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"A" ('Princess Ida' No. 2) Company in Devonport
The Era (London, England), Saturday, July 12, 1884; Issue 2390.
Miss Florence Dysart, who plays the Princess, does so with very graceful action, and sings with a charming, flexible, and tuneful voice, and she is supported very effectively by Miss Ada Doree as Lady Blanche, Miss Marie Wynter as Lady Psyche, Miss K. Forster as Melissa, Miss Buckingham as Sacharissa, and Miss M. Lennox as Chloe.
Mr. Cecil Burt's Hilarion is a very finished performance, but he has a tendency to sing flat at times that is somewhat distressing. His two companions, Cyril and Florain, are cleverly represented by Mr. Frank Boyle and Mr. Hugh Seton. Mr. David James, jun., is not altogether the Gama one could wish, nor is Mr. Charles Goold sufficiently impressive as King Hildebrand, but both contribute fairly to the general effect. Arac, Guron, and Scynthius, the trio of comic guards, are represented by Mr. E. Thompson, Mr. Winterbottom, and Mr. T.N. Mounsey in the most amusing manner, and chorus, costumes, appointments, &c., being all new and bright, the opera goes merrily as a marriage bell.
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