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"D" ('Princess Ida' No. 1) Company in Newcastle
The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 30, 1884; Issue 2397.
THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessees Messrs. Howard and Wyndham; Acting-Manager, Mr. Frank Sephton. – For the first time in Newcastle Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's opera of Princess Ida was presented on Monday evening before a good audience, and received with much favour.
The company is an excellent one, the various parts being effectively rendered, as also the choruses and the orchestration under the conductorship of Mr. P. W. Halton, which, with some special scenery by the resident artist Mr. Frank Jones, left nothing to be desired.
Mr. Fred. Billington appeared to much adavantage as King Hildebrand. Owing to the sudden illness of Mr. Courtice Pounds the part of Hilarion had to be intrusted at short notice to an understudy. Mr. David Fisher was, as usual, thoroughly enjoyable in his clever piece of acting as King Game. His singing also provoked hearty and well-deserved applause. Mr. C. Rowan as Cyril and Mr. F. Federici as Florian were deserving of praise.
Miss Esme Lee, in the title part, acted and sang with taste and finish; and Miss Fanny Edwards, as Lady Blanche, succeeded admirably. Miss Linda Verner as Lady Psyche and Miss B. Young as Melissa were also worthy of mention.
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