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Doors to be opened at Half-past Six o'clock, and to begin at Half-past Seven precisely; no places can be kept after the End of the First Act.
Boxes, 5s.—Pit, 2s.—Gallery, Is.
Tiokets to be had, and Places in the Boxes to be taken, of Mr Phillips, at the
Theatre, from Eleven till Three.
Here is an interesting description of Mrs Siddons' farewell of the public, a short time after, at Covent Garden Theatre:—
" COVENT GARDEN THEATRE.
"This celebrated actress last night closed her pro­fessional career at this Theatre, in the part of ' Lady Macbeth,' for her own benefit. So early as three o'clock in the afternoon the people began to assemble about the pit and gallery doors, and at half-past four the pressure was so very great, that those who had attended early, in the hope of getting a good situation, were driven from the doors by the rush of those who were under the arches. Several persons who had attempted to get in, became overpowered by the heat, and in endeavouring to retrace their steps, created great confusion. So formidable was the crowd, not more than twenty ladies obtained places in the pit, and the house was crammed in every part. When Mrs Siddons made her appearance, she was received with the loudest acclamations. She appeared much affected,
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