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From The Era (London, England), Saturday, June 16, 1883; Issue 2334.

THEATRE ROYAL. — Proprietress, Mrs. H. Nye-Chart. At length Brightonians have had the opportunity of judging the merits of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's latest production. Iolanthe has in town enjoyed such high popularity that the advent of Mr. D'Oyly Carte's provincial company was eagerly looked for, and we have great pleasure in stating that the expectations of playgoers have in no wise been disappointed; indeed, we might go further, and say that the present company performing at Brighton is in every respect equal to the London original.

In Mr. Frank Thornton Mr. Grossmith has an able imitator, if not a rival; and Mr. Walter Greyling as the Earl of Mountararat is inimitable. Miss Fanny Harrison as Queen of the Fairies sings well and acts with great skill. As Iolanthe Miss Beatrix Young is the most perfect embodiment of a charming fairy. Mr. F. Federici, though a good actor, is a trifle too robust in style. The other characters were well sustained, notably that of Private Willis (Mr. George Marler); and the mounting of the piece reflects the greatest credit upon the management.


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