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After an absence from Dunedin of about three years, Mr Harry Rickards is about to revisit us, bringing with him an entirely new combination, with which he appears at the Princess's on Wednesday evening. The entertainment will begin with the amusing comedy ' Ma-in-Law,' the scenery for which has been specially prepared from the brush of Messrs George Gordon, J. S. Willis, and others. The story of the comedy is easily followed. Fred Neville, a young Life Guardsman, is on the eve of his departure for the Crimea, and he invites his fiancee and her mother and a few particular friends to an evening party, which is held in the drawing room of his palatial establishment. Dull care and all thoughts of the ensuing campaign are banished for the time, and the moments speed merrily with songs and the irresistibly comic scenes in which the prospective mother -in • law plays a prominent part. Then we are introduced to a country lane in England, and witness the last sad farewell said between Neville (Mr Rickards) and the girl of his affections; while the nest scene presented is the historic battlefield of the Crimea, where Neville meets the soldier's glorious fate, and is buried. The scenery throughout is in Mr Gordon's Tery best style, and includes magnificent views of Hungerford Bridge and Westminster Abbey. In addition to the comedy company proper, Mr Rickards brings with him twelve* special artists, recently engaged in England for an Australian season. Mr James Bell was for many years the leading spirit in Bell's Minstrels, who made their name in the English provinces; Miss. Marian Constance is a banjoist and danseuse; Miss Ada Delroy is certain to establish herself a prime favorite with her jodelling, that attractive* and romantic vocal music peculiar to the Swiss guide. Then there are the Liliputiatt Midgets; Pat and Ella Murphy, Irish: character delineators; the brothers Lopez, the talented mandolin and guitar songsters and instrumentalists of the Spanish Students, who were secured after that troupe disbanded; Mr Davys, who was a member of the London Opera Comique ; Misses George Devoe and Katie Rickards, Mr Fred Terrace, and Harry Rickards, burlesque artißts. Notwithstanding that the combination is an unusually strong one, Mr Rickards proposes to revolutionise the theatrical business by playing at million prices. He has just conducted most successful seasons in Melbourne and at the Broken Hills, and is now building; a large theatre for his own use in Bourke street, in the Victorian capital.

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THE RICKARDS COMBINATION., Evening Star, Issue 8018, 21 September 1889

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THE RICKARDS COMBINATION. Evening Star, Issue 8018, 21 September 1889