15 OCTOBER 1859, Page 20

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Love's Telegraph, one of the many pieces brought out at the Princess's Theatre before the days of Mr. Charles Kean, has been revived at the same house this week. Considered from an historical point of view, it is somewhat venerable, for although it is immediately taken from a French piece called Le Gant et Eventail, it is mediately derived from the Open Secret,-one of the most celebrated comedies of Calderon de la Berea. However, stories of court intrigues, even when ingeniously con- structed, seldom awaken a permanent interest in an English public, and there is no reason why Love's Telegraph should be an exception to the general rule. The elegant manner in which it is put upon the stage shows the taste of the manager,-and that is all. More hope may legitimately be based in the attempt to make Mr. H. Widdicomb con- spicuous in the eyes of a West-end audience. He comes from the Surrey, and the farce, in which he displays his oddities, and which is called the Two Polls, belongs to the worst school of transpontine trash ; but he is a genuine humorist, and the exaggerated force of his colouring may be accepted on the ground of his thorough originality.

On Monday next, Mr. W. Cooke purposes to reopen Astley's Amphi- theatre, with an equestrian play written on the subject of Garibaldi, by no less a person than Mr. Toni Taylor. Hippodrame is evidently assuming a literary character.