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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES., Issue 8042, 19 October 1889
Hugo's Minstrels open in Dunedin off November 26, Exhibition opening day; the tfrank Thornton ' Private Secretary' Compart appear on Boxing Night; and the WHliamooi), (Earner, and Musgrove Opera Company commence their season with •Dorothy' or 'Princess Ida' about tba middle of March. . Thirty thousand people paid for admissioß to the Baby Show at Melbourne on opening day/ Frank Lincoln, the hum&nst, is now at Napier; the Bland Holt Company are at Wellington; Harry Rickards's Combination hold the boards at Christchurch; and the performing fleas are in Wanganui. The Simonsen Company's retnr» season at Christchurch, despite the reduced prices, was a» "frost." Melbourne would not lake kindly to Ibsenionv and 'A Doll's House' waa an, artistic failure £he»e.
Charles Holloway'ir throat has beengwing him so much trouble of late that he baa been obliged to sever his connection with Bland Holt's company and return, to Melbourne.
Cherries Arnold netted L4i,sWby bis Australian tonr. The Vocal wore of Mr Cowea's new cantata (libretto by Mr Joseph Beaaett) i» entitled ' Old English Idyll,' and is a bright, graceful poem in three scenes, embodying ajsimple village story in the time of Charlea
11. Mr Charles Arnold has returned to London, after a year's remarkably successful tour in Australia with ' Hans the Boatman/ He will leave shortly for America, where he is engaged for a lengthy tomv Mr Arnold professes himself so pleased with Australia that he thinks It not unlikely he may eventually settle' down there. The subject of Gilbert and Sußivan'a forthcoming opera, ft is whispered, is old English, and of the sixteenth centuryReport has it that Dion Boucicault anoC Miss Thornflyke are on the "outs" just now, and the white-haired old deceiver iabeing driven about New York by a fresher and newer damsel than Miss Robertson's ! successor.'
The following is the holding capacity of some of the principal London Tbtatres:— Britannia, 2,972; Standard, 2,878; Brury Lane. 2,731; Her Majesty's, 2,444; Astley's, 2,407; Co vent Garden, 2,299; Elephant and Castle, 2,283; Alhambra, 2,208; and Surrey, 2,161'. Toole's Theatre is the smallest in London.Miss Louise Moodie, the London actress, met with a curious mishap during one of the rehearsals of Mr efohn Uniacke's new play, ' The Marquesa,' which was prodaeed at the Opera Comique on July 11. As the Marquesa Mibs Moodie has to pot a glass, supposed to contain poison, to her lip*. The stage had been set in an impromptu manner, and to represent the glass of laudanum the property man, in his haste, bad put a cup containing some very powerful osment with which he was repairing some small articles. As soon as the eemenfc touched Miss Moodie's mouth, she of course put down the cap, but not before her lipe had become literally "sealed," and so strong waß the adhesion of the cement that it was. some little time before she again obtained "freedom of speech" and could continue the rehearsal.
One of the many good stories about Mdme. Sara Bernhardt goes: When the decree of divorce between the fickle tragedienne and her faithless Damala was officially pronounced, a sympathetic friend hastened to her hotel—it was daring her last London campaign—to offer her sympathetic congratulations. Judge, then, of his surprise when on entering the boudoir of the lovely one, he found her lying back in a> big chair, with M. Damala extended in an. attitude of romantic devotion at her feet. " You seem surprised, my dear friend ! w interrogated Sara, with a lovely smile. The perplexed gentleman hinted that under the circumstances he had not expected to encounter M. Damala in bis present situation, above all in his present attitude. " Ah, bah ! " said Sara. "It explains itself. We are not obliged by law to be affectionate now. It is not a duty, but a pleasure to be agreeable to each other." The New York correspondent of the 'Tasmanian Mail,' in describing Chinese drama, thus refers to an entertainment given in the city by the Celestials: — " Think of a tragedy in 149 acts, and a musical comedy in 298. None of your • Patience,' or • Pinafore,' or • Pirates of Penzance,' that is all over in a conple of hours, but a good solid musical entertainment that will last you for six months, and then, like Oliver Twist, make yon ask for more. There is a delightful unconventionally about Chinese drama which is very refreshing. During the performance of the * Warrior Life and Deeds of the Great Chung Hi Foo Lun Kee,' one of the orchestra, which sits at the back of the stage on a raised platform, felt a flea in his stocking. He stopped in the middle of an exquisite solo on his brazen tom-tom, and went for that flea. He was a hustler from Hustlerville, and he made it so lively for that flea that no doubt he wished himself back on the banks of the Yang Wy Foo. A thundering burst of applause rewarded the capture, and it was certainly one of the most interesting features of the performance."
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES., Issue 8042, 19 October 1889
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