render some pretty duets at different itervals during the evening. The Lakes o Killarney are most truth illustrated, and some appropriate music has been added by Mr D. lillmcs the pianist and composer. South of Esglaxd Music Halt,. (Proprietor, Mr W. Brown.) Another attraction this week, the engagement of Senors Gonza and Rnmah Mexican athletes. They are daring and studied iu their feats, id will no doubt prove attractive ; also first appearance of Messrs Gil-?tand Brydge (Ethiopians and dancers), Miss Emily Ethair (a most f i ciQiiiim serio-comic), and the Brothers Pavillio (gymnasts). From the success attending Mr and Mrs Barney and their little daughter they lave been re-engaged another week. PRESTON. Theatre Royal and Opera House. (Lessee and Manager, Mr C 11 Duval.) During the past week we have had the following Macbeth, The Octoroon, Robert Macaire, and Gold is Sotlting : lluppiiiessis All. The last play was excellently mounted, and drew large '"swii low's Circus This establishment continues to receive a fair amount o! patronage, and puts before the public a very tempting and varied programme. 'gkorce Uoscert Hall. (Proprietor, Mr Leo. Waddington.) Harry Dales (Negro comedian), and announced as "the original Lazy Sam," r O'Donnell (Irish comedian and dancer), and Miss Nellie Granville ii'erio-couiic and ballad vocalist) are drawing capital houses here. Kixo's Head Concert Hall. (Proprietor, Mr J. Blackoe.) Mr H. Breeze (siar comic), Messrs Bradley and Ilardcastlc (comic duettists), and Miss Amelia Tedder are all good in their respective lines, and receive fluttering patronage. B KAWTENSTALL. Christy's Minstrels. On Monday last Mr ,T. T. Tnte's Troupe of American Artistes pevformcd in our New Co-operative Hall to a great house. Xliep-jrt singing, as well as the solos, was admirable. The corner men, Messrs Deller and Campbell, wcre exceedingly original and whtv, both in their comic singing and by-play. The concluding item was" a burlesque opera, introducing twelve artists, and the concert gave every satisfaction. RICHMOND (Surrey). Edmomds's, late Wombwell's, Menaoerie exhibited here on the 10th ana 11th inst., at Wilson's Riding School, Kew-road. There was a very numerous attendance each day. Kichmosd Parochial Library and Eeamsq Rooms. On Tuesday Captain G. P. Trevor gave a lecture on -'The Court of Hyderabad." ROCHDALE. Pfunie of Wales Theatre. (Lessee and Manager, Mr John Fojte.) Mr Mortimer Murdoch took his benefit on Friday, 17th inst., and appeared as Snorkey, in Under the Gaslight, and Jack Ryvers, in A Flush of Lightning, to a good house. The performance was repeated on Saturday. Mr i'ocrte evidently thinks we have had enough of the sensation d lately, and during the week The Wife's Secret has been the coief feature. Mr H. J. Clifford lias appeared to great advantage as the loving, but doubting, 'husband, Sir Walter. Mr Swanton, too, as the steward, Jabez Sneed, was good, and evidenced care and study. As the gay refugee cavalier, Lord Arden, Mr E. P. Reardon was very happy. Miss Travers evidently played Lidy Eveline feelingly; but if this laay would study the art of modulation it might, in a great measure, compensate for any lack of physical strength. Miss Reid was ranch too tame and formal as Maud ; but Miss Bessie Foote was cha-raeteristicly earnest and interesting as the page, Kcppel. A grand amateur performance took place on Wednesday. PniLic Hall. Those ever-welcome and talented artistes Mr and Mrs Howard Paul spent a night here on Tuesday, and had a full house. I.osdok Temperance Mdsic Hall. (Proprietor, Mr W. Jefferyo.) Tne con.panv at this Hall during the past week has comprised the renowned Spanish troupe of male and female acrobats (five in number), Messrs Murray and Lamb (comic duettists and dancers), W. H. Forrester (comic vocalist), and Miss Constance (characteristic vocalist and skipping rope dancer). EOTHEEHAM. Effixciiam Concert Hall. (S. Lister, Proprietor.) On Monday, November 20th, Mr Sam Brooklyn made his second appearance at this II ill, and received a hearty welcome. Miss Ada May (serio-comic), Mr limy Sinclair (baritone), and Miss Minnie Wade (vocalist and pianist), are also well received. Clarence Coxcert Hall. The company here comprises Miss Emilie Douglass (sentimental), Miss Emma Fowler (serio-comic and characteristic), and Miss Annie Bingham (sentimental and pianist). Alexakdra Music Hall akd Theatre de Varieties. (Proprietor, Mr Sam Sweeney.) There is an entire new company at this Hall since our last notice. Messrs Metz, Redmond, and Mrs Metz are well received in their burlesque operas. Messrs Langan and Millicent in their comic sketches literally bring down the house. Pai Feeney ranks high as an Iri9li vocalist and dancer. J. Low is very successful as a buffo and motto singer. Madame Cerito (transformation dancer) and Puttie Rosa (characteristic) make up a capital company. Business good. SHEFFIELD. Theatre Royal. (Lessee, Mr William Gomersal.) The excellent performances of Mr Younge's comedy company huve;met with deserved success. The home has been crowded nightly during the past fortnight, and the acting of Mr Craven Robertson and Miss Brunton h.is been especially appreciated. Caste, School, and Ours have been pro-dueed in a style creditable to the establishment, and we are pleased to observe that the public have responded liberally. ALtxisnRA Opera House. (Proprietor, Mr Thomas Youdan.l Mr Mor.iii.er Murdoch has reappeared on the boards of this establishment, the