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The Era (London, England), Sunday, April 14, 1878; Issue 2064.

THEATRE ROYAL.— Lessees, Messrs Glover and Francis.—The London comic opera company commenced a eighteen nights' engagement here on Monday evening, when The Sorcerer was performed for the first time in this city, and met with the unqualified approval of a large audience.

Of the artists engaged in interpreting the work we can speak in terms of praise. They were all well suited to their respective parts, and the result was highly satisfactory. Miss Duglas Gordon, who possesses a sweet, though not powerful, voice, appeared to advantage as Aline. Lady Sangazure was represented with great acceptance by Miss Rosina Brandram; and Miss Harriet Coveney drew a highly characteristic portrait of the "tidy widdy" Mrs Partlet, a pew opener. Miss Theresa Cummings displayed considerable vocal ability and acted well us the modest pupil teacher Constance.

The character of Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre was cleverly rendered by Mr Arthur Rousbey, who shared with Miss Brandram the honour of an encore for the charming duet “Welcome Joy" and minuet which follows it, and Mr George Bentham was vocally successful as Alexis. Mr. W. H. Ryley, whose style is quite refreshing, made a great hit as J. W. Wells (the family sorcerer), and secured an enthusiastic encore for the patter song in the first act. His burlesque incantation, too, was received with unmistakable signs of delight. The Doctor Daly of Mr. Furneaux Cooke was vocally and histrionically a most artistic performance, his rendering of “Time Was" being warmly applauded. Mr. Cummings was excellent as the Counsel.

The choruses were exceptionally well rendered, and the augmented orchestra, under the baton of Mr. H. Clarke, got through their work with much credit. The opera was mounted with great care and taste, the beautiful scenery being from the brush of our clever young townsman Mr. R. S. Smythe. Breaking the Spell preceded, the characters being sustained by Messrs. F. Cooke, W. Esmond, and Miss Clara Jecks, a promising young actress and vocalist.

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