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This combination is to reappear at the Princess's Theatre next Saturday, after an absenca from Dunedin of eighteen years. The company's last undertaking was an extended tour through the East, where, by all accounts, they were well received. The familiar names, to us, in the company, are MrT: Hudson and Mr Wallace King. Mr T. Hudson oamo here first as the "star" —and a bright star, too —of a capable minstrel company ; Mr King will be remembered as an educated tenor singer. The other members of the company come well recommended. The Shanghai ' Daily News,' speaking of a performance in May last to what was termed "a two thousand dollar house," wrote thus • " The many witticisms, jokes, quips and cranks, the fun in the Bketches, and the Qcmio songs simply kept the house in an almost continual laughter, being only broken when departures in the form of the entertainment were made in the way of serio songs and instrumental music The entertainment aptly deserved its being ohristened a variety one, for the audience at one moment listened to the latest comic songs from the London music hall, then a nigger minstrel sketch or an equilibrist performance, succeeded by vocal quartets and solos of a refined character. In the social gathering Miss Lillie Linton made a very winning and able conversationalist, and Tommy Hudson made a splendid corner man, and for the nonce some orginal smart jokes were forthcoming. The choruses were excellently rendered, and the performers number some very fine voices. The Thornton Sisters in their song and dance medley 'Jubilation' sung charmingly and danced equally well, being twice encored. Messrs M'Kisson and Kearns in a negro acrobatic song and dance gave a very clever performance and they were recalled, but it may be as well to state that every artist was encored. Miss Lillian Stanbridge surprissd the audience by her rendering of 'By the fountain,' she possessing a very clear and strong soprano of wide rajige, and the praise was bestowed on her was also accorded to Miss Violet Elliott, who saDg ' The mighty deep.' Miss Elliott possesses an excellent mezzo of a very wide compass, and she was deservedly encored. Probably the greatest surprise of the evening was the solo by Mr Wallace King, who sang 'Sally Horner' in one of the clearest and finest tenors we have had the pleasure of hearing in the East. Whilst possessing a remarkably fine voice, Mr King, it is evident, has had the benefit of a thorough, education in singing by a master in his earlier days in New York. After a short interval the performance was renewed, and Altro gave a very wonderful performance with a few " Aquarius " bottle 3. Misa Hay Habgood is too well known in the South as a brilliant pianist to need any further commendation. Her technique and skill were far beyond the reach of the pianist usually associated with variety companies visiting the Eist, and her performance gave the greatest pleasure to lovers of fine music." Since the above was written Messrs Watkins and Sherwin, who do a taking musical act, have joined the company.

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HUDSON'S SURPRISE PARTY., Evening Star, Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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HUDSON'S SURPRISE PARTY. Evening Star, Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement