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"D" ('Princess Ida' No. 1) Company in Manchester
The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 16, 1884; Issue 2395.
THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee, Captain R. Bainbridge. – Mr. D'Oyly Carte's Princess Ida company is for the second time the attraction here, and, notwithstanding the excessive heat of the last few days, capital houses have been secured. The advantages of electricity over gas lighting have gained triumphant vindication during the week, for it is doubtful whether a place cooler than the Theatre Royal could have been found in all Manchester.
The latest production of the Gilbert-Sullivan collaboration has again met with a very enthusiastic welcome from the Manchester people, and all the most popular airs have been encored nightly, whilst Mr. Gilbert's refined and polished humour has, as usual, given rise to great hilarity.
The company representing the opera here is the same that originally introduced Princess Ida here, but it must be said that the artists of which it consists have greatly improved in their several parts, and the tout ensemble of the representation has consequently gained a great deal of effectiveness. Messrs. Courtice Pounds, Chas. Rowan, and F. Federici play the parts of HIlarion, Cyril, and Florian with great freshness and animation, and sing their music admirably. The kings are capitally played by Messrs. David Fisher, jun., and Fred. Billington. King Gama's martial sons find competent representatives in Messrs. Prescott, Hendon, and Roche.
Miss Esme Lee sings the music appertaianing to the title part very tastefully; Miss Fanny Edwards is a very effective Lady Blanche; Miss Beatrix Young is a delightful Melissa; and Miss Evelyn Carstairs – who has taken the part allotted in the programme to Miss Louis, the latter being unfortunately indisposed – has given a very creditable account of the part of Lady Psyche.
The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 23, 1884; Issue 2396.
THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee, Captain R. Bainbridge. – Capital houses continue to be attracted here to witness the representation of Princess Ida, notwithstanding the excessive heat. As already reported, Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company give an excellent representation of the opera, and many of the airs are loudly redemanded every evening. On Monday night Mr. and Mrs. Kendal are announced to appear here in The Ironmaster.
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