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To-night at the Princess’s Theatre Mr Bland Holt will Unfurl for the first time in New Zealand the new. drama by Henry Pettitt and Sydney Grundy, ‘ The Union Jack,’ Mr Holt brings with him a really first-class company, and neither time, labor, nor money has been spared to secure a proper representation of the piece. It is an exciting play of domestic interest, in which representatives of - “ tho service ” figure prominently. The hero (Jack Medway) is a sailor who, on returning from a long voyage, find* that his only sister has been betrayed by an officer in the army. Although unable to meet her brother withou?confessing her shame, Ruth will not reveal ./the name of her betrayer. After au attempt to cast the blame upon a young lieutenant has failed, Jack discovers the wrongdoer in Captain Morton, and at once strikes him, Under tho regulations of Her Majesty’s service the sailor is arrested and tried by court-martial for tho offence, While tho Court is deliberating on board ship another scene with Morton occurs, and Jack, after strewing the stage with marines, makes hia escape by leaping from the vessel. Morton’s treachery to Ruth is only an incident of hia villainy, since he enters into a compact with Sir Philip Yorke, according to which the pair of rascals resolve to wed two heiresses. These orphan sisters, Ethel and Ivy Arden, are each entitled to L 30.000, and are the wards of Sir Philip; and the persecutions they endure ere the goal of matrimonial happiness is reached keep the spectators in a state of eager excitement. Ultimately Sir Philip stabs Morton, and Jack for a time labors under the suspicion of being the murderer; but the mystery is cleared up, and virtue triumphs—the brave-hearted sailor clasping the band of tho soldier whose life he saved in battle, and in a few ringing words extolling the flag under which they have fought. The rapidity of the action and the ingenious complications of the plot give the piece an especial charm. We are requested to state that the performance will commence each evening at a quarter to eight sharp.

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THE BLAND HOLT SEASON., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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THE BLAND HOLT SEASON. Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889