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[B? Cam, Boy.J ..Dante' ia' simbly,coining l lrioney at St George'B Hall, Melbourne,- and o&fsHevalli (Kickards's latest' expensive importation) and, a good, company are Bringing in the shekels at the Bijou! The Southwell Comic Opera Company, who" have replaced the Melba-Ellis Opera Company a.t Monaco's. Grand Opera-house, ban Francisco',,will visit Australia at the latter end of this year. - Fredgi, ,the quick-change artist, ventured on an audacious piece of mimicry the other day at Rome, when he "took off" King Humbert at the Constanzi Theatre, in the presence of Queen Marguerite and her mother, the Dowager Duchess of Genoa. Ihe Royal ladies are reported to have been literally convulsed with laughter at the excellence of the imitation. The audience rose and gave the Queen an ovation in recognition of Iter good sense in laughing at the mimicry, instead of being offended thereby. .A late cable in the Australian papers stAtes that Madame Sarah Bernhardt has produced ' Hamlet' at her new theatre in Paris, the Theatre Bernhatdt. Her impersonation of the Prince of Denmark as a "frail mystic" was a wonderful achievement. She was. to have appeared in the part in the Adelphi, London, this week.. A theatre to contain 1,200 people is being constructed at Altorf, in Switzerland, for the. production in July and August of Schiller's, drama ,* William Tell.' According to the legend, it was this town which witnessed the exploits of William Tell and his companions. .... The business of play piracy is likely to receive a decided check in America, since there is every prospect of the Bill to protect plays not copyrighted, now before the Aew York State Legislature, becoming law. The object of. the measure is to make the misappropriation of any .play a misdemeanor. Mr Walter Baker, who is not in ,the cast of Bland. Holt's latest production ('How London Liyes'), is enjoying a well-earned rest in Melbourne. His wife is in very bad health. . J '

. The Flying Gordons contemplate a return visit to the colonies. At latest advices they were successfully touting Java. _ The popularity of 'The Belle of New York' at Her Majesty's, Sydney, shows no signs of abatement.

After touring Northern Queensland Fitzgeralds' Circus will again do New Zealand. Tom says he can't be induced to travel this way till after the General Election is over. That was the snag, too, which induced the Broughs to postpone their visit for three months.

The Broughs find business in Sydney ?c profitable that they have abandoned their Brisbane dates. ' The Liars' is their latest success.

Fanny Liddiard was "resting" at latest dates, having twisted her knee while dancing in " The Firm's " London production of 'The Belle of New York.'

Harry Coghill is organising a company to tour the Negr South Wales country districts with 'ln Town' and 'The Gaietv Girl.'

According to a contemporary Walter Bentley has joined the literary staff of the Sydney 'Star.'

The idea of publishing a newspaper in connection with a theatre has actually been realised. Mr Robert Arthur, of the Kennington Theatre, and the manager of a number of provincial houses, has produced a weekly organ under the title of ' Round the Table, or The Arthurian Legend.' MiArthur regards a journal as an almost necessary adjunct of a suburban theatre, which, ho says, has created its own clientele, and he contends that the regular frequenters will attach themselves to a church. The habitues, as well as members of the profession, will be invited to contribute to the columns of the journal, which, of course, will deal with matters theatrical.

