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Cardiff Pantomimes. RED RIDING HOOD AND "ROBINSON CRUSOE." (By "PEN AND PENCIL,") C n()X:<lL LCiY 1. BLUE." Just as the world of five or six years ago ex- hibited a craze to appear on the stage, and thereby become an evening star in the theatrioal firmament, so it seems to me that the journalistic world of the present day is suffering from a general aspiration to ensconce themselves behind a dress front and 4 pose as theatrical and art r critics. When I visit a theatre now I not infre- quently find an army of six, seven, or even some- times eight, sturdy and gallant literary knights,re- presenting all sorts and conditions of papers,armed with sceptically pointed pens and voluminous note- ""uks ready to do dashing and awe- Jnspiring deeds for or against the 11 Grama, burlesque, comedy, or whatever the bill j« fare on that particular evening may happen to Indeed,I sometimes feel that I could exclaim *Hfch Othello, « Woe is me: my occupation's gone." So this week 1 intend devoting 'Myself more to the private or domestic ways p actors and the doings and thinkings of the playgoers in general than spend my criticising what has already been so J*borate]y and ably oarried out by my pre- wielaer3 of the pen of criticism. ⢠« « # » It if; a fact that e have two very excellently Routed panto- Placed before us this Lear. Mr. ^etcher's being ^decidedly much expensive Ruction than "S'i 1 should he has rf previously Rented to his I hear *7ilar&iaa,^ed on Wl wdea. Having only been local- ised here for a little ovav twelve Otonths, I am not position to !!Gert personally MR. J. W. BKADBCRY AS OU ANNY." wtMther this is so or not; but of one thing I aRl certain, as a speotacular annual it is far 884 away in advance of last year's Aladdin" in both aoenery and ooatumes. The former ia really excellent, and each picture is an artistic triumph. Mr. Price is a young man in years, bat as a scenic artist be is old in .experience, and the enthusiastic calls he receives nightly ought to make him feel well rewarded for his bard work, and Kialce Mr. Fletcher proud that he in his theatre a gentleman of jjjjdh oonceptive power and natural ability. .TbU may appear as very high praise-it is, what i.s more, it is genuine. The village "t if, simply lovely and most cleverly worked tke colouring is well-toned, the sky, a»d far-reaching riew realistic in the Ons can easily imagine that the broad expanse of rustic beautv iu front of you actually .stvatohes away for miles, and I don't care whether you take this scene or the aunw forest, or the exterior of! the ooctage, or the transformation, or seen?;, indeed, you may like to pick rom the whole pantomime, each one is an eVidence of careful thought, and is a credit to the thcatui, the manager, and the painter. I ought not to pass over this review of the without making even further usion to the transformation scene re- Present a live of the" Birth of Music." j a masterpiece of fairy-like art and eft lCa*e tints, and is an aspiring ort> from the reason that in addition to aj oarnnng picfcnre it includes a number of ^P'tally.pa,nted well-known mythical figures. feat* 8)1 ara^'t'0BS wcll as a novel â hr'0?0, au<^ man.v artists might and would "p ^'ola such a daring attempt. But ⢠J* p ghritiks from nothing, and, as an! pertencod and ardent student of Nature, I 'assure you that he has succeeded admi-I I h m his studies of the nude. Of the acting it ,say nothing till next week, as a allWays an impossibility to criticise! 6nT^°rnuncc any degree of fairness » "'f r.ctors have ail settled down com-j ably iz,to their respective roles, but I hear â¢en pva^ expressed for the duetts intro- i â¢ftS l tsislers Graham. Pit. gallery, B|1 °*e- alikrf seem to vote them a huge! â¢ttcces, now for a few remarks anent the pantomime. First and fore- 'ftt me tell you it is candidly the most dn i8'Ve and elaborate spectacle ever pro- j',1 Cardiffâthere is no doubt about; l'he oompany is numerically the largest ^he Vua^,0;: anr playgoer has witnessed on boards of either of our local theatres air occasion, and the dresses are a":d superb to a turpiaing degree, 11 -9 q (U"EKN OF T1IK ISLAXI) S. 1 Iniust acknow- ledge that! while the! scenery of the Royat pleased my taste ntoat, so the cos- tumes and ap- pointments of Ii H 0 h i n son Crusoe" are,in myestimation, far in advance i of its contem- porary, "Bed Riding Hood," The colours, the material, i and the gene-! rat grouping are alike excel- lently con-; ceived, har- monised, and arranged, and the stage con- stantly pre-; spnts an nni- mated picture orilr dazzlingly: %'terv and. gorgeously fascinating in its #r*7lng blends of colour. If a fault was appeared to me that IMr *s one had actually engaged too many a e live that in the laudable endeavour to j t" thfty ^»fdiflE audience such a pantomime tnaterial d never seen before, be had so much and so manyspecialitiea to work upon j that the plot became slightly confused and now and then congested. But this is a matter that oan easily be remedied. It is easier to Miss IMINNIH MARIO AS UOBINSON CROSOE. cut out than to put in, and Mr. Elphinstone is wise enough to see now that he has gone to suffioient expense to provide two gigantic pantomimes instead of one, and his liberality gigantic MR. W. G. WALFORD AS WILL ATKIXS. i THF. BOLD, BAD BUCCANEER. in this respect is worthy of the most un- stinted praise from every playgoer who appre- cis tes a good thing. There are no less than 46 principal per- formers, in addition to a veritable armr MR. ,7. H. MILBCRX AS "lIAME CnUSOE." of auxiliaries and supes," and, frorti the popular voice. t should imagine: there is every Dra- mise of Robinson Crusoe" becoming; a n unparalleled success. I am a firm believer in the ever gen nine opinion of the gods and" pi t," and from the fact that on Boxing Night Mr. Mphin- | stone was heartilv cheered with a' three times three, I am convinced that the general public are delighted with this bis first at-( tempt in Cardiff. i The music is catchy throughout, especially the whistling chorus, and the ladies, without ex- ception, are collectively the most sym- metrical I have seen grace a stage for a very long time. Miss Bella Willing, with her pretty figure,appears to special ad- yanlage in a delicate helio- trope costume that becomes her admi- rably. This is only one out of many. In fact, r may doggerelly i 11- timate thatâ MISS WILLING. Mr. K!pttin*toi»ft's Robinson Crmo? Is a splendid affairâ!hat is trueâso 1M advise you 10 gl,) Just to witness tlio And I think you'll be pleased if you do so. Mr. Filphinstone announces that his next year's pantomime will be the H Forty Thieves. He evidently believes in the adage that the early bird catches ihe worm.

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