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The Era (London, England), Saturday, May 12, 1883; Issue 2329.

THEATRE ROYAL — Lessee, Mr. E Romaine Callender. This week Mr. R. D'Oyly Carte's company is appearing in Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's new fairy opera Iolanthe.

Many of the artists have become familiar to Sheffield audiences through their appearance here in Pinafore, The Pirates, &c., notably Mr. Geo. Marler, Private Willis; Mr. F. Federici, Strephon; &c.

The opera is mounted in admirable style, and is attracting large audiences, who appear to be delighted with the quaint fancifulness of Mr. Gilbert's libretto and the undoubted beauty of the music. The dresses too are magnificent, and the lessee (Mr. Callender) is to be heartily congratulated on the manner in which he has done his part towards ensuring the success of the visit.

Miss Beatrix Young as Iolanthe, Miss Laura Clement as Phyllis, and Miss Fanny Harrison as the Fairy Queen, are all admirably suited for their respective parts, and Mr. Frank Thornton is winning golden opinions for his picture of the Lord Chancellor.

The opera is preceded each evening by Cups and Saucers.


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