Management having produced his highly sensational drama A Flash o Lightning with satisfactory results. The acting of the drama throughout is excellent, Messrs Mortimer Murdoch, as Jack Itjver ; Oliver Cromwell, as Skiffley ; Auguste Creamer, as Fred. Ctmimcey; Harold White, asPatsey; George Wray, as Garry Fallon; and Miss Booth, as Bessie Hartland, being particularly deseiving of mention. Mr Henry Loydnll has made himse.f an immense favourite with the Alexandra audiences by his dashing style and clear delivery. Ibis week Mr Loytlall has sustained the title role in his own drama of 'Inter, the Welch Finder, and has been ably supported by Messrs Auguste Creamer, George Wray, Harold White, Walton Gordon, and Misses Booth, Wray, aud Summers. A strong bill was issued for 1'iiilaj-, being the benefit of Mr Harold White, the favourite low c 'median, Loxdox Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr W. Cooper.) Mr Harry Aldndge (comic), a great favourite in Sheffield, appeared here on Mon-dav, and received a warm welcome, having to appear four times each tui'n. Miss Lottie Boyens (serio-comic) and Mr Fred. Merson (comic) yieiied the same evening, receiving well-merited apolause. Marriott's ouir Troupe ot Negro comedians and dancers are still in the ascendant. Pavilion- Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr T. Jackson.) This well-'requenuM place of amusement is doing well. The new arrivals arc "rs F. K. Phillips (serio-comic), Mr Charles Burton (transformation dancer). Messrs Townshend and Graham (Negro comedians), Miss wtlu Carlyle (characteristic), and Mr W. Young comique). ti-Fi-R-DK-Lis Music Hall. (Proprietress, Mrs E. Parsonage.) J. G. Lawrence (comic) opened on Monday, and had a good reception. " Alhajikra Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr E. J. Gascoigne.) Miss jyue fiiitou (the female Irishman) made her first appearance at this . laiJ an Monday, and lias met with success. Mr Edwin Forrest (comic), j" Hie song of The Chap that married Hannah" and other ditiios of e old school, had it most enthusiastic reception, which was also corded to Miss Agnes Howard (serio-comic) and the Sisters Bonehill Mr T. Turner.) The u'wie impersonators and serio-cOTWtM&s). yLB iANKAnn Mt-stp Hin Pennriptor. v,?1!'5' cnsaged here is a strong one, and comprises the names cf wncmo (contortionist and juggler on the slack wire), El Nino Hume , raost extraordinary and youthful wire performer), Miss Hume wno-comic), Messrs Pritchard and Blampbiu (a pair of very amusing mencan comedians), Miss F. Smith (soprano), Mr W. Smith (tenor), iu 5, Xi;rt'il anl Mr J. Smith (comic duettists and dancers), and Mr "'" r'C.vd (the well-known transformation dancer). Mr Fred. Bur-'on sun retail nis position as music il direotor. SHERBORNE (Dorset ttJm'N Hall. On Friday last Messrs. Bruce and Verne gave one of r oniusinH entertainments before a large and appreciative audience, tho 8ent'emen are very efficient in their respective representations, and "se Present gave vent to pent-up enthusiasm in a flattering manner. SHREWSBURY. tliSEATBK Royal. Mr Henry Haigh'a Opera Company completed air successful engagement here on Saturday last. The programme for ' ' r'Riamder of the week included the operas of la Sonnambnla and Martha, in which the representations were very effective, and met with their due appreciation. We have no announcements at present, and the Theatre and Music Hall are closed, SOUTHAMPTON. Theatre Royal. (Sole Lessee and Manager, Mr J. W. Gordon.) Friday, the 17th, was another grand " bespeak night," the entertainments being under tho patronage of the principal gentry of the town. Aew Men ami Old Acres, the Sisters Gunuiss and Troupe, in their ballet The Bridal of Beauty, and Your Life's in Danger, constituted the programme. On Saturday the domestic drama of Bessie Ytre; or, the Return of the Wanderer, gave Mr Charles Reeve, a very carefui;and painstaking young actor, a good opportunity of displaying his talents as Jacob Thome. On Monday Mr Edward Bell mado his debut here as Claude Melnotte, iu The Lady of Lyons. He was ably supported by Miss Margaret Eburne as Pauline. Miss Jane Baber was a most efficient Madame Deschappelles. Beauseant and Colonel Damas were well sustained by Messrs C. Reeve and J. S. Wood. Mr A. Stilt, M. Deschappelles ; Mr A. H. Richmond, Glavis; Miss Minnie Barrier, the Widow Melnotte, and all concerned acquitted themselves well. In the farce My Preserver Mi-Frank Seymour as Bilbery kept the house in roars of laughter, The new ballet The Water Lilies has been done this week. The dramas of Lady Audley's Secret, and Plot and Passion, with the farces Done on Both Sides and Dearest Mamma, have also been produced. Gokdoh's Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr J. W. Gordon,) Tho Sisters Tudor had an immense reception on their opening night. The Zamezou Troupe of male and female acrobats give a finished performance. Saphrini is nightly greeted with loud applause in his female impersonations. Miss E, Bower, Mr Fielding ana Miss Johnson, and the Gunniss Troupe are still here. Business very good. SOUTHPORT. Adams's late Circus. It was erroneously stated in our last that the Sedgwick Brothers and Le Barre, of the above-named establishment, received as presentations gold medals. Such was not the case, they being presented with gold locket, seals, set with sardonyx and bloodstone. SOUTH SHIELDS. Theatre Royal. (Lessee, Mr Goddard WhyatD On Monday the drama of Quarry Dell