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THE THEATRE ROYAL, CARDIFF. On Monday evening, the first time in Cardiff, the popular comic opera Les Cloches de Corne- ville" was presented at the Theatre Royal. The plot is but slight, but it affords plenty of scope for good acting, even although it is subservient in some measure to the singing and tableaux. Ger- maine. the heroine, Miss Annie Poole, having been some few years previously saved from drown- ing, promises in return that she will give her love to Grenichiux, an adventurer, who falsely repre- sents himself to be her rescuer for the purpose of gaining the wealth he imagines she will inherit from her (supposed) father, an old miser named Gaspard, Mr Fawcett Lomax. Gaspard has been acting as steward of the castle revenues for many years, more to his own advantage than for the benefit of the heir, Henri, Marquis de CorneviUe, Mr W. Broughton, and under pressuie from the Bailie, Mr J. H. Rogers, Gaspard offers the Bailie Germaine's hand in marriage. Germanic runs away from home, and along with Grenicheux, is engaged at a hiring fair, in Normandy, as a servant by the returned Marquis. Henri discovers that Ger- maine is the girl he paved from drowning, and as her right to the title of Comtesse is incontestably proved, marriage naturally follows. Grenicheux is not left altogether lamenting, for he wins back the love of his former sweetheart, the pretty Serpolctte, Miss Irene Verono, and all end hap- piiy. The dialogue is remarkably bright through- out, and the audience was on Monday evening kept in the most perfect good temper by the absurdities of the pompous old Bailie, who imagines himself a great legal authority, and another luminary in the parchment line, Gobo, Mr Harry Collier. Mr Fawcett Lomax realised the part of the old miser to perfection, especially when discovered by the Marquis in the cha- teau, '.counting his ill-gotten gains. Miss Annie Poole is a charming Germaine, and Irene Verona a delightfully natural Serpolette, In fact each member of Mr Charles Bernard's company recognises the importance of their own role, the special hits they can make in the witty sallies, but none on Monday evening exaggerated a small part. They play well together, and Messrs H. H. Farnie and R. Reece, the authors of the English libretto, could not desire to be better interpreted. The music by Mr R, Plan- querette was ably rendered, the band having been increased for the occasion. Mr M. Conolly acted as conductor. It need only be added that in re- gard to the.scenic effects, Mr A. Whyatt has once more proved his efficiency as an artist. The cos- tumes are by Monsieur and Madame Alias, London, and are of the most elegant descriptfon, as indeed are the whole appointments. Mr Bulwer, the manager, and Mr Daw, the lessee, deserve credit for this spirited engagement.

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