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STAGE JOTTINGS.

HIS MAJESTY'S THEATBE. March 15 to 27.—Meynell and Gunn. March 20 to April S.—M. Cohens Opera Opera Companies ("Sixes and Sevens" aud "Manuella."! April 10 and onwards Pollard Opera Company. OPERA HOUSE. Fuller's Pictures. ROYAL ALBERT HALL Nightly— Royal Pictures. TIVOLI THEATRE. Nightly.—West's Pictures. A letter received from Mr. J. C. "Williamson's head ofiice advises that "the firm" will only send three attractions . to the Dominion during the present year. 1 These, however, will be of their very beet, and will include the Royal Comics (full strength) with three operas that have never been seen here, and Miss Fanny Dango is to be sent as prima donna, having been transferred from the . pantomime to her old position at the head of the Comics for that purpose. Tlie repertoire, will consist of "The Merry Widow," "The Girls of Gottenburg," and "The Dairymaids," three of the biggest successes handled by the Royal Comics within the last ten years. The following are the dates so far as the four centres are concerned: — Opera Company.—Wellington, April 10 to May 10; Auckland, .May 17 to June 5; Christchurch, June 12 to 26; Dunedin, June 30 to July 14. Pantomime, "Jack and Jill." —Christchurch, July 10 to 31; Dunedin, August "> to 10; August 30 to September 13; Auckland, September 20 to October 10. Julius Knight.—Auckland, September, 10 to 28; Dunedin. October 14 to 20; Christchurch, November 1 to 13; Wcl-- , lington, November 15 to December 0. The pantomime lias been a phenomenal success in Melbourne, and lias beaten the records established by "Mother (loose" and "llumpty Duniptv." The Season there has already been extended. and ".lack and Jill" is iikelv to run till Easter, which will entail the abandonment of the Adelaide season. On Monday week, 20th inst.. the first t)f five performances of "Sixes and Sevens," will eventuate at His Majesty' 3 under the direction of Mr. M. Cohen. The musical comedy named is the joint work of Miss Maud" Peacocke and Air. Thos. Humphreys, both of Auckland, and was produced in a small way at Parnell some months ago. Part of the profits are to be given to the funds of the Roman Catholic Church, Parnell. At the close of the "Sixes and Sevens" season the first of the four musical works written in collaboration by Messrs. Thos. Humphreys and J. Youlin IJirch, "Alanuella," is to he staged for the first time. This work, an extravaganza, or burlesque, has not been previously produced. Its atmosphere is Cuban, and it is stated that this fact has been taken advantage of to make a spectacular display both in costumes and scenery. The cast for "Alanuella" comprises: Misses Alice A'aughan, Eileen Knowles, A'ictoria A"on Meyern, Emily Holmes, Messru. Arthur East, Geo. Ragnall, Abrahams. H. C. Borrndaile, Ned Forte, and a chorus of between 40 and 50. The box plans will ! open at Wildman's on Monday morning. Recently the London "Sporting Life" [ asked Mrs. Carrie Nation for a mes~i age to its readers. Here is what she ' sent:—"You want sport—l'll give it you. . You shall see an old woman battle sin- . gle-handed against hordes of sodden, . l|raira-clogged, stinking-mouthed men . mongrels. Shall I win? AA'hat are the , odds?" Carrie has beaten all booking , records at tbe Paragon aud Canterbury > Music Halls even before she set foot in- , side them. Before sailing for Europe Charles i Frohman was asked if he did not think ! that orchestras would finally be entirely ' dispensed with in American theatres, us i they were long ago in Continental the- ; atres. His answer was to the point: , "A'es. when American audiences leave ! the theatre in a mass between acts and i ao out to smoke or have a drink. That ■ is the only reason music is not heard in ; European theatres." It is currently stated that Mr. George 1 Rignold will shortly make a trip to the ' Old Country. ; Managers of London theatres are not i unfamiliar with men who are so desirous 1 of comfort that they book an extra stall I on which to rest their hat and coat. In ! the Duke of York's Theatre, however, a - man at a recent matinee paid for three ; stalls for his sole use. lie explained 1 that his comfort required that no one ; should share the arms of tbe chair be > occupied, and for that reason he paid for > a seat on each side. On one of them he placed his coat and hat, on the other a | ■ bag of biscuits, which he ate during the ■■ i performance. A lady who wanted to - move into one of the three seats because - it was in a better position than her own, ! inquired when the situation was explain- ■ ed to her, whether