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' One of the Best' was played again last evening, another fine representation being given. The frequent applause of the audience was a gratifying testimony to the. merits of this stirring drama, and the efforts of the principal performers were warmly acknowledged; and the orchestra lent able assistance. * One of the Best' is to be played to-night for the last time. ' THE DERBY WINNER.' .The Bland Holt Company's play to-morrow evening will be a reproduction of Sir Augustus Harris s last and greatest Drury Lane success. He undertook a share of the authorship with Messrs Cecil Raleigh and Henry Hamilton, and altogether they turned out one of the smartest and best-constructed dramas London playgoers have had for many years, the leading pressmen the time in most complimentary lines. The plot affords opportunity for some specially effective and striking soehes, opening with an ideal representation of an English country house party at the home of the Barl of Desborough, who has the good fortune to be the owner of the subsequent winner of the great raoe of the world, the English Derby. The second scene shows an early morning trial of some? of his lordship's and other owners' racehorses,' and an interesting scene between the leading people of the play. A magnificent scene depicting aTegimental ball at i ork will be, judging from its reception in Melbourne and Sydney, one of the finest things ever put upon a New Zealand stsge; a number of exciting situations piss through a great London hotel, the Law Courts, a sale of racehorses at Tattersall's, a cottage'on the Thames, and the famous Epsom Downs, with the contest for the blue riband of the turf. Dunedin audiences have already a plea-. Bant acquaintance with Drury Lane productions, the 'Life of Pleasure f and *Prod'gal Daughter' being vividly remembered to this day. It is quite safe to predict even greater success for the ' Derby Winner.'

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THE PRINCESS'S THEATRE., Evening Star, Issue 10434, 1 October 1897

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THE PRINCESS'S THEATRE. Evening Star, Issue 10434, 1 October 1897