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From The Era, 30 July, 1881.

THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessees, Messrs Howard and Logan; Acting-Manager, Mr. F. Sephton. – This elegant and spacious establishment was filled in every part on Monday evening by a delighted and demonstrative audience, the occasion being the reproduction here of the popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Pirates of Penzance, which had a run of unprecedented brilliancy and success when played at the Princess's Theatre some months ago.

In all the principal parts the cast is identically the same as before, and the performance, then so enjoyable, has been improved by further repetition, and is certainly one of the cleverest and most attractive characters possible. Miss Laura Clement is charming and interesting as ever as Mabel, and Mr. Fisher again proves himself a very admirable representative of the Major-General. Mr. Coventry, who has greatly improved, makes a capital Frederick; and Mr. Marler continues his excellent and amusing impersonation of the Policeman with undiminished effect.

The performance of the chorus was one of the strong features of the evening, and we are glad to see that this important part of the entertainment has been received with the favour it so well deserves. The mounting was remarkably good, the dresses bright and pretty, and the band in every way efficient, Mr. Stanislaus conducting with his well-known skill throughout.

Mr Cellier’s operetta In the Sulks has been the preliminary piece each evening.

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