Our Actors and Actresses; The Dramatic List; Of Living Actors and Actresses of the British Stage

Our Actors and Actresses; The Dramatic List; Of Living Actors and Actresses of the British Stage

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...out his little nieed of praise, 'is not the only merit of this play; the meek sorrows and virtuous distress of Katlzarine have furnished some scenes which may be justly numbered among the greatest efforts of tragedy.' The return of Mrs. Charles Kean to the stage in the part of Queen Kat/zarine is one of the great features of this revival, and her delineation of the 'meek sorrows' and 'virtuous distress' is as refined and touching as possible. In her first scene (the council chamber), when she tries to damp the ill-feeling against the Duke of Buckingham, she conveys by her firmness, and, at the same time, by the mild tone of her remonstrance, that combination of a strong sense of rectitude with excessive mildness of disposition which makes the entirety of her character. The revival of the scene in the third act--omitted of late years--in which the Queen receives the visit of the two cardinals, is most judicious, as it gives the part a development which is generally missed. In the trial scene the wrongs of Katharine have so completely aroused the dignified element of her nature, that the gentle constituent is almost forgotten, and she must be followed to her own apartment in the palace, where she enjoys a comparative privacy, that the extentof her suffering may be appreciated. The revelation of sorrow is exquisitely made by Mrs. Charles Kean. The indignation against her visitors passes away, and the whole misery of her position rushes upon her at the words, ' I am the most unhappy woman living, ' with an intensity that could not be surpassed. The last scene is, of course, the most elaborate study of the whole; she has to indicate, by visible signs, the gradual but sure approach of death; and...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236947088
  • 9781236947086