Van Biene in "The Broken Melody."
To-morrow evening witnesses the firat appearance m Ashburton of Augusta Van Biene, the eminent actor musician and his London Dramatic Company, who produce the famous and remarkably powerful drama " The Broken Melody." Much has been written concerning this play as well as the magnificent playing of Van Biene, and it behoves local playgoers not to raisa such an opportunity of witnessing one of England's greatest artists. Clement Scott, the late brilliant critic of the " London Daily Telegraph " wrote: "There are two things worth living for—to hear Patti sing and Van Biene play the 'cello," while the same writer ventured the opinion, which has been endorsed m Australia that, as Paul Borinski, m " The Broken Melody " the celebrated artiit was "vividly reminiscent of Henry Irving/' The play itself is a remarkable one, if only for the fact that it has been played by Van Biene for over 4,000 times, nearly 2,500 of that number being produced at the Princess Theatre, London. In ten years it has brought its authors ovar £7,000 m royalties. It is described as being a drama of intense power, replete with many stirring scenes and situations, the whole being framed m an exquisite setting of delightful melody. "When produced m Auckland last week it evoked tremendous enthusiasm from crowded audiences, whose clamour only ceased after Van Biene and the members of the company had appeared before the curtain no less than ten times. It was described as " a brilliant achievement, and one likely to be long remembered by all who witnessed it." The company includes many who have attained "star" rank at Home, notably Miss Lena Burnleigh, Miss Marie Rignold, f 'Miss Ida Chapman, Miss Avis Graharae, and Messrs John Denton, Horace Lingard, Henry Ludlow, Arthur Lewis, Arthur Bawtree, JSrnest Laceby, and others. The scenery and accessories will be identical with those used m the Melbourne and Sydney productions.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6559, 2 May 1905
Van Biene in "The Broken Melody." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6559, 2 May 1905
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