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At the Princess’s Theatre this evening ‘ The Derby Winner’ will carry off the Blue Riband for the last time. Last night’s house, in spite of election meetings and other opposing influences, was an extremely large one, the downstairs portion being crowded in every part. In this drama, Mr Holt has undoubtedly presented the Dunedin public with a remarkably brilliant play, and those who miss seeing the production are without question depriving themselves of an exceptional treat. To-morrow evening ‘For England’ will fill the bill. The author of the piece is Mr Sutton Vane, whose ‘Span of Life,’ produced here during Mr Holt’s last visit, made such a great success. ‘ For England ’ was the Holts’ Christmas attraction at the Melbourne Royal, and so well was it received that it ran to immense business for seven weeks. It is described as being wonderfully picturesque in scenic effects, while its story is ooe of the most thrilling and stirring description. The narrative introduces a number of incidents associated with the Boer struggle for independence, and, as Mr \ ane was an actual witness of many of the scenes depicted, their correctness and conformity with fact may be relied upon. 1 For England 5 is necessarily restricted to a few representations, as Mr Holt’s arrangecall for the production of other novelties before the conclusion of his season.

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MR BLAND HOLT’S COMPANY, Evening Star, Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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MR BLAND HOLT’S COMPANY Evening Star, Issue 10439, 7 October 1897