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From The Era, 13 July 1879

THE DRAMA IN AUSTRALIA
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)
SYDNEY, May 1879.

The Kelly and Leon troupe have played H.M.S. Pinafore, and the School of Arts was crowded to suffocation for a fortnight. Unfortunately, they had to leave for Brisbane and break up this immense success. They return, however, in a month to the Queen’s, to re-produce H.M.S. Pinafore and a two-act opera by their director, Luscombe Searrell.

From The Era, 19 October 1879.

AMUSEMENTS IN AUSTRALIA
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)
SYDNEY, August 14.

Kelly and Leon played H.M.S. Pinafore for over fifty nights until, restrained by an injunction from the Supreme Court. So much cry of "wolf" has been indulged in by people professing to have "sole rights" to popular pieces that it was but natural that Messrs Kelly and Leon should decline to curtail their profitable season with Pinafore until Mr. J. C. Williamson proved his legal right, obtained from Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan. Now, however, an amicable pecuniary arrangement has been made, but not until the gentlemen of the long robe had broached some of Pinafore’s cargo. Kelly and Leon have migrated from the Queen’s Theatre to the School of Arts, where last night they produced the Sorcerer with great success.


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