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Tho Dunedin Shakespeare Club is one of tho local organisations who have gradually but surely taken their place in tho front rank of public favor. Wars ago. content with a small hall, ami delighted to he able to till it with subscribers and the i'ew outsiders who interested themselves in the study of the bard, they have now to provide seating accommodation for an audience of such dimensions that His Majesty's Theatre only just fdls the requirements. And it is by sheer merit of their performances that the club have attained this position. Tho play chosen for last night's reading was 'King Henry V 111.,' from the first four acts of which a judicious selection was made. In a manner one of the least satisfactory of the immortal author's works, ' Henry VIII.' yet contains many striking passages, and two characters stand out in bold relief— Sueen Catherine, dignified, womanly, together noble in her sorrow; and Cardinal Wolsey, for a time all-power-ful, but crafty and scheming, and finally weak in misfortune. As Katherine, Miss Ivah Cran, a lady well known as a consistent prize-winner at the local competitions, was a complete success. Indeed, her presentation of the character was an artistic treat; tho quiet dignity of the gentlewoman, the impassioned denunciation of Wolsey, and the pathos of her appeal to the King being admirably portrayed. The character of Cardinal Wolsey, that singular compound of opposites (> gives ample scope for some fine elocutionary work, and Mr A. C. Hanlou grasped the opportunity with all his accustomed skill. The crafty capability in tho early and prosperous stage of his career, and the oozing of his courage, the palpable weakness, when adversity falls upon him, wore handled by Mr II an lon in a manner that left nothing at all to bo desired. Especially effective was his iinal scene with Cromwell in act iii,, when, broken and disgraced, j the once powerful cardinal recognises ' his mistakes and gives noble advico to his faithful sen-ant: "Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition ; by that sin fell the angels." Mr S. H. Osborn was sufficiently dignified as the King; little beyond that phase of Henry's character was required in the portions of the play chosen for the leading. Of the other members of the cast, Miss Mazongarh ("Anno Bullen) and Miss Short (Lady of the Court) were excellent in their little scene together. Owing to the unavoidable absence of Mr Robinson and Mrßrickell the oast hod to undergo some slight alterations, Mr Morton reading the part of Cardinal Campeius—and reading it very well indeed—while Mr Fleming doubled the parts of the Duke of Norfolk and Griffith in a manner which clearly indicated a deep and sympathetic " study of the whole play. Other parts' were sustained by Mr E. J. Smith tDuke of Suffolk), Mr W. H. Hunter (Duke of Buckingham and Cromwell), Mr C. Groves (Lord Chamberlain), Mr A. J. M'Callum (Surveyor), and Mr W. B. Quennell (Brandon), while Mrs Wakefield Holmes acted as Chorus.' During the interval Mrs R. A. Power sang acceptably, and had to respond to an encore. - Miss Lizzie H'Laren was the accompanist.

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KING HENRY VIII., Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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KING HENRY VIII. Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914