was performed here. Miss Emma Saville appeared as Nelly, and sang the ballad " I've watched this little flower." Mr C. Hall represented Squire Strangeways, Mr W. Tees was Ned Ranston, Mr Phillimore was Crawley, and Mr Waddon was Pilcher. The drama was well played, and at tho finish the leading artists were called before the curtain. The entertainments concluded with the burlesque o IVic Field of the Cloth of Gold, which was well placed upon the stage, and the acting of the several artists was fully up to the mark. Miss Emma Saville sang songs with local allusions, and was frequently encored. Alftahbra Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr S. B. Siddall.) On Monday night some fresh arrivals appeared here, and gave an excellent entertainment to a well-filled Hall. The company at present engaged are the Brothers A'Milton, gymnasts ; Mons. St. George, pedestal dancer ; Mr Ted Saunders, vocalist ; Mr Fred Alberts, boot dancer, in conjunction with Mr Wood, Negro artiste; Mr Joe Bashall aud Miss LydiaFrazer, duettists ; and Miss Jenny Honeyman, vocalist. SPENNYMOOR (Durham). Cambridge Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr G. L. Watson.) There has been an entire change at this Hall this week, the following (all new to Spennymoor) lurving made their appearance : Dusoni's Star Troupe of acrobats (five in number), by far the best we have ever seen ; Messrs Kendall and M'Natty (two clever burlesque duettists), and Miss Lottie Adams (serio-comic vocalist and skipping-rope dancer). STALYBEIDGE. People's Cosoert Hall. (Manager, Mr G. F. Charles.) Novelty continues to be a leading feature in this Ilall, and the present company is undoubtedly an excellent one. Professor Johnson, the African Hercules, exhibits some daring performances on the aerial trapeze; and Miss Jenny Benjamin and Mr J. B. Sinclair are very successful in their comic duets. Mr Harry Beresford, comedian and vocalist, also meets with a good reception ; and Sailor Hughes, the popular nautical baritone, is nightly received with applause. Owing, however, to a slight falling off in the attendance, the Hall is now closed on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Public entertainments of this description are a novelty hero, and it will take some time before they will become thoroughly popular. ST. HELEN'S. New Music Halt., The company here are as follows : Messrs. Charchill and Crabtree and Young Pete, Mr W. Sherrat (Irish comic), Miss Perry (serio-comic), and Mr and Mrs Con (Irish duettists), who are good in their business. STOCKPORT. Theatre Koyal. (Proprietor, Mr J. Barrett.) Die Soldier's Progress was performed on Saturday last and on Monday. Miss Dale's impersonation of Margaret Catchpole iu the play o that name was excellent. Mr II. Barfoot as Gooseberry Nip, and Miss Thirlwall as Sally, were also good. The comedy of Not so Bad after All, with the farce of Tlie Captain's Not A-mlss, occupied the boards on Wednesday ond Thursday. People's Concert Hall. (Proprietor, Mr W. Revill.) We have to report the great success of Miss Annie Anderson (characteristic vocalist aud clogdancer) and Valentine Vose (ventriloquist). The Ricardo troupe have taken immensely in their entertainment entitled The Jumpers of Pekin. Mr Charles M'Carthy (buffo vocalist) is also appreciated. STOCKTON-ON-TEES. Kew Theatre Royal. (Manager, Mr G. 11. Chaplin.) On Monday, after an absence of some months, Mr S. Vnughan reappeared here, and played the Gipsy King, in the drama of. that name, and met with a brilliant reception, the Qipsy King was repeated on Tuesday and Wednesday to good houses. Mr O. English creditably enacted De Brianconrt, Mr M. Hastings was St, Maur, and MrF. Collings, Manleon. Justin (Mr M'Pherson) kept; the andience merry throughout the piece. Caraxo, a gipsy youth, was well represented by Miss C. Ashe. Marguerite, Angelique, and Clotilda were well represented by Misses Arden, Thornecroft, and Brown. Mr Harry Windley (comedian and vocalist), engaged for six nights, sang some good comic songs, and was well received as Sam Sloeleaf, in the farce of Sarah's Young Man, which conoluded the performances on Monday and Wednesday, The Happy Man terminating on Tuesday. A new ballet, arranged by Miss Polly Kane, and prettily gone through by the members of the corps de ballet, was danced each evening. .,., , , Oxford Music Hall. (Proprietor, Mr J. W. Spence.) Mdlle Bibb (operatic domseusc), who is very good, Mr S. Stevens (comic vocalist, Sc.), Mr and Mrs Tom Arnold (duettists, &c), are the new arrivals here this week. Miss Kate Hornby (ballad vocalist) is taking well. A grand selection, arranged by Mr T. Heaton, from Offenbach's opera The Princess of Trebizonde, played each evening by the band, is well received. , ... Borough Hall. Suring the week Jolly John Nash, accompanied by Mr and Mrs George Ware, Mr Plumpton, and others, have given a series of entertainments in this Hall. The vocal part of the programme was much applauded. Their diorama of Sir Roger Tichborne's adventures in Australia was very amnsing. , Wombwell's (No. 1) Menaserie has visited this town during the week. STOKESLEY (Yorkshire). Tows Hall. On Tuesday the Stokesley Amateur Musical Society gave a concert of vocal and instrumental music, in the Town Hall, which was well attended. Miss Pilkington, soprano, who is a good singer, and possesses a sweet voice; and Mr Johu Hart, "the Cleveland Tenor, were engage 1. Miss Winter presided at the piano. The band performed their