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The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 2, 1884; Issue 2393.
ST. JAMES'S HALL. — On the evenings of Monday and Tuesday Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company appeared here in Iolanthe and Patience. On both occasions there were good houses, and the performances were received with a spirit bordering on enthusiasm. The local public have had experience of both operas, but the company was so good all round as to evoke the warmest commendation.
Mr. F.L. Scates, who took the part of the Lord Chancellor on Monday night, deserves more than passing reference, his impersonation being of rare excellence. On Tuesday the continued indisposition of Mr. Albert James again led to a change in the cast, and Mr. D'Oyly Carte specially sent Mr. Wilfred Shine to appear as Bunthorne. Mr. Shine's efforts were received with unbounded warmth; indeed, we never recollect more hearty demonstrations here. The opera was splendidly played throughout.
The artists who have appeared in addition to those already mentioned, have included Mr. Robert Fairbanks, Mr. J. Duncan Young, Mr. Ferdinand Thieler, Mr. Albert Christian, Miss Isabelle Muncey, Miss Millie Vere, Miss Freda Bevan, Miss Lucy Carr Shaw, Miss Florence Terriss, and Miss Bessie Wilkinson.
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