it would not be pos- . sible to provide the man with a sofa. "Star," in the "Bulletin": She played Juliet for one consecutive night nt Melbourne Royal many years ago. and play- ' ed the part under the mistaken.impression that Juliet was a mincing miss with I a giggle and a quaint habit of chewing her handkerchief to show girlish pertur- , bation. "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art - thou. Romeo?" she cried. Then came the .awful voice from up aloft: "If it comes to that, why the are you Juliet?" Then Shakespeare's masterpiece was suspended to allow the audience to compose . itself, and to give Juliet time to mop her tears. : An English actress will play the title , role in "The Merry Widow" in Paris, a 5 German will play Danillo, und the chorus . will be French. ' "Our Miss Gibbs." a successful n ew > comedy in London, has been secured for Australia by J. C. Williamson. Although "Tommy" Burns did not com- ■ plete his arrangements to appear in ■ "Fame and fortune.'' at the Bijou, Mcl- - bourne, it is understood that his A'ic- ; torian provincial tour will be carried out; also a visit to New Zealand. , A new comedy in three acts dealing witli New Zealand life of to-day, called ' "The Land of Promise," and written byMessrs. 11. Bailey and J. Nasmith, was . presented in Manchester just before the ] mail left by amateurs in aid of the Lord Mayor's fund for the unemployed. An important enterprise for the proi duction on a permanent basis of plays of | - the better class—Shakespeare, old" and ! - new comedies, and modern literary works j 1 —has been talked of in Melbourne and j i Sydney for some time amongst certain ' - enthusiastic friends of tbe drama, at the j 1 bond of whom is Miss Madge Mcintosh, I : the well-known English actress. Tbe ob- ' ject in view is to establish a stock com-1 ■ pany of artists for the purpose., and at j ! the same time a dramatic school on tbe j l lines of those so successfully organised I : in England by Mr. Beerbohm Tree and | Mr. F ."ft Benson. 4? I

It is contended by the promoters of the I scheme that the pla'ygoittg public of AusI tralia are not exclusively devoted to me--1 lodrama and musical comedy, as many suppose; but that, on the contrary, there exists for the better class of plaj- a demand extensive enough to justify this venture. The movement has proceeded so far that proposals for the establishment of a company with a share capital of £5,000 have been made. It has been made puoiic that after five years of hotly contested litigation, settlements had been made outside of court for thirty of the nearly 600 deaths caused by the Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago. It is said that Too dollars is to be paid in each of the thirty cases by one of the firms responsible * for the construction of the theatre. Prosecution in these cases has been withdrawn from court. One of the cases settled was for j a man who lost his wife and three chil-1 dren in the fire. Many other suits against firms and individuals interested in tbe theatre are still pending. The number of cases still unsettled is estimated at more than 400. Married quietly, by special license, at the Holborn Registry Office, last week, to Lieut. Gerard Randal Klombies, 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays), Miss Adelina Balfe—as that young lady is known on the Gaiety stage—returned to the theatre and took her part as usual in the afternoon performance. Meantime Mr. Klombies watched the matinee from a box. News of the wedding had, however, travelled apace, and bride and bridegroom found an embarrassingly large crowd awaiting them at the stage door on leaving the theatre. The bride, whose maiden name off the stage was Miss Dorothy AVinifred Davies. ir, playing Sheila in "Our Miss Gibbs.'' She began her career with Air. Weedon Grossniith, and subsequently figured in ".Havana." Mr. Klombies, whose age is 21. saw her for the first time about four months ago from a. box at the Gaiety. Mrs. Klombies was in Kilkenny, and is the granddaughter of a clergyman. tlie Rev. Hilier William Davies. of Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire. "Tile Merry Widow has now been played in 1.1 different languages, and over IK.OOO times. While statistics of tbe profits on the production have not been published, it is known that the A'ienaese publisher of the music alone has netted between £60,000 and £70.000. So popular was the play in Germany that it has been successfully produced in 422 towns. Mr. Mcynell," of the firm of Clarke, Wren, Meynell, and Gunn, who has just returned from England, has secured a number of new