pieces very lair, and a cornet solo by Mr A. Sawkill was a creditable performance. ...,. SWANSEA. Theatre Royal. (Director, Mr George Melville.) Miss Emily Thome has been re-engaged to sustain the character of Susan Williams in tho sensational drama Forsaken. The piece has been " got up ' in a manner highly creditable to Manager, scenic artist, and machinist. The great Saw Mills scene was the best "set" ever attempted within the walls of this Theatre. The following is the complete cast: Mr Granger, MrStretton; Philip Melford, Mr A. C. Cowper; Joe Mugbie, Mr Fred. Hart- the Waif, Mr Lewis Sinclair; Reginald Laxbourne, Mr G. P. Brait'hwaite; Philip, Miss Alice Brindsley; Bill Jenkins, Mr A. Emm; Mabel Miss A. Bentley ; Polly Bright, Miss Susan Montague ; and Susan Williams, Miss Emily Thorne. Every character was sustained with ability, and the production was entirely successful. The evergreen burlesque Black-Eyed See-u-san, with Miss Thorne as Susan, Miss Brindsley as William, Mr Fred. Hart, Captain Crosstree, and Mr A. Einm as Dame Hatley terminate the proceedings. Miss Thorne took her benefit oil Friday, 17th inst, under the patronage of his Worship the Mayor, John aMu '.'-(Lessee, Mr G. A. H. Potter.)-The English Lyric Opera and Burlesque Company commenced a short season on Inday, 17th under the management of Mr Lacey Collins. The company comprises the following -.-Mise Ella Collins (prima donna), Miss Clara. Lacey, Miss M. Holloway, Miss Ada Carella, Miss S. Mayer Mr Charles Serrone (tenor), Mr J. Melville, Mr C. M. Blythe (bass), Mr H. Harris, Mr J Poole Mr Francis Millar, Mr Anderson, Mr Dixon, and Mr Lacey Collins On Friday was performed II Tromtore, on Saturday Martha, and on'Mondav 27ie Bohemian Girl, concluding each evening with a burlesque. The performances have given entire satisfaction, but the business has been ruinously bad. ...,. , , . Amphitheatre. (Proprietor, Mr H. A. Price.) This popular place of amusement was reopened on Monday last by Mr J. F. Collins, for the usual annual equestrian season, with a combination of talent, including the principal artistes late of Messrs Bell and Hutchinson's United States Hinnodrome. The following performers appear this week .-Miss Carry Bell, Miss Powell, the Brothers Kottmidt, the Youthful Alvini, Mr Powell, Mr Richard Bell, the Brothers Levini, Miss Rose Bell, Herr Renniff, Mr Augustus Bell, aud a few very good Clowns, viz., De Alvini, Frank Jennings, and Harry Hemmiugs." TORQUAY. Royal Assembly Rooms. (T. R. Matthews, Proprietor.) The Royalty company are still here, and meet with the applause their taleut so well merits. The burlesque of Lucia di Lammermoor has been performed all the week, and is still on the bills. On Friday, 17th, the Tyrolese singers gave their novel and pleasing concert to a crowded audience. TREDEGAR (South Wales). Temperance Hall. (Managers, Morrish aud Pbdiips.) On Thursday, 16th inst., Mr Harry Diston paid us a visit. Although it was his first appearance in this town his fame as a humorist had preceded him, and there was an overflowing attendanoe. TUNSTALL. People's Concert Hall, Three Harrows, (Proprietress, Mrs E. Dean.) This Hall is well patronised. This week the following artists have appeared: Mr and Mrs Tom Everard (burlesque actors and duettists), who have met with a warm reception. They are good vocalists and actors, and their pieces are well written. Mons. Luveno (the man-serpent), Miss Annie Levi (serio-comic and dancer), M, Louis and Madame Marion (duettists and dancers), aud Mr Walter Stewart (pianist). UXBRIDGE. Tbeatrf. Royal. (Manager, Mr J. Russell.) On Monday, the last ni-ht of the season, the performance was for the benefit of Mr J . Russell, when a full house testified their appreciation of his efforts during the time he has been Manager. A new version of Jack Slieppard was the first piece produced ; followed by an interlude, during which a clever little girl, who rejoices in the well-known name of Smith, ma le her debut as singer and d incer, giving greit promise. Master F. and Miss L. Russell then appeared in their sketch High and Low Life, and were heartily encored. The whole concluded with Keep in Your Own Place, in which Mr and Mrs Russell and Mr Fred. Mitchell caused much laughter. Belmont Hall. Professor Oliver (magician) performed here on Wednesday evening (15th) to a small audience. Pubic Rooms. Miss Elizibeih Newman, of Hanover-square Rooms, gave a reading, under the auspices of "The Mental Recreation Society," on Thursdnv evening (16th), and though the lady resided in the town for many yea'rs she had but a small audience, yet her abilities are sufficient to draw well elsewhere. WARRINGTON. Theatre Royal. Closed, Public Hall. On Thurday (ICth) Mr Sherriilan had a great house, under the patronage of the Mayor (Joseph Davies, Esq.) The pieces given were Tobin's comedy of Ihe Honeymoon, and the Mayor's comedy of Our Town; or, ihe First of November. The Sonepnoon was thoroughly enjoyed by the large audience, and applause was liberally bestowed. Mr Lerigo was a splendid Duke Aranza ; Mr Sherridan the Mock Duke ; Mr Antonie capital as the rustic servant ; Miss Homer, always clever, represented the herouie with great spirit ; and Mrs Ennis Lawson and Miss Lizzie Williams filled the remaining lady characters most satisfactorily. The concluding piece was exceedingly well played. Lerigo as Lushy Frank, the drunken shoemaker, was capital ; Mr Sherridan played Twaddles, the hen-pecked husband, in his most humorous