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Title:Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene
Description:Scene from Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene at the Princess.
Theatre:Princess
Source:The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1858, p. 513
Review:The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1850, p. 513

PRINCESS'.

After "The Stranger," followed the pantomime, already announced, "Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogene"--a title implying an ambitious design, if not a poetical conception.  The legend is followed with good effect.  The quarrel between the fairies Fidelity and Infidelity is suggestive; and the scenic effect of moonlight melting into sunlight, and then of the landscape itself dissolving into another view, is eminently pleasing.  Thus brought into the presence of the Brave and the Fair, doomed soon to separate—he for the Holy Land, and she for her lonely bower—Imogene, however, as in the ballad, swears inviolable constancy; and, also as in the ballad, violates both her vow and constancy at once, being "dazzled" and "bewildered" by the gold and jewellery of an enormously wealthy baron.  Previous to the wedding, however, the faithless fair one hears of the death of her lover; but this circumstance not absolving her from her vow, conjures up terrors in her looking-glass.  Nevertheless, under the direction of Soyer, the nuptial festivities proceed.  At the hour of one, a stranger guest appears seated at the banquet, with his countenance concealed by his beaver.  He proves, of course, to be the ghost of Alonzo, come to claim or to reproach the lady.  He demands the fulfillment of her oath:—

If I be living, or if I be dead,
I swear by the Virgin, no one in your stead,
Shall the husband of Imogene be.

There is no chance either for the Baron or for her, and off she must have gone but for the interference of the fairies Affirmative and Negative, who decide upon giving the lovers another trial as Harlequin, Columbine, and Pantaloon (Mr. Cormack, Miss le Clercq, and Mr. Paulo); Mr. Flexmore being the Clown.  In all respects, the piece was well appointed and admirably represented.

We have engraved the beautiful moonlight scene.

 

The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1858, p. 513

 

 

The Illustrated London News, Dec 28, 1858, p. 514

 



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