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

The Era (London, England), Saturday, September 27, 1884; Issue 2401.

THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessees, Messrs. Howard and Wyndham; Acting-Manager, Mr. Frank Sephton. – Mr. D'Oyly Carte's Iolanthe company commenced a six night's engagement here on Monday evening before a very large audience. The company is an excellent one, each and all of the principal artists coming in for hearty and well-deserved applause.

Mr. John Wilkinson was great and effective as the Lord Chancellor, and sang the songs that fell to his share in the most humorous manner. Mr. T. W. Hemsley was equally successful as Mountararat, and Mr. James Sydney as Tolloller left nothing to be desired. Mr. George Marler was a good Private Willis, his richly-toned voice being heard to great advantage. Mr. H. D'Egville came in for suitable recognition for his acting and singing as Strephon.

Miss Fanny Harrison as the Queen of the Fairies, Miss H. Crofton as Iolanthe, and Miss Marion Grahame as Phyllis were all worthy of high praise.

The sketch entitled Cups and Saucers has been presented each evening.

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