manner ; and Mr Marshall as Micky Doyle, with thorough Irish brogue, acted the character to the life. Miss Romer was a good Mrs Twaddles, and the remaining characters wore well sustained by Messrs Campbell and Antonie, and Mesdames Lawson, Williams, and Robberds. WEST HARTLEPOOL. New Theatre of Varieties. (Proprietor, Mr John Batist.) We have morn than once had occasion to speak in high praise of the able manner in which this elegant place of amusement is being conducted by Mr T. Maclagan (the Manager), and if anything were wanting in confirmation of that praise, the present week's programme would surely supply the desideratum. This week, whilst such artists as Mr M. P. Foster (the celebrated stump orator and vocalist), Miss Hilton (violinist), and Miss Lizzie Pearce (serio-comic) occupy conspicuous places upon the programme, Mr Henri Clark (the comic vocalist) stands at its head. Those humorous ditties " Come to Peckham-ryo," "Down among the coals," and " The Mad Butcher," for the singing of which Mr Clark has made himself a name, have been given by him during the week with immense success. The remainder of the programme is made up by Maclagan himself, whose merry entertainment is always welcome to the audience; Mr and Mrs Dale Butler (duettists), and a highly interesting series of dioramic views by Professor Jourdain, representing scenes in the late Franco-Prussian War. Victoria Concert Hall. (Proprietor, W. II. Wright.) This week brings almost an entire change of company. T. Elbin and troupe (four in number, acrobats) give some pleasant and talented performances. Mons R. Martini's entertainment is wonderful and clever, and reeeives well-deserved applause. Mr Henri de Melvin (female impersonator) is very clever. Miss Bella Moore (serio-comic), Messrs Cobb and Brown (Negroes), are good. Mr and Mrs Fred Lee and Ella Lee (duettists) continue to please by their clever acting. WESTON-SUPER-MARE. Assembly Rooms. Miss Emma Stanley gave her excellent entertainment, The Seven Ages of Women, at the above rooms on Monday, to the evident gratification of an appreciative audience. The accomplished artist admirably portrayed the various characters in the programme, and played and sang in that thoroughly finished stylo which has rendered her performances so attractive. WHITEHAVEN. Theatre Royal. Jessie Brown, Ben Bolt, Raymond and Agnes, Dred, Kathleen Mavourmen, Ingomar, and The Honeymoon have been produced since our last notice, with varied success. Monday saw the reappearance of Mr M'Fadyen, the respected Lessee, when a very large and respectable audience assembled to witness his excellent impersonation of Hamlet, which was everything that could be desired. On Tuesday we had Macbeth, and Wednesday Othello, with Mr M'Fadyen in the leading roles. Saturday Evening Entertainments. Another of these now popular entertainments was given on Saturday in the new Temperance Hall, the principal attraction on the programme being the sweet little Irish song of " Kate O'Brien," by Mr John Bird, which was rendered in excellent style. WIGAN. Theatre Royal. (Proprietor, Mr J. P. Weston.) On Monday this Theatre reopened, and that and the following evening were set apart for Mr Weston's complimentary benefit. Mr Weston's new drama, The State Courier, was produced on Monday. Mr Weston played the part of Baudin, a courier, and was rapturously applauded, and called before curtain at the finish. He was ably supported by his company. Miss R. Thome (a3 Luise) met with unbounded applause. On Tuesday The Gamester was performed, with Mr Weston as Mr Beverley; MrBritton, Stukeley; and Miss R. Thorne, Mrs Beverley. The pieces have been repeated during the week. WINDSOR. Theatre Royal. The Eton Old Porny's Dramatic Society occupied the boards on Monday for the benefit of Toby Tennant, late of the Sheffield Theatre Royal, and for thirty-six years property man at this Theatre. There was a very large audience. The performances, under the patronage and presence of Mr Richardson Gardner, commenced with the farce of Mr and Mrs While. Mr E. Taylor, as Mr White, kept the andience" in continual merriment by his dancing with Mrs White (Miss 0. Goward). The Major Pepper of Mr R. Gardiner was a capital piece of acting. Mr H. Crichton, as Frank Brown, was painstaking. The appearance of Master Peter (aged six weeks) was greeted with roarB of laughter. The drama chosen was Time Tries All. The acting did credit to the Society. Mr J. Wansell was quite at home as Mr LeeBon. The Mathew Bates of Mr E. H. Lewis drew down well-merited applause. Mr Hyde and Mr Crichton, as Arthur Clinton and the Hon. Augustus Yawn, were capital. Mr H. Taylor, as Tom Tact, and Miss O. Goward, as Fanny Fact, created much merriment. Mr New was amusing as John. Miss Laura Hastings deserves praise for the manner in which she acted Laura Leeson. After the drama Mr E. Taylor amused the audience with "Down among the Coals" and "I've got his Number." The performances concluded with the farce To Paris and Back for Five Pounds. Mr R. J. Kingston, as Snozzlo, kept the audience in constant laughier. Mr Gardiner, as Mr Spriggins, was efficient. The benekciaire on his appearance was loudly applauded, aud played the small part of the Telegraph Clerk very well. Messrs T. Mayne, W. Wansell, C. Wilkins, H. Taylor, W. Mayne, and J, New ably sustained the parts allotted to them. The band of the 5th Bucks Volunteers marched from Slough, and greatly enlivened the evening's amusements. WISHAW. The Theatre opened