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The Era (London, England), Sunday, May 12, 1878; Issue 2068.

THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee, Mr. J. B. Howard. – Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Sorcerer, supported by the company under the direction of Mr. D’Oyly Carte, was presented here on Monday evening, before a crowded and enthusiastic audience. The reception accorded to the work was most hearty, and the whole entertainment passed off with brilliant success.

The acting was capital in every instance, while from a musical point of view the performance was all that could be desired. A great hit was made by Mr. J. H. Ryley, who as
J. W. Wells acted with commendable spirit and energy, giving the popular patter song with a perfectly Mathewsian volubility. Another admirable performance was the Sir Marmaduke of Mr. Arthur Rousbey, which for genuine humour and artistic finish could not be excelled; while in the several vocal numbers of the character his splendid voice was heard to advantage. Mr. Furneaux Cook was well received as the Vicar, his singing being good; and Mr. Bentham played Alexis very nicely, but without the songs.

Miss Duglas Gordon, who has talent both as an actress and vocalist, made a charming Aline; and Miss Rose Cummings (sic) was highly effective as Constance, Misses H. Coveney and R. Brandram completing the cast.

The mounting of the opera was picturesque and effective. The performances opened with Offenbach’s Breaking the Spell, in which Mr. Wilfred Esmond, a clever actor and skilful vocalist, appeared as Peter, supported by Mr. Cook as Matthew, and Miss Clara Jecks as Jenny.

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