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From The Era (London, England), Saturday, July 15, 1882; Issue 2286.

THEATRE ROYAL AND OPERA HOUSE — Proprietrix, Mrs. H. Nye Chart — Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company opened here on Monday with Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Pinafore.

Compared with that of previous companies the performance was somewhat disappointing. Mr. John Le Hay as the First Lord trusted more to burlesque action than musical effort.

Mr. Fred Billington played well as Captain Corcoran, and sang lustily. Mr. Leumane (Ralph Rackstraw) possesses a fine tenor voice, with good compass and taste to use it, his representation of the character being thoroughly successful.

Miss Bessie Armytage was Buttercup. Miss Esmé Lee (Josephine) sang with excellent taste and feeling, and was warmly applauded. Miss Beatrix Young was a charming Hebe. The chorus was fairly effective, and the general mounting most complete.

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