plays, including three pantomimes (says the "Bulletin"). Has the firm come to the conclusion that Australia has an insatiable, all-the-yenr-round appetite for pantomime, or are they stocking pantomimes for a rise? Three pantomimes for Australia at one fell swoop looks like a Rockefeller scheme to corner the market. Mr. Clyde Meynell, who has just returned from England, states that the most important enterprise to be undertaken this year by the Meynell-Gunn firm will be the tour of Mr. Oscar Asche and Miss Lily Brayton. Amongst the members of their company to visit Australia will be Mr. At hoi Forde, who was here with the Musgrove Shakespearian Compuin ; Mr. Caleb Porter, whose Nero to the Marcus of Mr. Wilson Barrett is well remembered; Mr. Herbert Grimwood, o "character actor who- lias Ailed many important engagements in England, and plays lago to the Othello of Mr. Asche; Messrs. Gerald K. Souper, Tripp Edgar, Reginald Penney, and Anson (son of Mr. G. W. Anson, who was one of the most popular actors touring Australia). Mr. Asche will bring a company of 26 with him from England, and all his scenery, so that tbe venture will be upon an elaborate scale. Amongst the Shakespearian plays will bo "The laming of the Shrew," with tbe induction ietained; and Rudolf Bezier's "Tlie \ irgin Goddess - ' and a new play by Stanley Weyman entitled "Count Hannibal ' will also be in the repertory. Mr. Meynell confirm:- the news of tlie enthusiastic reception which "The Passing of the Third Floor Back" has had in London, where it is -till running at Terry's Theatre. It has, lip says, a complete cast, so that the performance is notable for its finish. Mr. Edward Sass, wellknown in. Australia, is one of the boarder—a .lew stockbroker who, like the r< st of liie inmates of the lodging-house, conies under the influence which so effectively changes their lives. Of the now plays. "The Hypocrites" ivnl be the first produced. The re-organised company, which will have several new English member-, will include also .Messrs. Hnrcourt Beany, Gas-on Mervale, and Lindsay, and Misses Mortyne and Gunn. In ndditon to the musical' comedies previously announced as having been ac--1 quired by Meynell and Gunn, there are j two to be produced in London this year. i the rights of which tJiey have purchased. j The Australian tour of Mr. Asche and Miss Lily Brayton will begin in July. Mr. Arthur Bourchier and Miss Violet Viinbrugh, who are also to visit Australia under the Meynell-Gunn management, will not come until 1911. Their repertory has not yet been decided upon. They will probably have eight supporting artists with them. The J. C. Williamson management is organising a musical comedy, which, according to present intentions, will make its first appearance iv "The King of Cadonia," a piece lately produced in London by Mr. Frank Curzon with great success. It incidentally brought forward a new librettist in Mr, Frederick Lonsdale, who, in the mythical territory of Cadonia, built an attractive story of mirth and romance. For the Australian performance some English artists have been engaged. The prima donna will be Miss Dorothy Court, who has appeared in the Gilbert and Sullivan revivals at the Savoy recently. A drama, "The Redemption ot Lucifer," distinguished for the solemnity of its theme, and the very elaborate scenery and mechanical effects which it will require, has been written by Miss Maud D'Arcy Burke, an Australian authoress, who has shown in a work of great ambition deckled skill in many ways. vSteps are being taken by the Board of Public Health in Melbourne to minimise the danger of celluloid cinemato> graph films becoming ignited. Dr. Norris, the chairman of tiie Board, has stated that the disastrous fire caused at a theatre in .Mexico by cinematograph films catching lire emphasised the need for action. The Hoard is at present consulting the Crown solicitor, with a view to framing a regulation. An endeavour jis being made to introduce a clause in ! the regulations providing that the cine- ! uKitogrnph apparatus should be mountjed outside the entertainment hall where ! possible. The danger of the films ignit- | ' n g '* 3 greatly minimised when electric I light is used instead of limelight. Palmerston North Municipal Opera j House's income for the past year is j £ 1,100. After making provision for j contingencies, such as upkeep, interest, j sinking fund, etc., there remains a profit of £100. 1 XIUS D__M'iil_-p (

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STAGE JOTTINGS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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