BUY A BILL OF THE PLAY.
THE doors of the London Theatres are surrounded each night, as soon as they open, with the criers of Play-bills. These are mostly women, who also carry baskets of fruit. The titles of the Play and Entertainment, and the name and character of every performer for the night, are found in the bills, which are printed at the expense of the Theatre, and sold by the hundred to the criers, who retail them at one penny the bill, unless fruit is bought, when, with the sale of half a dozen oranges, they will present their customer a bill of the play gratis.
Drury-lane Theatre. Part of the colonnade fronting to Russel-street, Covent-garden, with the door leading to the galleries of this superb Theatre, are seen in the Plate. There are also separate entrances to the pit and boxes under the same colonnade. On the west front of the Theatre is a very handsome entrance, through a vestibule with pillars, to the boxes only. In Russel-court is another hall, leading to the pit, boxes, and orchestra boxes: the stage-door is in Drury-lane. The paling seen on the right hand of the Plate is a temporary enclosure of some ground on the west front, where a large and elegant tavern is intended to be erected.