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THE WARNER SEASON.

Patrons of tho Princess's Theatre who were not satisfied with last night's bill of fare mußt, indeed, be of an exacting disposition. Two plays like ' Dora' and ' The Lady of Lyons' are not often submitted for the same evening, and it was pleasing to note that the audience was one worthy of the occasion—-the house being, in fact, filled in all parts, The curtain was rung up on * Dora,' which went swimmingly, Mr Warner's rendering of Farmer Allan, the man of unbending will, stamping him as a sterling actor. At the close of the drama he was called before the curtain, and it is no mere figure of speech to say that he received a perfect ovation—the plaudits of the audience continuing for some minutes. Bulwer Lytton's fine play ' The Lady of Lyons' is always a favorite with theatregoers, and the fact that it had not been produced here for a few years invested last night's performance with a degree of freshness. Between Farmer Allan and the poetic lover, Melnotte, there is a great contrast, and it speaks volumes for Mr Warner's versatility that he was so successful in the second venture. Owing to the length of the programme the pruning knife had to be applied to the latter portion of the play; but sufficient was shown to stamp Mr Warner's performance among the best Melnottes seen in tho colonies. Mr Hambro made a rattling Beauseant, and Mr Stewart a suitable Glavis, while the blustering Damas left nothing to be desired in the hands of Mr Deering. But the success of the piece was undoubtedly scored by Miss Gracie Warner. This young lady has not hitherto had anything like tho scope for acting that is afforded her as tho haughty Paulina, and the manner in* which she acquitted herself was really marvellous considering that she has not been two years on the stage. Her performance throughout—especially in the cottage scene —was a remarkably praiseworthy one, and quite justifies Mr Warner's belief that a great future in her profession awaits his daughter and pupil. We are pleased to be able to writo in this strain, becaußO hitherto —poßßibly for tho want of the opportunity— Miss Warner had not given indication of tho possession of that great dramatic power which she evinced last evening. Miss Austen was sufficiently amusing as Madame Deschappelles, and Miss Deorwyn made a satisfactory Widow Melnotte. 'Captain Swift' will be produced for the first time in this colony to-night.

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THE WARNER SEASON., Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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THE WARNER SEASON. Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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