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Before eight o'clock last night the pit and stalls of the Princess's Theatre were full to overflowing, and many of the late arrivals t->ok crossed tickets for upstairs, thus making up a largo attendance in the circle as well. The attraction was Mr Bland Holt'a last change duritg the ourrent season, the picturesque and powerful drama, «The Golden Ladder.' When played here six years pgo this piece was very well received, and, though Dunsrlin has in tho interval seen better dramas of the same class—mostly produced by Mr Holt—the old favorite met with a cordial welcome, the large audience sitting out and watohing with interest the effective scenes wherein the familiar story of villainy and virtue at cross purpotos in regard to the fate of the hero and heroine are graphically depicted by. means of capable acting, pretty scenery, and stage devices—the product of a perfect army of auxiliaries. Though it may be contended that as a whole 'The GoUen Ladder' doe 3 not compare favorably with, for instance, 'The Derby Winner,' the last-named being a superior work in every respect to the ordinary run of melodrama, it may fairly be said of ' The Golden Ladder' that it is the pretty piece of Mr Holt's present repertory. Charming scenery is presented throughout, and par" ticular praise can be bestowed on the opening view (of a flower garden round a banker's house) and of the enchanting Madagasom scene, these being in the tcenio artist's best style. Tho acting, as is always the case with this company, proved conclusively that the parts had been thoroughly studied, not only to master the words, but also to fathom and elucidate their meaning. The Rev. Frank Thornhill, the missionary, who is plotted against and agcused of murder because of the jealousy of his rival, was played by Mr Baker in a manly and unstagy manner; Mr Albert Norman represented with his accustomed skill the flouted lover who" conspires for revenge j Mr Cosgrove gave a clever sketoh of a French adventurer who ia allied with tho scoundrelly villain; that versatile actor, Mr Charleß Brown, assumed with success the r&'e of a clerk who succumbs to temptation and eventually lends himself for hire as aa assassin j and Mr Corlesse was thoroughly at home in the representation of a banker who is brought to ruin by his setyants' perfidy. &lr Holt's part was that of the eccentric Mr Peokaby, a Hampstead confectioner,, and, though rather out of his line, the' popular manager made the character interesting, amusing, and in some degree pathetic. Mrs Holt assumed the juvenile lead iu takiDg the part of LiliaD, the banker's daughter who marries the missionary, and in this capacity, dropping for onca in a way the rollicking fun which she knows so well how to make, Mrs Holt played with considerable force and consistent pleasantness, earning applause which was thoroughly deserved. Miss Flora Anstead. Miss F.itzaiaurice Gill, and Miss Adela Kerr were also happily cast. ' The Golden Ladder'. will bo played again this evening, thus bringing the season to its close.

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MR BLAND HOLT'S COMPANY., Issue 10450, 21 October 1897

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MR BLAND HOLT'S COMPANY. Issue 10450, 21 October 1897

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