on Friday (17th), under the management of Mr J. Dnckinfleld, and has been well attended. The company is the best that we have seen here for some years past. Among the pieces performed we may name Ingomar and The Bride of Lammermoor. In the last-nomed Mr Beaumont Hughes appeared to great advantage as Edgar Ravons-wood. Mrs Needham played Lucy Ashton in a pleasing manner, and was well received. Mr F. E. Young as Caleb Balderston showed much quaint humour and deep feeling. Miss Ross as Mysie was the true type of tho old Scotch dame. Mrs Young as Lady Ashton was all we could desire. The rest of the parts were sustained by Messrs Needham, Clare, Ashmall, and Miss Maggie Young, who played Master Henry Ashton with much spirit. WOOLWICH. The Tiif.atrr. (Manager, Mr Charles Bishop.) On Saturday last Ihe above Theatre was crowded, the chief attraction being the engagement of Mr C. A. Clarke, an old favourite, who appeared in his drama of The Duke's Motto; or, the Dea'h Legacy, supported by Messrs G. Forest, W. Hambleton, F. Clarke, G. W. Murray, C. Bishop j Miss Annie Stanton, Miss Marie D'Alvera, Miss Annie Hamhleton, Miss Forest, and Miss Lilian Musgrave. The drama was exceedingly well played, and the piineipal parts received a call. During the week has been performed the burlesque of Magic Toys and a concert. WORCESTER. Theatre Royal. Mr Henry Haigh's English Opera Company opened here on Monday, and the attendance throughout the week has been encouraging. On Monday The Rose of C'aslille was produced : Don Manuel, a Muleteer, Mr Henry Haigh ; Don Pedro, Mr Hadyn Corri; Don Sallust, Mr J. Grantham ; Don Fiorio, Mr Dunthorne ; Pablo, Mr Dixon; Elvira, the Rose of Castille, Madame Haigh-Dyer; Donna Carman, Miss Teresa Greenway. The piece was received with acclamation. The orchestra is efficient under the conductorship of Mr Geo. Prestwich. Tho principals are supported by a powerful company. The evening's entertainments concluded wlth.the screaming farce of My Precious Betsy, which kept the audience in roars of laughter : Mr Bobtail, Mr Dunthorne; Mr Wagtail, Mr Grantham ; Mr Langford, Mr Potter ; Mrs Bob-tiil, Miss Whitnali; Mrs Wagtail, Miss Millar ; Nancy, Miss Lindon. On Tuesday the opera of Maritana, with Whitebait at Greenwich, were performed, and on Wednesday Lucia di Lammermoor, concluding with the laughable vaudeville of The Loan of a Lover.. Concert Hall. (Proprietor, Mr John Hill.) Miss Annie Lawrence (an excellent serio-comic vocalist) and Mr Ernest Theldon (a first-class tenor vocalist) put in first appearances on Monday. The great grotesques and acrobats, the Brothers Pannoll, have again been well received, and the performances of their wonderful dogs are exciting and marvellous. Marquis Daniels and Lieutenant Nip have completely brought the house down, Their engagement has been an immense success; Mr Louis Richards, the favourite baritone, still maintains his high position. Business satisfactory. YORK. Theatre Royal (Lessee, Mr John Coleman.) The Little Nelly and Lost Fm'ly company still hold possession here, and are moderately patronised. On Friday, 17th inst., Mibs Virginia Blackwood took " her benefit, and on Friday, 24th inst., the proceeds were tii be devoted to the benefit of the sufferers from the late fire in Chicago. The Octagon Theatre, Bittii. The licence .for this Theatre has at length been granted to Mr Richard Fynes. Mr Fynes, it will be remembered, made two prior applications, which proved unsuccessful by reason of the difficulty in getting together the requisite number of Magistrates. The Theatre, it appears, lias been well conducted hitherto; the Lessee has gone to considerable expense in furnishing and decorating the establishment ; a good entertainment is provided ; and we trust that, in the patronage cf a liberal public, Mr Fynes will find some solace and compensation for the trouble and outlay incurred by the neglect of Magistrates who failed to be at their posts when duty called. Novel System of Advertising. The grand desideratum, a new mode of advertising, has been invented and patented by Mr D. B. Hughes, the well-known scenic artist, and is nightly exhibited in the princlnal street in Birmingham, near the Theatre Royal. The advertisements' are thrown on a blank wall in a disc of light about twenty-five feet in diameter, and follow each other in rapid succession, to the great delight of hundreds who congregate to witness the display. The MAYOR of WARRINSTON as a Dramatic Author. " A Novelty." It is not often we find a Mayor displaying his talents as a dramatic author, and therefore we head this paragraph "A Novelty." It will be seen from onr Provincial news for Warrington that snch an occurrence has taken place. The present Mayor, Joseph Davies, Esq., has written a comedy entitled Our Town; or, the First of November. It was produced for the second time last week, under the author's immediate patronage and presence, by Mr. Sheridan's company. The following is the plot; Tho first act opens with Lushy Franks (Mr Charles Lerigo) a shoemaker, in his habitual state of inebriation, soliloquising upon the hard fate which kept him a poor cobbler, while his old schoolfellow, Tawddle, a grocer (Mr B. Sheridan), had so far made his way in the world as to become a candidate for the Town Council. He concludes, however, with the proverbial philosophy of the sot, that " Luck is always ageu him." At this stage enters Micky Doyle (Mr Marshall), an Irish adventurer, who is palming himself on the