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LLANDUDNO

From North Wales Chronicle (Bangor, Wales), Saturday, July 29, 1882; Issue 2856.

"PATIENCE" — Mr. D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company performed Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's æsthetic opera "Patience" at the St. George's Hall, Llandudno, on Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights last. On each occasion the hall was crowded.

Mr. Richard Purdon performed the part of Reginald Bunthorne, the fleshly poet, in a brilliant manner. He acted and sang with much ease, and an entire absence of stage mannerisms which proclaim him an actor of a very high order. Mr. Walter Greyling was also eminently successful in his delineation of Bunthorne's rival. His splendid baritone voice was generally admired, and he was frequently encored. Mr. Federici as Colonel Calverley, Mr. Edward Clowes as Major Murgatroyd, and Mr. Llewelyn Cadwaladr as the Duke of Dunstable deserve great praise for their excellent singing and conscientious acting.

Miss Marion Grahame's impersonation of Patience, the heroine, was all that could be desired. She possesses a soprano voice of extraordinary richness and compass, and her vivacious and charming acting rendered her a great favourite. Miss Fanny Harrison, as the faithful Lady Jane, also created a most favourable impression. The parts of Lady Angela, the Lady Saphir, and the Lady Ella, the rapturous maidens, were cleverly rendered by Miss Kate Cowen, Miss Constance Snow, and Miss Florence Dysart. The choruses were all sung in splendid style, and the accompaniments were ably played by Mr. T. Silver.

The dresses were superb, and the scenery very effective. In fact the whole performance, thanks to Mr. Beckwith and the artistes, was worthy of any London boards, and the Llandudnoites never had such a treat before. The general wish is that Mr. D'Oyly Carte may see his way to pay us another visit at an early date.


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