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From The Liverpool Mercury, Wednesday, March 2, 1881.


The Gilbert-Sullivan opera "The Pirates of Penzance," with its bright, sparkling music and witty dialogue, continues its hold on public favour, as was shown by the reception it met on Monday night from the large and fashionable audience that assembled at the Alexandra Theatre. The opera was charmingly rendered by D'Oyly Carte's well-selected and numerous company, and it was placed on the stage with completeness as to scenic arrangements and details that left nothing to be desired.

The fine air "I am a Pirate King" was capitally given by Mr. G. W. Marnock. Miss Strachane was encored in "Poor Wandering Boy:” the same compliment was paid to Mr. Fisher, "The Model Major-General.” Indeed, the whole of the music, solos and chorus, was given in a manner that obtained the unqualified approbation of the audience.

The “Pirates” was preceded by the pleasing vaudeville "In the Sulks."

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