town as a " thrue gintleman " from the Emerald Isle, and he has so far succeeded in instilling an idea of his importance and influence with the burgesses into the mind of Mr Twaddle as to get himself employed as that gentleman's election agent. The object of his visit to Lushy Franks is of course to solicit his " vote and interest " on behalf of Twaddle, and he very plainly intimates that if the unfortunate shoemaker, who is behind with his rent, has any qualms of conscience as to the best candidate, they will be soon set at rest by a liberal use of the screw in that direction. The disciplo of St. Crispin, however, has no very decided opinions, except perhaps on the subject of beer, and he does not want much persuasion to regale himself at Twaddle's committee room with that good ale which is his .soul's delight. Incidentally, during the interview, enters Sarah Franks (Miss Kate Robberds), an interesting girl of a marriageable age, who is evidently much chagrined at her father's abject and humiliating position. The next scene is undoubtedly the best in the play, and possesses in no small degree the farcical "elements which are always sure to provoke a laugh. Micky Doyle visits the house of his patron, and first ingratiates himself into the stood graces of Mrs Twaddle, (Miss E. Romer). That lady is an apt representative of the strong-minded female. She upbraids her husband for his want of ambition, reproves his grovelling preference for a humble place behind the counter to a dignified public career as a Town Councillor, and excites his jealousy by depicting in glowing colours the contempt with which Poplin (the rival candidate for municipal honours) and his wife will look down on Mr and Mrs Twaddle. I( her husband can only-beat Poplin at the election, and Mrs Twaddle can but mortify Mrs Poplin, the very submit of her ambition will be attained. The lady, however, like all the daughters of Eve, has her weak side, and the artful Micky Doyle is not long in finding it out. Flattery, of course, is the weapon to which she is most vulnerable, and Micky Doyle, like every " thrue Irish gintleman," is an adept at its use. It is not long before Micky and Mrs Twaddle are on such perfectly confidential terras that he easily obtains from her the loan of a cansiderablo snm of money, on the promise of securing the election of her talented husband. Micky next sees Twaddle himself, and is not long before, by dint of expatiating on the glories of a Town Councillor, and working upon his jealousy of his rival Poplin, he extracts from his dupe some G0 for election expenses. It must not be imagined, however, that Twaddle is a very generous individual. The money is' only extorted from him in solitary five pounds notes, and each successive dole produces as much contortion on his countenance as a twinge of rheumatic gout. The lugubrious tone in which he frequently utters " It's a deal of money though " is sufficient evidence that the operation of "bleeding" is anything but a pleasant one to the patient. At last, however, Micky has drained his victim dry, and takes his departure. Mr Twaddle, inflated with new dignity, which he looks upon as certain to come, tries his hand, or rather his arms and tongue, at a little private amateur oratory, which is chiefly characterised by the florid rhetoric of a first attempt, and a good deal of gymnastic exercise with his arms and fists, which must have made them ache. The reader has now an insight into ttio principal characters of the comedy, and we may pass over the other scenes with a very brief summary. Lushy Frank's luck is still against him, and ho would have been sold out by the brokers but for the generous interference ot a young Irishman whom he had once befriended, and who now shows his gratitude by paying the shoe-maker's debts, for which he is rewarded with the hand of his daughter Sarah. Subsequently the "Lushy" one is made happy by a legacy ol 1,000 left him by an old officer, whoso life he had saved while serving as a soldier in his youth. Poor Twaddle ioses his election, and another good scene occurs, in which he discovers that not only himself but his spouse have fallen victims to the cunning of Micky Doyle. That !' gintleman " meets with his reward, for at last he Is arrested for bigamy and marched off in the custody of a detective. The comedy concludes with the enunciation ot a firm determination on the part of Twaddle to stick to his trade and never more to meddle with electioneering matters or have any dealings with "foreign " agents. Such is a brief outline of Our Town ; or, the First of November, written from memory. As a whole the play was well put upon tho stage. Lushy Franks was in a perpetual state of intoxication, but the way in which he knocked down everybody and everything, and tumbled about himself, was much too energetic for a drunken man, and it probably struck most people that the part was overdone. The palm was undoubtedly to be assigned to Mr. B. Sneridan, as Twaddle, who acted the part with much dry humour. He formed a just conception of the character and carried it out without undue exaggeration. Miss E. Romer as Mrs. Twaddle, came well up to the acting of the hero, and her vivacious attempts to talk lady-like, and to spur on her husband to deeds of fame, elicited frequent bursts of laughter. Of Mr. Marshall as Mickey Doyle, it is sufficient to state that lie not only well portrayed the cunning of tha scamp, hut the boisterous rollicking humour of an Irishman who