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The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 4, 1883; Issue 2341.
TYNE THEATRE. — Lessee, Mr. Richard W. Younge. — This popular theatre, after a short recess, was reopened for the regular season on Monday evening to a crowded and enthusiastic audience, who testified in the most demonstrative way their approval of the wonderful transformation effected during the four weeks that the theatre has been closed. When the theatre was lighted and the audience assembled, the tout ensemble was very fine, the artistic and lavish decoration of all parts of the theatre provoking unstinted praise.
The fairy opera by Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan entitled Iolanthe was presented for the first time in Newcastle, supported by Mr. D'Oyly Carte's No. 1 company, and received with considerable favour, the whole of the artists coming in for a hearty greeting. Mr. Frank Thornton's humorous rendering of the Lord Chancellor was heartily enjoyed. Mr. Walter Greyling as Lord Mountararat sang with taste; as also did Mr. Cadwaladr as Lord Tolloller, Mr. F. Federici as Strephon, and Mr. G. Marler as Private Willis. Miss Beatrix Young was a charming Iolanthe, and Miss Laura Clement a pleasing Phyllis. Miss Fanny Harrison sang with much effect and acted throughout in the most satisfactory manner as the Fairy Queen.
At the close of the first act the new act-drop was exhibited, and provoked enthusiastic applause, in response to which the painter, Mr William Glover, came to the footlights and bowed his acknowledgments. The subject is a view of the Silver Strand, Loch Katrine, treated in the artistic style which has made Mr. Glover famous as a painter of Scottish scenery. The lessee, Mr Younge, shortly afterwards stepped to the front, and met with such a reception as is only accorded on very rare occasions and to very popular favourites. The cheering lasted for nearly a minute, and on the subsidence of the applause Mr. Younge spoke as follows:–
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