HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE.
"A MINE-PS TRUST." The appetite of the public for melodrama is insatiable. After some weeks of this form of amusement, His Majesty's Theatre -was again exceedingly, weU patronised last night, when Messrs. Meynell and Guim's 'Dramatic Company opened .their Auckland season with "A Miner's Trust." As a play it is not an unfamiliar type, though it belongs to the better class of melodrama, and though, of course, the machinations of various ill-disposed persons form a considerable portion of the plot, the author Has not forced them to descend to the depths of all the varieties of sordid crime which humanity has discovered. Sensationalism there is, and ample, but the intervening scenes have been tempered in their tenseness, and parts of the "comic relief" are genuimly good, so that, generally speaking, the production is interesting enough, though some of the long speeches might be shortened with, advantage.
Briefly, the story, which, opens dn the Australian goldfields, concerns the fortunes of Allen Trengrove and Jack Howard, who, after many years, have struck it rich, arid made their pile. Howard is returning to England to wed his blind sweetheart, Alice Medway, when lie is mortally wounded by Gaspard le Rouge, an escapee from New Caledonia, who attempts to rob him. The dying man, realising what tihe effect of "the tragedy will be to his betrothed, agrees to Trengrove's suggestion that he shall take his place, marry the blind girl, and thus save her the shock. The scene then changes to England, and Howard, alias Trengrove, tries to fulfil his compact, but finds his affections turn elsewhere. His identity is suspected by a claimant to the Trengrove estate, and the truth is finally brought to light, and a satisfactory solution arrived at, with the rescue of J_e Rouge from the wreck of a Home-bo and steamer.
In some respects the acting was good, but in others it fell short of the requirements of the piece. Mr. Herbert J. Bentley was a manly Allen Trengrove, and acted with quiet force and naturalness. Mr. J. B. Atholwood played Gaspard Le Rouge wrtli good judgment, and Mr. Harry Hailey, who carried the brunt of ■fche comedy work, fully deserved the excellent reception he received. Miss Beatrice Holloway was a pathetic little figure as a blind girl, and acted conscientiously and well. Miss Lillian Meyers and Miss Mabel Russell were also seen to advantage in their respective parts. Miss Alice Dearwyn played the part of an elderly maiden aunt, but she was too exaggerated to be convincing. Mr. F. Coope gave a rather colourless portrayal of the scheming Arthur Trengrove, and Mr. J. R. Howard was not very well suited as Captain Medway, a retired naval officer. Several of the minor parts were well taken, amongst which may be mentioned those of Mr. Guts Neville, Mr. Leo de Chateau, and Mr. Gordon Thomas. The staging was good, 'and the shipwreck scene was a realistic effort. "A Miner's Trust" will be >• repeated this evening.
THE OPERA HOUSE. An appreciative audience attended at the Opera House last night, when a capital moving picture programme was presented. The same programme will be submitted ito-night.
THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL. A first-class Jkrogramme of moving pictures is billed at the Royal Albert Hall, and large audiences are attracted to the entertainment nightly. The programme was well received last night, and another success is predicted for its presentation to-night. TTVOLI THEATRE. There was a good attendance at the Tivoli Theatre, Newton, last night. The programme was an excellent one from the several points of view that moving pictures are valued. The great attractions were the series depicting the heartrending scenes of the terrible Messina disaster. The humorous pictures and the artistic creatTons were really good.
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