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THEATRE ROYAL, MANCHESTER
From The Manchester Times (Manchester, England), Saturday, August 19, 1882; Issue 1284.
On Monday evening Mr. D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company commenced a six nights' engagement at this theatre with Gilbert and Sullivan's charming opera "The Pirates of Penzance."
Mr. D'Oyly Carte has on several occasions presented this deservedly popular production before the Manchester public, and the principal artists who took part in the performance on Monday evening were, with one exception, those who appeared when it was last represented in this city. Mr. G. W. Travener was again highly successful as Frederic, the pirate's apprentice, and the singing and acting of Mr. G. W. Marnock as the pirate king were all that could be desired. It is almost unnecessary to say that Mr. David Fisher gained the hearty applause of the audience, which was fairly numerous, in his impersonation of Major-General Stanley, or that the sergeant of police was ably represented by Mr. G. F. Marler.
The same excellence was to be observed in the singing and acting of the ladies. Miss Esmé Lee played Mabel and Miss Fanny Harrison took the part of Ruth. The performance of the opera met with a very hearty reception, and the witticisms went off almost as well as when they were first uttered. Several of the songs were warmly encored. Not a few playgoers in Manchester will regret to learn that the present is the final visit of this excellent company.
The entertainment concluded with an amusing farce, entitled "Silent Woman."
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