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LONDON LETTER., Star, Issue 5419, 21 November 1895
LoNDdw, Sept. 20. An interesting wedding took place at All Souls' Church, Langham Place, on Sunday last, when Margaret Catherine Grimston, the eldeßt daughter of Mr and Mrs Kendal, was joined for life to Captain Charles E. Bancroft, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Bancroft. The proceedings were of a distinctly private character, and the profession were conspicuous by absence. Surprise was expressed at Mr and Mrs Bancroft failing to be present, but I'm told. that the young couple allowed most of their relatives to live on in ignorance of their intention to wed so soon. . :')! Mr Tree seems to have struck " lie" with Trilby, which is . doing tremendous business in the provinces and can hardly fail to have a long ran when produced at the Haymarket in October.. The features of the piece appear to be— first TreeVSvengali, and secondly Miss Dorothea jßaird'e Trilby. The latter exactly resembles Dv Manner's original, having the foot as well ab the face of the model. Mr Patrick Evans,; the original Little Billee of the book, naturally looks the part, f-t the playwright gives him little' to.do^and.he _ does that' Uttle amateurishly. # Lionel Brough, too, is a square peg in a round hole as the Laird, but the critics have nothing save praise for the reßt 'of the cast. -' ".' ,-.'.' Dr and Mrs Neill, produced ;at the Grand Theatre this week, was also successfully "tried on the dog"-^as the saving is— in the provinces. The plot has to do with benevolent conduct, of the elderly Dr Neill when he finds Ws^Oung atxd light-headed, but not wrong-hearted, spouse carrying on with his adopted sop. Instead of kicking the young puppy' out and giving the young lady " beans," the good old man payß the former's debts and has only pity and forgiveness for the latter. Then remembering a usefal heart complaint, he proceeds to prepare toremove the only obstacle to the happiness of the young folks out of their way. Needless to say this is Kate Torke's, i.e., Mrs Neill'si opportunity. She learns with celerity to loach c her erstwhile lover, and coos and cuddles the prostrate physician back to life again. Exit the lover and Kate and Brandon Thomas, otherwise Dr and Mrs Neill, live happy ever after. The play, which is really very touching, is by Clo. Graves, and may not improbably succeed Borneo and Juliet at the Lyceum.
The main idea 0? Bogey, or the Curious Behaviour of Disembodied Bates was used v by Mrs Campbell Praed in " The Soul of the CounteßS Adrian," and. she no doubt developed i]_ in her turn from " Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." Mr Esmond's play at tbe St James's deals with the misadventures jof Unole Archie Buttanßhaw, into whose I body the soul of the infamous disembodied Bates malevolently intrudes. He obliges poor Uncle Archie to drink and gamble and forge for three long (too long) acts, and when he finally retires to Hades appears to have ruined him. Of course, however, Buttansbaw isn't ruined. Bates haß accidentally made him a millionaire, and the various lovers dependant on his bounty can be. made happy. Bogey is, despite clever touches, rather an amateurish effort, and unlikely to reach the colonieß.
The Greatest of These, the new play written by Sydney Grundy for the Kendals, was produced at Hull last week, and will probably see light somewhere in London before winter. Therein the matron of the drama figures as a "woman with a paßt" and a cast-iron husband. Tears ago Mrs K (I forget ber stage name) was, through __'a -. coldness and lack of, amiability, led into an intrigue with a fascinating couein. K , found them out and for his children's sake overlooked the indiscretion. But he leads his luckless spouse a dreadful life, nagging at and suspecting her—even after twenty years of unbroken good behaviour— in a disgusting fashion. Presently, needless to say, Mrs K appearfj to give K reasons for hia suspicions. She has promised never to i communicate with X (as we'll call the lover) again, yet K sees her hide a letter in hiß handwriting. As a matter of fact she returns it to her old lover unopened. TPor three acts misunderstandings arise out of tbis letter. Then the jealous K opens it at X's request, and finds a cheque. The X's son has been " going the pace," and in an absent moment forged his parent's name. X obtained possesion of the incriminating document to save him, and sent it to the mother to give her a hint to look after the lad. When Mr Kendal discovers how he was wronged his wife and everyone else he becomes penitent, quotes Corinthians xiii., and bringß down the curtain with a Bhower of selfaccusing texts.
LONDON LETTER., Star, Issue 5419, 21 November 1895
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