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Reopening of the Savoy Theatre

The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, September 20, 1884; Issue 773.

"PRINCESS IDA." – The Savoy Theatre opened on Monday, when performances were resumed of the latest comic opera from the pens of Mr. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. The attendance was not large, and the coldness of the audience seemed to affect some of the artists, who played with little of the spirit observed on the first production of the work. This criticism, however, by no means applies to Miss Jessie Bond, who, it is said, will in the new comic opera play a far more important part; nor to Mr. Grossmith, nor Mr. R. Temple. A revival of The Sorcerer is possible, should a change of programme be needed before Christmas, when will be produced the new Gilbert-Sullivan opera, a detail of which is reported to be a skit on "Thought-reading."

The Era (London, England), Saturday, September 20, 1884; Issue 2400.


This elegantly appointed and luxuriously furnished theatre, after a short recess, was reopened on the evening of Monday last with in the bill Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida, a work which is far from having exhausted its popularity. The hot weather set in again with the beginning of the week, but the Savoy, we may remind our readers, having the electric light, is always pleasantly cool, even when audiences elsewhere are wiping their perspiring brows, and facing the dangers of asphyxiation, In the cast of Princess Ida it is a case of "as you were." Miss Leonora Braham is still at the head of the college at Castle Adamant, where such a profession is made of ignoring the sterner sex, and her singing, her acting, and her lecture to the sweet girl graduates once more met with immense favour. Mr. George Grossmith, invigorated by his short holiday, again came out well as King Gama, the "disagreeable man;" and Miss Brandram, with her "Inevitable Must" song, and her general rendering of the part of Lady Blanche, added not a little to the number of her admirers. Messrs. Bracy, Durward Lely, and Ryley were well to the fore as the adventurous youths who scale the walls of Castle Adamant and pass for lady candidates in the college where they look for love, and the famous trio and dance awakened the customary enthusiasm. The fierce and determined sons of King Gama as represented by Messrs. Richard Temple, Warwick Gray, and Lugg were as fierce and determined as ever; and some further commendation is due to Mr. Rutland Barrington as King Hildebrand, Miss Kate Chard as Lady Psyche, and Miss Jessie Bond as Melissa.

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, September 21, 1884; Issue 2183.


In falsification of the rumours current a few weeks ago, when Mr. D'Oyly Carte decided to close his theatre until there was a prospect of the autumnal heat having passed, proceedings were resumed on Monday evening with Princess Ida. If in the latest of the Gilbert-Sullivan operas the humour is neither so quaint nor so pointed as in some of its predecessors, and if the music appear[s] more forced that is its composer's wont, some compensation is to be found in the extreme tastefulness of the stage mounting. Each act has its own brilliant tableau and in the arrangement of the business of the scene the most is made of the space at command. For its spectacular charm, therefore, almost as much as for its story and for its music, does the Princess Ida present claims to the support of the playgoing public. The cast of the opera is in every important particular the same as before. Messrs. Durward Lely and Bracy act with much liveliness and sing very creditably, but in point of vocal merit the palm is jointly shared by Miss Leonora Braham (the Princess) and Miss Brandram (the severe logician at Castle Adamant). Messrs. G. Grossmith and R. Barrington still represent the two Kings. The opera was on Monday as well received as usual.

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