wished to be thought jolly and a " thrue gintleman." The rest ot the characters may be learned from tha subjoined cast, aud we may conclude by remarking that the applause was frequent aud the interest unflagging: Twaddle (a Grocer) Mr B. Sheridan Lushy Franks (a Door Shoemaker).,... ..Mr Charles Lerigo Mr Fact (a Worthy Attorney) Mr Antokie Edward O'Brien (an Industrious Young Irishman). .Mr Campbell Micky Doyle (the " Genuine Irish Blackguard"). ..Mr Marshall Nipper , Mr Parke Two Bailiffs Messrs Joses and Williams Mrs Twaddle Miss 13. Romer Mrs O'Brien Mrs Lawson Sarah Franks Miss Kate Robberds Kathleeu Miss Lizzie Williams Mr. BARRY SULLIVAN in Liverpool. The unprecedented prosperity of Mr Barry Sullivan's engagement at the Amphitheatre continues, and iu all partsof the bouse the throng is very great. It is not unusual for pit and gallery to be taxed to their utmost dimensions during the, engagements of great actors who are but moderately attractive to what is called the box audience; and though Mr Barry Sullivan has always been well supported by the higher class of playgoers, even he has frequently fouud that the pit and gallery were by comparison bis best fiiends. During the present engagement, however, u great turn of the tide in favour of the highest form of dramatic entertainment has taken place, and not only have the pit and gallery nightly overflowed, but the boxes have several times afforded insufficient accommodation. It was probably this that suggested the removal of the petition at the b.ick of the boxes. Tho Theatre last night presented u novel appearance, as the alterations thus made bore testimony to the superlative attractiveness of Mr Sullivan's performances. The play last night was Macbeth, in which' Mr Sullivan may, without exaggeration, be said to hive reached the heights and plumbed the depths of the poet's cmceptions as success-fullyas any actor in the history of the stage. His Macbeth lives ami has its being in the very atmosphere whioa Shakespeare designed for it an atmosphere partly weird, partly dramatic, partly metaphysical. It is not uncommon for actors to give undue prominence to one or other of these elements. There have been Macbeths who were nothing Out psychological studies; there have also been Macbeths who were nothing but aelodrainatic heroes; ana there have been Macbeths who seemed to become almost disemhodied in sympathy with, t heir supernatural surroundings. The true Shakespearian reading is one inwtdcu all these aspects ol the character and situations are duly preserved and brought into a living whole. Mr Barry Sullivan's Macbeth, deserves this praise. It suggests no puzzles. The instinct of ambition, spurred and interpreted by uxorious confidence in his wife's aspirations and wrought up to high excitement by the supernatural appearances and tokens which attend his career, is throughout a suffuVcnt motive for the ond deeds of a man whom no compunctious visiiings ever stay from a deed of blood that is essential to his advancement, though his moral conrage fails him again and again in presence of the consequences of his acts. One need not he perplexed by the mental idiosynciasy which imagines or perceives and quails before the ghost of the b lood-boultered Banquo. Jn a play where midnight has are the heralds of fortune and true prophets of the history of royal generations there is nothing wonderful in the appearance of a phantom, and the finest mipcisoniUor of the Thane of Cawdor is the actor who, with a noble power of rendering the full force of each line and scene, abandons himself to the action, composed as it is of the conduct of this wilful and daring, yet easily cowed, half barbarian adventurer, who steps so speedily and deeply into guilt that it is soon more difficult for mm to return than to " goo'er." As the wretched man wades through the heavy torrent of crime which it is his doom to traverse, humanity begins to tell its pl.iintive tale of limited strength, of finite brain, and ol sensibi ities as prone as those of common men to suffering and mortification. And here especially the genius of Mr Sullivan appears in ail its fidelity to the story and the character. The growing stupor, checked from time to lime by spasms of resolution and desperation, makes a fine companion picture to the mournful decadence of Gloster on the eve or Bosvrorih; and tli'i grandeur of the closing struggle with Macduff is all the finer as a climax because Maebcth's proud defiance of the fate whose magical protec.ion has descried him is wrung from Ihe depths of a thoroughly exhausted spiiit and failing constitution. Mr Sullivan alwajs excels in ibis part by realising in ejeh scene, with overwhelming power, the aspect of the deepening tragedy as it changes under the influence of swiftly crowning events ; and there is no situation in the play of which he did not Ust night realise the full force and splendour. From the Uaiiy Post, November 11th, 1871. Madame Path's first appearance at Moscow was an immense success. She was recalled twenty times, and tha reoeipts for that one representation were 33,800f. Professional Relaxation. On Friday week Mr. J.Day, of the Crystal Palace Concert Hall, Birmingham, and Mr W. Randall, ihe celebrated comic vocalist, went to enjoy a day's angliug, when Mr Day fortunately hooked a pike upwards of three feet in length, and weighing 171b, which, with M r Randall's assistance, he succeeded in landing safely.
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