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"F" ('Iolanthe' No. 1) Company in Liverpool

Liverpool Mercury etc (Liverpool, England), Tuesday, April 15, 1884; Issue 11313.


The Prince of Wales Theatre, after being closed for a week for renovations, was reopened last night, when the charming fairy opera of "Iolanthe" was reproduced before a crowded house.

There are several changes in the cast of the more prominent characters since the last performance in this city, and, taken as a whole, the company is one of the strongest we have seen here. Miss Marion Grahame is a most pleasing Phyllis; Strephon has an excellent representative in Mr. Hervet D'Egville; and both sang with fine effect. Mr. John Wilkinson is the embodiment of Mr. Gilbert's Lord Chancellor, and the parts of the Earl of Mountararat and the Earl of Tolloller are well sustained by Mr. W.T. Hemsley and Mr. James Sydney respectively.

Miss Alice Barnett is a stately Queen of the Fairies, and Miss Haidee Crofton is a pleasing Iolanthe; while in Mr. George Marler as Private Willis we have the fine dignified Grenadier of former acquaintance.

The audience were lavish in their applause, and the opera is sure to have another highly successful run during the week. A morning performance is announced for Saturday. At the rise of the curtain each evening, George Grossmith's satirical musical sketch of "Cups and Saucers" is given.

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



PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE. — Proprietor, Mr. A. Henderson; Lessee and Manager, Mr. F. Emery. — After being closed during Passion Week, this theatre was reopened on Monday evening redecorated and improved, under new proprietary and joint management, Mr. A. Henderson and Mr. F. Emery being now in possession…

Iolanthe was played at the reopening on Monday, when there was a crowded audience, and the performance was cordially recognised as one of eminent effectiveness, and all-round excellent balancing of parts. The heroine found a spirited and graceful representative in Miss Haidee Crofton; Miss Alice Barnett was a veritable Queen of the Fairies; and Miss Marion Grahame delighted everyone with the charming simplicity and grace of her Phyllis.

Mr. Hervet D'Egville was warmly "approbated" in the part of Strephon; while Mr. W.T. Hemsley, a sound and careful artiste, gave weight and importance in the cast to the Earl of Mountararat; Mr. John Wilkinson's Lord Chancellor was technically correct; Mr. George Marler proved a soldierly soldier; and the "old nobility" in the person of Lord Tolloller was capitally embodied by Mr. J.A. Sydney.

Cups and Saucers was the introductory dramatic dish.

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