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The Era (London, England), Saturday, September 6, 1884; Issue 2398.
THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee, Mrs. C. Rice. – One of Mr. D'Oyly Carte's best companies is delighting the large audiences here again in Iolanthe. The fairy opera has lost none of its attractiveness, and it is put upon the stage with more than ordinary care and magnificence.
Miss Grahame succeeds Miss Clement as Phyllis, rendering the music and acting with the consummate skill of an artist. Miss Haidee Crofton is charming as Iolanthe; Mr. Hervet D'Egville sings splendidly as Strephon; Mr. Geo. Marler's Private Willis is still a feature of the opera; Miss Fanny Harrison has many admirers in the character she retains; Mr. John Wilkinson hits off the peculiarities of the Lord Chancellor to perfection and is decidedly original; Mr. James Sydney as Earl Tolloller and Mr. T. W. Hemsley as Earl Mountararat acquit themselves admirably. The Misses Levison, St. Maur, and Gwynne are charming Fairies.
Mr. G. Arnold's baton is effective in the band, and the chorus is an efficient one.