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The Era (London, England), Saturday, March 8, 1884; Issue 2372.

THEATRE ROYAL. — Lessee, Mr. John Heslop. — Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company opened here on Monday night, before a crowded house with the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Iolanthe, this being the commencement of a tour, under Mr. Herbert Brook's direction, which promises to be highly successful.

The performance afforded much satisfaction to the audience, and in point of mounting and dresses the representation left nothing to be desired. Considerable interest was centred in the appearance of Miss Alice Barnett, the original Fairy Queen, whose stately presence and fine style gave the character its requisite prominence. Miss M. Grahame as Phyllis acted with much sprightliness and sang well, and Miss Haidee Crofton's well-known vocal ability and sympathetic manner gave an exceptional charm to her impersonation of Iolanthe.

Of the other parts Mr. James Sydney greatly distinguished himself as Lord Tolloller and Mr. W. T. Hemsley made an admirable Lord Mountararat. We did not care for the Lord Chancellor of Mr. John Wilkinson, but it may improve on acquaintance. Mr. H. D'Egville made a creditable appearance as Strephon, and the Sentry had an excellent representative in Mr. George Marler.

Mr. Arnold conducted.

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