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"A" ('Princess Ida' No. 2) Company in Bath

The Era (London, England), Saturday, July 5, 1884; Issue 2389.

THEATRE ROYAL. —Lessee and Manager, Mr. Frederick Neebe. — The advent of Princess Ida has been welcomed by playgoers here, and on Monday a good audience (considering the weather) assembled to witness the first performance. One and all are agreed as to the merits of the piece, and the artists sustain their respective parts in a most efficient manner. The staging is correct, and the dresses appropriate and brilliant.

Mr. Charles Goold makes up and plays King Hildebrand capitally. Mr. Cecil Burt does well as Hilarion, his song "Ida was a twelvemonth old" being much applauded. Messrs. Boyle and Seton are good in the characters of Cyril and Florian. Mr. David James, jun., in the part of King Gama is excellent, making his points tell with capital effect. The three sons of Gama were represented by Messrs. Thompson, Winterbottom, and Mounsey, and they are very clever.

Miss St. Ives as Princess ida sings sweetly and acts with good effect, Lady Blanche is well portrayed by Ada Doree. Miss Marie Wynter as Lady Psyche is also effective. The opera went well until the end of the second act, when, by some misunderstanding between the lessee and the band, the latter refused to appear, and the third act had to be played to the accompaniment of the harmonium only, efficiently rendered by the conductor of the company, Mr. Ralph Horner. On Tuesday another band occupied the orchestra.

The following letters have appeared in a local paper:–

"Sir, – Owing to the defection of the band (who acted like the crew of a ship who desert their captain in his hour of need), the third act of Princess Ida had, on Monday night, to be performed with harmonium accompaniment only, by Mr. D'Oyly Carte's conductor (Mr. Horner). Under these circumstances I have had, at considerable trouble, to make other arrangements which I hope will prove acceptable to the public. I may add that in the seven years during which the band has been engaged by me, I have paid its members something like £3,000.

FREDERICK NEEBE. Theatre Royal, Bath, July 1st, 1884."

"Sir, – I have just seen a letter from Mr. Neebe. I have not now time to enter into explanatory details, but will do so at a future date; allow me to state, in justice to myself and the members of the orchestra, that the sum of only £1 each was asked for and refused, out of arrears of £83 odd. I have up to the present time met all engagements, but owing to past financial experiences, I did not feel inclined to advance any more money on the back of salaries, hence the trouble of last night, which, under any other conductor, would have occurred long ago, and which I have prevented on many other occasions. I am at a loss to understand about the £3,000, considering that the music for the pantomimes of 1881 and '82 and other arrears extending over two years have not yet been paid for.

I am, Sir, respectfully yours,

W.E. SALMON. July 1st, 8.20p.m.

I trust you will understand that I have disclosed the above facts much against my will, and only to save my own reputation and those in my employ; my chief object has been to make things go as smoothly as possible."

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