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Mr Charles Warner and his dramatic company arrived to-day, and open at tho Princess’s on Thursday night in Pettitt’a play of ‘ Hands Across the Sea.’ The company is a particularly strong one, and, as the pieces which will bo produced during the season will have Mr Warner's personal supervision, it may be taken for granted that they will be staged with much attention to detail. The plot of the play selected for the opening is us follows: “ The story opens with a farmyard scene in Devonshire, and it is one of the faults of tho drama that this act almost comprises in itself a complete play. Lilian Melford’s rejection of Robert Stillwood, her sordid guardian’s unprincipled son, her subsequent confession of love for sturdy Jack Dudley, her guardian’s attempt to separate the lovers, and her long-absent father’s unexpected return from Australia just in time to discomfit the mercenary guardian-all this is a complete play in itself, and by no means a bad comedy-drama at that. But With tho opening of the second act an entirely new play has to be commenced. The mercenary guardian has disappeared from the scene, the lovers are married and living in Paris, and the only thread connecting us with tho motive of the first act is the appearance on the scene of Robert Stillwood, who actively exerts his diabolical ingenuity to bring about tho ruin of his exrival, Jack Dudley. It is unnecessary to describe the means through which he arrives at the accomplishment of this purpose. Suffice it to say that tho hero becomes convicted of a murder committed by Stillwood, and is sentenced to death. In tho third scene of tho third act tho hero, under grossly improbable circumstances, makes his escape from the condemned cell, and this preposterous improbability is rendered all tho more gratuitously absurd by the fact that in tho very next scene Lilian appears with a reprieve for her husband. Tho fourth act is laid on board the ship which is carrying Lilian to Australia. The villain, Stillwood, still would pursue her, and when Jack Dudley, having escaped from tho French penal settlement in New Caledonia, appears on board tho ship, it is Stillwood who betrays him to the French sailors in chase of him. Tho English captain, however, plays up strongly in the ‘ Britons never shall be slaves ’ vein, and, to the intense delight of tho audience, defies the Frcnchies to come and take their prisoner. In tho last act tho villain is exposed, all in tho old, sweet way ; and the hero and heroine arc happy ever afterwards. The comedy scenes of the play arc said to bo exceptionally good, and the dialogue is in many cases actually witty enough to evoke genuine and hearty laughter. The secondary plot of the play is said to constitute in itself a very pretty comedy—extremely humorous in its development and tenderly pathetic in its simple climax. Tho scenery is spoken of as being very fine, the principal vi ow _thatof Sydney Harbor—being characterised as a ‘ highly effective, bright, and clever bit of work.’” Mr Warner will be supported by Misses Warner, Constance Deorwyn, Georgio Lcigbford, Lilian Clitheroe, Agnes Wayne, Florence Thornton, Gertie Fraser; Messrs R. Stewart, Oily Deering, Alfred Phillips, J. P. West, Frank Stephenson, Alfred Woods, J. A. Paterson, W, W. Rice, J. A. Fraser, James Barker, A. S. Greene, and Harry Rowe.

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MR WARNER'S SEASON., Evening Star, Issue 8032, 8 October 1889

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MR WARNER'S SEASON. Evening Star, Issue 8032, 8 October 1889