Mr E. Rowland Staveley (Mr E. R. Sincock, of this City), who has been playing second parts with the Florence Seymour Company at Hobart, has joined George Rignold's Company at Sydney. The latter arc at present engaged in a round of Shakespearian revivals. How that immortal ballard ' Little Billee' Was composed is told in Mrs Ritchie's last volume of ' Thackerayana.' There was n dinner of artists at Bertini's, in Rome, with Thackeray in the chair, and he was called on for a song amid cries of " Viva Titmarsh !" " Our great friend assured us lfc was unable to sing, but would endeavor tc make amends by a recitation, if some one in i the meantime would make a beginning. Whilst a few, therefore, on the right of tht chair were tantalising the company by a tortured version of one of Calcott's glees, Titmarsh, busy with his tablets, produced the affecting narrative of the 'Three Sailors,' of which he soon after delivered himself in a fittingly lugubrious tone of voice." Miss L'ouie Fveear, the actress, who recently went to New York, had an amusing experience with the Custom-house officials about the value of her wardrobe. Hearing that a leading actress was on board the incoming steamer, the zealous officials boarded her, with the express idea of ransacking "Sister Mary Jane's" habiliments for all they were worth. But as Miss Freear, when asked the value of her stage robes, answered " About threepence," they suspected a hidden desire to smuggle existed on the part of the lady, and promptly turned out all her belongings, with the result that the pier was strewn with torn and dirty aprons, wilted caps, broken boots, and patched gingham gowns. Miss Freear's specialty being " slaveys" of the Marchioness type, her " wardrobe " was hardly more extensive than the traditional ballet girl's, which went by post for a twopenny stamp. Mrs Bandmann-Palmer has been telling a ' Westminster' representative how she came to play Hamlet, which she is now doing on tour. "It was no whim of mine," she said, "to masquerade in man's apparel that led me to play Hamlet. The play had always been to me Shakespeare's masterpiece. I read it as a girl, and studied it far into womanhood, till I found the strange, wayward, complex, and often incomprehensible character take possession of me. Then came an irresistible longing to play the part, and, finally, the determination to do it. The study and performance of Hamlet has been a rich experience to me, for the assumption of a male role imposes new demands upon an actress which bring out all her histrionic power. It is not like playing the sportive Rosalind or Portia; in Hamlet one has largely to unsex one's self." Bishop Eden, of Winchester, has raised a precious hornet's nest about his ears by nouncing Pinero's new comedy ' The Gay Lord Quex' as the " most immoral • stage play that had ever disgraced " the English stage. The effect of the episcopal denunciation was to give the new piece a tremendous advertisement, which managers were not slow to take full advantage of. The people simply flocked to see the naughty play, and Manager Hare rubbed his hands with grateful glee. The newspapers teemed with leters pro and con, and the piece was soon the talk of the town. Then the bishop made matters worse by trying to explain away his condemnation—he had not meant to be so severe; he had not seen the play itself, and had founded his criticism on what he had read in some of the papers, and that he had now reason to believe had been " purposely exaggerated." Said the Bishop of Wakefield: " Perhaps what I objected to most was the class of people to whom this play appeals. It is to my own class in life, and the men and women in that class are particularly, especially just at this moment, in great need of restraining, not exciting and corrupting influences. I felt that I must, as a member of the National Church, cry out against a great evil." Those who side with the bishop are demanding that the censorship of plays shall vest in the London County Council and cognate bodies. Mr George Musgrove, who looks nearly as ill as Sir Henry Irving, says that' The Belle of New York' will run another year, but our Xondon correspondent misdoubts business lasting through August and September should the weather be hot.

Mr Arthur Appleby (erstwhile of Christchurch) is still in very weak health. He was to have played in Seymour Hicks's Merry-go-round in London, but, after a rehearsal or two, found himself not strong enough to go on. He is very unfortunate in missing the summer season, and is likely to be " resting " until the companies go out on their autumn tours. ,

"Dot" Boucicault is certainly most unlucky. ' A Court Scandal,' which looked like running through the season at bis, theatre

in London, has suddenly given out, and the*, management nave now to put on anothernew pie ce> , to be ealled ' Wheels Within: Wheels. -

Miss Hilda Spong has signed, a two-years'* engagement to tour- in the United States, but will go over to London to see her parents* X *»< weeks in August, returning for tfte fall-season. Mr Spong has picture* in several ttf the summer exhibitions, and more scene painting on hand than he can well get through. But, Ik is- likely to be a sufferer in consequence of Oscar Barrett's failure, as he did a good deal of work for that Wr fortunate impresario. r tbe bigh prices charged at the LydiaThompson benefit, several Australians and-New Zealanders patronised the (dross circle and stalls. On dit that Mr "W> KD'Arcy sent 100 guineas for a Ix>x, anfrtliafc Lord Onslow, Lord Jersey, and Mr; Heaton were in the house. Amongst the performers were, of course, countless.favorites "down under," from Mrs "Bernie" Beere, Nellie Fan-en, Jennie Lee, Beatrice Lamb, Lctty Lmd, Genevieve Ward, and several men* bers of the Brough family to Herbert Standing, Cosmo Stuart, Harrv Monkhouse, and a long string of comedians. The 'British Australasian' makes a mistake in saying that Lydia Thompson was herself at one time in Australia. The writer has confounded her with her sister Clara (Mrs Henry "Bracy).

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FOOTLIGT FLASHES., Evening Star, Issue 10955, 10 June 1899, Supplement

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