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MISSING AT LLOYD'S.'

After a week's run ' Current Cash' was withdrawn from the bills of the Princess's Theatre on Saturday night in favor of a drama entitled ' Missing at Lloyd's.' The title indicates pretty clearly that the plot has a nautical tinge, and as a matter of fact the whole of the action takes place either on "the briny" or in close proximity to it. The leading characters are a firm of shipowners, outwardly respectable not to say pious—but, in reality, men who, in order to make money, do not scruple to send to sea heavily-insured vessels with instructions that they be scuttled at convenient opportunity. If in addition to this easy and rapid way of accumulating riches they can at the sarre time get rid of an occasional enemy by causing him to be battened down in the hold and sunk with the vessel, so much the better. Mr Reuben Martock and Mr Lawrence Horton, the shipowners in question, take such an accessory as only giving additional ?est to the thorough enjoyment of their already tolerably diabolical scheme. The intended victim in this particular instance is Frank Lynton, a fine young sailor whose life stands between Mr Martock and a legacy of considerable dimensions, and who is theiefore considerately offered the position of skipper of the next vessel that is to be scuttled, while instructions are given to the scuttlers—unscrupulous tools of the enterprising shipping lirm—to take particular care that when the vessel sinks its captain does not rise to the surface and escape his intended fate. How all this is carried out is shown on the stage by the aid, of suitable'scenic and mechanical effects in very telling fashion. The raft and ultimate rescue episodes—for, of course', the gallant young hero of the play must be rescued—are remarkably well carried out, and cannot fail to be appreciated by the spectator. On Saturday evening, indeed, theuudience were so enthusiastic in-their applause that the curtain had to be raised three times on the scene Lynton is snatched from a watery grave. With his escape and return to his native place comes practically the end of the drama, for the villainy of his persecutors ie speedily exposed, and they are duly dragged off to'prison amid the execrations of all the true sailors and honest people of 'all classes in the neighborhood. It must not be supposed from this outline of the drama that there are no female characters in it, or that there is no love-making; there are any number of the former, and plenty of love and jealousy business in consequence. Mr Carey plays in open, manly,

and hearty style as Prank Lynton. Mr Bateman makes a genuine hit in the part of the tract • distributing villain Reuben Martock, and is well supported by Mr Jerden as his fellowconspirator, Lawrence Horton. Mr Griffiths is cast very happily as Sam Bratton, a jovial old fisherman, with a strong predilection for rum and greatly given to the utterance of wise saws—nautical and otherwise, Mr Vivian has in the part of Tony Ugloe one after his own heart, it being a genuinely funny one, and it is therefore needless to say that he amuses the audience highly, The principal Indv parts arc these of tin' hero'x false- sweetheart, i'rwe r.ruttou, f:iirly played liy Miss Tennyson ; Jii.-i tine sweetheart ami ultimate bride, M'lgtfiV Itenver, delineated with miirli dramatic, foree, by Alius Vivian; and Tony's particular fancy, Bessie Pmmmer, who finds a lively representative in Miss Wilton. This last-named young lady danced a hornpipe in capital style during the progress of the play, and was heartily encored for the same; while Tony and Frank Lynton each sang a song that received due recognition. 'Missing at Lloyd's' will be played this evening and to-morrow, after which there will be another change of progamme.

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MISSING AT LLOYD'S.', Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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MISSING AT LLOYD'S.' Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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