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The Era (London, England), Saturday, April 5, 1884; Issue 2376.

"A" (Princess Ida No. 2) Company in Chester.

NEW ROYALTY THEATRE. — Manager, Mr. W.J. Lancaster. — Mr. D'Oyly Carte's Princess Ida company is here this week, presenting the new opera for the first time to large and delighted audiences; this being the "biggest thing" the new manager has yet introduced to our notice.

The company contains several names which are altogether unknown to us here, the most familiar being Mr. David James, jun., who seems well suited to the spleenish King Gama, who, in his hands, becomes a very droll personage indeed, his patter songs being redemanded; Mr. Frank Boyle, a tuneful Cyril; and Miss Florence Dysart, a charming Princess Ida, both vocally and otherwise. Other characters are successfully represented by Messrs. Charles Goold (Hildebrand), Cecil Burt (Hilarion), Hugh Seton (Florian), and the Misses Ada Doree (Lady Blanche), and Marie Wynter (lady Psyche). The principals received numerous encores on Monday night, and the choruses were beyond all praise.

Special commendation is due to Mr. E.J. Benbrook in staging the opera. The band, under the direction of Mr. Ralph Horner, was excellent. During this engagement trips have been arranged with the various railway companies, and there is every reason to believe they will prove a great source of profit.

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