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First-night notice in the London Sunday Times:

The admirable company is distinguished by the inclusion of a new tenor, Mr. Derek Oldham, whose pleasing presence and manner, acting capabilities, and exquisite voice delighted as much as those of any Marco I have seen and heard. The Duke of Mr Henry Lytton, the Don Alhambra of Mr. Leo Sheffield, and the Duchess of Miss Bertha Lewis are all in accord with the traditions of the parts, whilst Miss Elsie Griffin and Miss Nellie Briercliffe made a satisfactory pair of brides. The enthusiasm of the audience knew no bounds.


The Daily Telegraph:

'After four years of war and its attendant miseries, what does the British public care about an inconvenience so comparatively trifling as a mere railway strike? Certainly not enough to permit itself to be kept away from an event of such prime importance as the Gilbert and Sullivan revival at the Prince's Theatre, whither an enormous audience gravitated to welcome Mr D'Oyly Carte's excellent company on its first visit to Central London. It was a brilliant audience and it included not only many of the chief social, theatrical, and musical notabilities of the day, but also a number of those old Savoyards with whose names the Gilbert and Sullivan operas must always be irrevocably associated. Miss Jessie Bond, Miss Geraldine Ulmar, and Mr. Rutland Barrington all were there, and it surely must have been with a sense of the keenest gratification that they heard the lines that they used to speak and the tunes that they used to sing still setting an audience rocking with laughter and still receiving rapturous encores.


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