10 SEPTEMBER 1859, Page 20

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The Goose with the Golden Eggs, as Mr. Augustus Mayhew calls his very droll contribution to the repertory of the Strand Theatre, is a tale of plebeian roguery, which, although the scene is laid in London, re- minds one of some quaint old story connected with the history of Spanish or Italian craft. Turby, a law attorney, in consequence of a wager, owes a goose to Flickster, also an attorney, and even lower than him- self. Turby's aunt in the country sends Turby's daughter a goose, which being too " high " for eating, serves to pay Turby's debt, but it is no sooner out of Turby's hands than a letter is found declaring that notes to the value of 5001. are contained in its carcase. Hence Turby tries to get it back from Flickster, but Flickster has already bestowed it on some- body else, and begins a chase for its recovery, which ends in a rescue from a dustman's cart. The precious object is no sooner recovered than it is torn in half by the rival claimants, but the two moieties are alike valueless, for the 500/. arrive in an ordinary letter, the scheme of remittance by stuffing having been abandoned. This extremely comical story is strongly spiced with allusions, which, in spite of the improba- bility of the incidents, evince no slight knowledge of London life, and the fun is raised to the highest degree of potency by the grotesque humour of Messrs. J. Rogers and J. Clarke. The only theatres now open west of Temple Bar are the Haymarket and the Strand. Sadler's Wells reopens tonight with Romeo and Juliet.