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From The Era, Sunday, May 30, 1880.


THEATRE ROYAL. – Lessee, Mrs. Rice. – We have had no better representation of H.M.S. Pinafore than the one which Mr D'Oyly Carte's company is giving this week to large and enthusiastic audiences. The mounting of the opera and the band (which is ably conducted by Mr. Horner) are all that could be desired. In Mr. A. Wilkinson we have a First Lord of the Admiralty with sufficient dignity to make the character imposing, yet with a touch of humour which is simply delicious. The old Bradford favourite Mr. W. Hogarth is the Captain Corcoran, and his songs are rendered with all his old vigour and excellence. Mr. Cadwaladr is an energetic Ralph Rackstraw, with an admirable tenor voice, which he knows how to use. Mr. Robert Brough's Dick Deadeye is a splendid performance. Miss Ethel Pierson is a graceful Josephine, and renders her songs with exquisite taste and skill. As Little Buttercup Miss Fanny Harrison is admirable. There is little wanting in "go"and dash in the whole representation, and the calls before the curtain are frequent and well merited.

A musical absurdity called Four by Honours follows, the parts being undertaken by Miss May, Miss Monmouth, Mr. Le Hay, and Mr. E. Johnson.

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