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"C" ('Patience' No. 1) Company in Edinburgh

The Era (London, England), Saturday, May 24, 1884; Issue 2383.

THEATRE ROYAL. — Lessee, Mr. John Heslop; Acting Manager and Secretary, Mr. John D. Gray. — Mr. D'Oyly Carte's Patience company commenced a fortnight's engagement here on Monday evening, when a large and appreciative audience assembled to enjoy the performance, This picturesque and tuneful opera has had a career of remarkable success since its first production, and has been played in Edinburgh oftener than any other of the Gilbert and Sullivan works. Its reception on Monday evening was most enthusiastic, and laughter, applause, and encores were frequent during the evening.

The company, as on former occasions, is exceptionally good, and contains both old and welcome friends, as well as several new candidates for public favour. Of the first, one of the most popular in the cast is Mr. Byron Brown, the clever representative of the Colonel, whose fine voice and handsome appearance pre-eminently qualify him for the character. Miss Elsie Cameron again appears as Lady Jane, a character she has already played here with great success.

Chief among new comers is Mr. Wilfred E. Shine, the droll impersonator of Bunthorne. The gentleman exhibited varied ability throughout, looked the part to the life as we know it, sang and danced well, and should be a valuable acquisition to the ranks of comic opera. Mr. Walter Greyling made a vocally excellent Grosvenor, Mr. R. Christian sang tastefully as the Duke, and Mr. H. Halley was capital as the Major.

Patience is now played by a very charming and very clever young lady, Miss Josephine Findlay, whose captivating appearance and undoubted musical ability commanded immediate admiration. Of the other parts, Miss Rose Hush [sic] scored a notable success as Lady Angela, and Miss Blanche Symonds appeared to much advantage as Lady Saphir, Miss Mina Rowley also making quite a feature of Lady Ella.

The Era (London, England), Saturday, May 31, 1884; Issue 2384.

THEATRE ROYAL. — Lessee, Mr. John Heslop; Acting Manager and Secretary, Mr. John D. Gray. — Patience, with its quaint characters, droll dialogue, and sparkling music, continues to be represented here by Mr. D'Oyly Carte's opera company to excellent houses, the spirited acting and capable singing of both principals and chorus receiving much well deserved applause each evening. The opera is preceded by a light little vaudeville entitled A Private Wire.


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