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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
HIS MAJESTY'S THEATBE. Lflst evening the 'Humpty Dutnply' Pantomime Company again drew a good house. The scenery ana stage effects are gorgeous, especially the tableaux before the finale, when tho Allies are represented ana "Jade" sings 'The Empire is Calling.' The acrobats (Lennon, Hyman, and Lennon) were encored again and again, their tumbling feats being wonderful and full of comedy. Throughout the entertainment runs a vein of humor, which is kept going by Tiddly Wink and Widow Buttercup. This morning tho company went through the City on lorries to collect for patriotic purposes. A matinee for the children was given this afternoon, and this evening the company will appear for the last time. HAYWARDS 1 PICTURES. •The Wrath of tho Gods' is a, story full of exciting incidents and thrilling situations; and this, added to the latest war pictures, the Toledo travel film, and a screamingly funny " Heeza Liar" adventure, form an attractive programme at the Octagon HalL Next week the photo play of 'Homo, Sweet Home' will bo screened, and this promises to be a treat that should not be missed. FULLERS' PICTURES, Extensive alterations have been effected at the King's Theatre. The entrance has been enlarged, altered, and decorated, and is a decided improvement, while a new system of lighting the interior has been introduced Tho management announce a new departure in connection with their time of showing. From Monday this theatre will be conducted as a straightout continuous picture palace, commencing daily at 1.50 p.m., and closing, without break, at 10 p.m. A new programme has been provided for next week. To-day will be the last opportunity of seeing the current programme, which includes the latest war pictures, the Xordisk drama 'A Woman's Wav,' and 'Abide With Me.' QUEEN'S THEATRE. The splendid Keystone production ' The Property Man' will be screened for the last time to-night. Charles Chaplin, prince of comedians, is seem at his best, and is admittedly the greatest mirthmaker on the cinematograph stage. PLAZA PICTURES. The latest budget of war pictures are attracting hig audiences to the continuous picture theatre m George street. The other films include 'Blue Peter's Escape' idranu), and others equally interesting. KINO EDWARD THEATRE. Tho exciting drama 'The Wrath of the Gods' continues to attract tho South Dunedin picture-show lovers to the King Edward Theatre. It is thrilling enough for anything, and wonderfully realistic. 'A Six-foot Romance ' is very funny, and the ' t'iaumont Graphic' includes some very interesting war pictures. 'HOME, SWEET HOME.' • At the Octagon on Monday evening will bo scon the first presentation of tho screen play • Homo, Swoot Home,' which is doscribed as a photo drama of appealing world-wide .sentiment and of beautiful motive, imbued with the renins of the great 1). W. Griffiths, the world's paramount picture-producer. 'J his picture of the song that h.-.s reached all hearts is shown in six reels, in all ti.OOOft, There are six acts. T'i" first discloses the romantic aii'i adventurous career of John Howard Payne, author, actor, and composer, a.-hamed of his mother and sweetheart, and closes with the mother's prayer. The second act finds him friendless, penniless, and far from home. Payne writes his immortal song ' Homo. Sweet Home.' and then follows his lone, tragic death. Act .'1 shows the influence'of the song years later. On one hand there are riches without love, on. the other love without liohes; the magic melody of home decides. Saved from the gallows by tho song is the. noxt incident. Act o presents the hour of temptation for a young wife, but the strains of 'Home, Sweet, Home' avo.-t lifelong misery and sorrow. Then follows Payne's resurrection ; hi* sins atoned by the sacred inilu Mice of the song. Tho accompanying orchestral music includes vocal solo, guitar solo, accordion solo, and violin solo. The: box plans are, now npc;i at the Dresden, where, seats can be booked for any night of the season. GEORGE WILLOUGHBY DRAMATIC: COMPANV. The firm of George Willotighby, Limited, seem determined to keep up their reputation and fulfil their promise of continuously catering for tho amusement of New Zcalanders. They have already had three, companies in the Dominion this year, and are now sending a fourth. The holiday attraction "will bo a. dramatic combination headed by Mr George Cross and Miss Vera, Remee, and tho supporting members have, been appearing in tho Adelphi Theatre, Sydney, for the past three or four months. The repertoire will embrace ' Tho Ever Open Door,' by George Sims ; the great war drama, " ' Under Two Flags,' dramatised from Otiida's well-known novel of that name; and Alexander Dumas fils evergreen drama ' C'amillo.' The scenery has all been painted for these plays by Mr John S. Maun, who the firm brought from America some three or four years ago ; and there is some beautiful work among the different cloths and flats which will all bo brought over to present each drama in the sumo efficient manner as was done in Sydney. The New Zealand tour will begin at His Majesty's Theatre on Boxing Night, and tlie box plan will open on Tuesday at tho Dresden for any of the seven nights of tho season. Tho opening drama will be staged four nights, ' Under Two Flags' two nights, and 'Cainille ' the last night of tho season. The management are making the prices popular, and as no booking charges are to be made, the public will bo higblv entertained at a most moderate tariff:
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
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