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“ Feb'y 2, 1601, (2.)–At our feast we had a play called. Twelve night, “or What You Will,' much like the comedy of errors, or Menechmi of “ Plautus, but most like and neere to that in Italian, called Inganni."
We learn from this curious relic, that Shakspeare was supposed to have availed himself of an Italian drama founded on a novel of Bandello. It was the common practice of our great bard to borrow the plots on which he constructed his magnificent productions. But in his hands, these rude materials, like the unhewn block submitted to the chisel of the masterhand of the artist, became, by his skill and magic, instinct with life-like creations, losing almost entirely any traces of their original identity.
This Comedy still retains its place upon the stage, its varied character and poetic beauties rendering it one of the most effective of our poet's comic productions. Its last revival at the Park was peculiarly successful. Who can forget the Viola of Mrs. Kean, that exquisite embodiment of a faultless creation? The Malvolio, too, of Mr. Bass, deserves a place in the remembrance of every lover the acted drama : nor should we omit the rich fooling of Mr. Barrett, in Sir Andrew Ague-Cheek. Poor John Fisher's Sir Toby Belch was among the last of his performances, and, bating the absence of physical weight, it was an inimitable portraiture of the reckless, boisterous old debauchee. Mr. George Andrews completed this admi. rable cast, by giving great effect to the character of the Clown, and Mr. Charles Kean rendered the part of Orsino prominent by his scholar-like appreciation and beautiful delivery of the poetry ; while Olivia has seldom had a more lovely or lady-like representative, than was found in the person of Mra. Abbott
Covent Garden, 1825.
Mr. Charles Kean.
McDouall. Curio.. Robinson.
Spragne. S» Tyler Bach. 26 Bartley
" Fi-her. Sir Anliem Aguecheck.. " Blanchard
SCENE I.-The Sea-coast.
Eller Tma, Roberto, and two Sailors, L. U. E., carrying a
. And what should I do in Illyria ?
. It is pereliance that you yourself were saved. Tit. O may poor brother and so, perchance, may he be. Rob. True, madam ; and, to comfort you with chance, denre yourseli
, after our ship did split, When you, and that poor number saved with you,
s mn our driving boat, I saw your brother, Most provident in peril
, bind himself,
, like Arion on the dolphin's back,
l'n Minc own escape unfoldeth to my hope,
Rub. Ay, madam, well ; for I was bred and born
Pin. Who governs here?
As in his name.
" G. Barreit, Sebastian. " Mason,
Dyoti. Antonio. " Chapman.
“ Bellanıy. Nivolio..
" Bass. Clow,r. Fawcett.
G. Andrews. Fabian 66 Baker.
16 Galiott. S. Bentou. * Tinney.
* Heath. Pige.
so Abbott It"... .Mis Gibbs
COSTUMES. DUKE ORSINO.-Black velvet and golil jacket, full breeches, and cloak
lined with crimson silk of the Elizabethan lashion, black stockings, gold class, square-toed shoes with crimson rosettes, hat with white feathers,
jewels round neck, white linen cullar round neck. VALENTINE.-Similar dress, but white. ('URIO) AND OTHER LORDS.-Do., bat various colors. SIR TOBY.-Brown cloth coat picked out with black, brass buttons, large
boots, he: vy belt and sword, hat and black feather, and cloak. SIR ANDREW AGUE-CHEŁK.--Blue and white dress, with scarlet stock
inys, long flaxen hair. SEBASTIAN.-Deep amber tunie, with short sleeves; white body and pan
talons, trimmed with sky blue and black feathers. ANTONIO.--Dressed as Albanian sea captain. ROBERTG.-Blue doublet and tranky, trimmed with gold lace. FRIAR--Long black gown and hood, beads, sandals and fleshings. MALTOLIO.--White vest striped with black, black stockings and white
shoes, and cloak. CLOWN--As court fool. FABIAX.--Jacket and trunks of green, picked out with black. BIUST AND SECOND) OFFICERS.--Long black gowns, edged with d.).,
white wands, three-cornered hats, OLIVIA.-White satin cloak, black ornaments, demi-train, and black veil. MARIA.---White mu-lin dress, trimmed with black, black velvet jacket,
white stockings, black clouk and shoes, with small velvet cap. VOLA.-Modern Greek ladies' costune. Sccund Dress.--Sarve as Sebas.
tis LADIES' ATTENDANTS.-White muslin dresses, black veils.
EXITS AND ENTRANCES. R. means Right ; L. Left ; R. 1). Right Door"; L. D. Left Door ; S. E.
Second Entrance ; U. E. L'iter Intraut; N. D. Middle Doors
RELATIVE POSITIONS R. means Right; L. Left; C. L'entse ; R.C. Right Centre; L. C. Lift
Vie. Wuat is his name?
SCENE 1.- The Sea-coast.
Enter V10LA, ROBERTO, and two Sailors, L. V. E., carrying a
Vio. What country, friends, is this?
Vio. And what should I do in Illyria ?
Rob. It is perclrance that you yourself were saved.
Rob. True, madam : and, to comfort you with chance,
, bind himself,
Vio Mine own escape unfoldeth to my hope,
Rob. Ay, madam, well ; for I was bred and born
Mio. Who governs here?
Rob. I noble duke, in nature, As in his name.
Vio. What is bis name?
the sea ;
Vio. Orsino !-I have heard my father name him :
Rob. And so is now,
Vio. What is she ?
Rob. A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count
Vio. Oh, that I served that lady?
Rob. That were hard to compass ;
Vio. There is a fair behavior in thee, captain,
Rob. Be yon his page, and I your mute will be ;
[Exeunt, B. SCENE H.-A Room in the Duke Orsino's Palace. The Duke seated, attended by Curio and Gentlemen, discov
Duke. If music be the food of love, play on,
[Music. Stealing, and giving odors.-Enough ; no more ;
[Rises. 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before,
Cur. Will you go hunt, my lord ?
What, Curio ?
Duke. Why, so I do, the noblest that I have :
Enter VALENTINE, L.
Val. So please iny lord, I might not be admitted
Dukc. Oh, she that hath a heart of that fine frame,