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The Era (London, England), Saturday, March 29, 1884; Issue 2375.

THEATRE ROYAL. — Proprietress, Mrs. H. Nye Chart. — The closing performances of the Vokes Family last week were characterised by good houses, especially so on Friday, when they took their benefit, playing The Rough Diamond and Fun in a Fog.

This week the newly organised Patience company, under Mr. D'Oyly Carte's management, commenced the first engagement of their provincial tour.

The personnel of the company has been changed in its leading parts. Miss Josephine Findlay is entrusted with the title rôle. Her vocalisation is of the best order. Mr. W. E. Shine takes the place of Mr. Thorne as Bunthorne, and fully met the expectations raised. Mr. Walter Greyling is the Grosvenor, and his previous acquaintance with the part did him good service. Mr. Byron Browne is the Colonel, Mr. Halley the Major, and Mr. R. Christian plays the Duke. Miss Elsie Cameron is Lady Jane, and sings the contralto music with remarkable finish. Miss Rosa Husk, Miss Blanche Symonds, and Miss Mina Rowley are the Ladies Angela, Saphir, and Ella; and the chorus is composed of excellent voices. The piece is mounted splendidly, and the costumes are superb.

Mr. P.W. Taylor, for many years the acting-manager and secretary of the Brighton Aquarium, is the acting-manager of the company,

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