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"E" ('Iolanthe No. 2) Company in Barrow-in-Furness

The Era (London, England), Saturday, April 19, 1884; Issue 2378.



ALHAMBRA THEATRE. — Proprietors, Messrs. Bell and Atkinson; Manager Mr. F.G. Venimore. — The theatre has been filled to overflowing each night to witness the first performance in Barrow of Iolanthe by Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company, which includes many really talented artists, evidently well selected for the various parts.

The cast includes Miss Isabelle Muncey as Queen of the Fairies; Miss Millie Vere, Iolanthe; Phyllis, Miss Bessie Wilkinson; Lord Chancellor, Mr. Richard Weathersby; Private Willis, Mr. Ferdinand Thieler; the Earl of Tolloller [sic], Mr. J. Duncan Young; Strephon, Mr. Albert Christian, and many other artists of undoubted ability.

The whole opera goes splendidly. The solo and chorus parts are all admirably rendered, and the band, under the leadership of Mr. Lexhime, and conducted by Mr. W. Robinson, perform almost without a fault.

A new act-drop, by Mr. F.G. Venimore and Mr. Julian Forbes, was exhibited for the first time, and the artists were most vociferously called for. In the centre the feature is the s.s. City of Rome leaving Walney channel, Barrow, where she was built. The artistic finish of the picture exceeds anything we have seen in this district.

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