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The Week's Amusements WHAT LOCAL CATERERS HAVE PROVIDED. A Popular Melo-drama the Attraction at the Cardiff Theatre Royal. One of the characteristics in the management of the Theatre Royal at Cardiff by Mr. Edward Fletcher is the manner in which he arranges his programme. Comedy, opera, (Tama, and melo- drama alternate with pleasing1 /ariety, and this week we have a play which "omes under the lact category. A Lion's Heartis repre- sented here for tha first time, but when it is stated that the author is the writer of The Grip of Iron it may be imagined that the plot is not only very well conceived, but admirably worked out. It abounds in strong situations, and never from the rise of the curtain in the first act to the close of the fourth is the interest of the audience allowed to flag. The principal scenes are laid in the island of New Caledonia, ■where a French officer, 'Colonel Robert de Ville- fort," who is the aristocratic villain of the piece, is governor, and takes advantage of his posi- tion in order to obtain possession of Marion Lürrimer," the wife of a Devonshire farmer, who is wrong-fully acoused of a crime. He brings to his assistance an outlaw, named "Pierre Rizardo," who has become what he is by the unfaithfulness of his wife. It is only in order to revenue himself upon the betrayer that he consents to assist thd colonel, but when he eventually finds that the vouiisr convict whom he is pledged to hand over to "Colonel de Villefort" is his own daughter, and the whole connection between "Gaspard Dobre," a former valet of "Ville- fort" and the "Colonel" is explained, the intri- cacies of the plot are thoroughly cleared up. Messrs. Dottridge and Longdon's company is good all round, and the piece, which is splen- dlcu.y staged, was well received in every part of the house. Mr. Fred Marston as "Rizardo" and Mr. J. Milne Taylor as the "Governor" were perfect representatives of the characters they portrayed. Mr. Charles H. Longdon as "Gaspard Dobre" has a very difficult part to perform, but accomplishes it with very great credit to himself. "Bessie Lorrimer" (Miss Dolly Dottridge) and "Jack Bealby" (Mr. C. A. Russell) introduce a good deal of humour into the piece, and, what is more, they do it weil. Yet some of the scenes are as pathetic as anything which has been produced on the Cardiff stage. GRAND THEATRE, CARDIFF. Large houses are now the order of the day at the Grand Theatre, Cardiff, and the pro- duction of "Little Christopher Columbus" by Mr. W. Greet'a well-known company on Monday night was witnessed by a numerous and appreciative audience. Burlesques and oomio operas always prove a draw at Cardiff, and for the reason, we suppose, that the bright music, fanciful costumes, gorgeous scenic effects, and catohy songs of this species of theatrical business are such a pleasant relaxation after a close atten- tion to business during the day. Little Christopher Columbus" is one of the most successful of our modern burlesque operas, a statement which we are sure will be readily credited aven by those who have not seen it T/Len we mention that it is the handiwork of OVJr. G. R. Sims and Mr. Cecil Raleigh. It has an intelligible plot, is chockful of humorous sallies and smart witticisms, and contains some vtry taking lyrics. The company is a w(-ll- seleeted one. Miss Lilian Stanley was charm- ing and vivacious in the title role, and two of her songs, "Lazily y drowsily and "Hcney, Hcrcy," won well-deserved encores. Miss .Alice Percival appeared as the heroine, "Gui- nevere," and became quite a favourite, while Miss May Fisher was bright and winsome in the character of "Pepite." The fun of the piece, however, really centred around the antics of "0 Hooligan," a private detective (imperso- nated by Mr. Walter Lonnen), and "The Second Mr3 Block" (portrayed with quite feminine resourcefulness by Mr. E. T. Steyne). "O'Hooli- Ean's succession of disguises created roars of ;ugl.ter, and bis passages with "Mrs. Block the Second" were irresistibly funny. The other characters were all in able hands—and they did no- lack in variety of nationality— while the chorus was an excellent one. A quar- tette cf dancing girls gave an exceedingly clever Terpsichore »n performance, while the mari)- r.ette courtship by Miss May Fisher and Leon Roche was one of the gems of tha burlesque. The costumes were very effective, and tho brilliant colours of the dresses blended with those of the rich scenic settings, the "tout ensemble" frequently making, in the blaze of the variegated limelights, an entrancing pic- ture. The burlesque is replete with comical incidents, the libretto has been smartly written and is quite up to date, and we have no hesita- tion in recommending pleasure-seekers to pay a visit to Mr. Clarence Sounos's popular opera. house this week. THE EMPIRES. CARDIFF. The crowds which filled the Cardiff Empire at both performances on Monday evening had the closure of witnessing an entertainment even more brimful than usual of those novelties anl attractions that the Cardiff public nev.r look forward to in vam from Mr. Oswald Stoll. The turns which received tokens of the most marked approval from the audience were those given by Frank Folloy and the Harvey Boys, and the Sisters Grace and Sybil Arundale. The Boys, after their clever exposition of the fistio art. were greeted by quite a Mtorm of applause, which did not cease until they answered the call by tightirg just, one round more. The Sifters Arundale, by their graceful dancing and charming singing, soon installed themselves verv warm favourites, and deservedly so, for their turn, as a whole, was an extremely clever rrm. Ernest Trowbridge, character vocalist, Walter Tilbery, comedian, Flo Morton, serio- comedy songstress and dancer, and Joxe and Johnny, contortionists, were all successful in training for themselves the plaudits of the house, and, in conclusion, a good word must ba said of Bicklev and Barron. who "took down" the biood-and-thunder drama in a very clever little sketch. SWANSEA. The magnetic influence which the name of Miss Florrie Gallimore possesses was once more evidenced at the Swansea Empire on Monday evening, when large audiences assembled to welcome the popular artiste, whose songs were, as usual, received. with great enthusiasm. In addition to Miss Gallimore, the following artistes contributed turns :-The Brady-Johnson Combination, in a sketch entitled "Little Bull Pup"; Nan Twibell. serio-comic; Frank Coyne, character vocalist; Griffin and Langan, eccentric comedians; and Kate Chard and Deene Brand, vocalists. THE PANOPTIC ON, CARDIFF. Those who visited the Cardiff Panopticon on Monday in the expectation of seeing something very much out of the common could hardly have gone away disappointed after witnessing the Dante Brothers in the exposition of their power over tire and electrioity. The flames not only seemed to be powerless to injure the brothers, but the latter appeared to be able to call forth fire and electricity by a simple touch of their hands. In fact, everything—even their own persons-was turned to fire by their magic power. This sensational exhibition is supple- mented by turns given by the Brothers Hadley, comedians; Mr. George Bastow, vocalist, and Kelly Foster, ventriloquist. "LA TOSCA" AT THE NEW THEATRE, SWANSEA. The brilliant tragedy "La Tosca," by Vic- torien Sardou. which created such a .ensation yhen produced, with Madame Sarah Bernhardt in the title role, at the Lyceum, is being put, on at the New Theatre, Swansea, this week by Miss Mina Legh and a splendid company, by arrangement with Messrs. J. B. Bancroft and M. L. Mayer. The play is of a very high class, full of exquisite scenes, and good writing, and the house which assembled on Monday night gave evident tokens that the coming nights of Miss Legh's 3tay are going to be the suc- cess the production deserves. Miss Legh her- self is pronounced to be one of the most beau- tiful women on the stage, and she is certainly a superb actress. The cast includes, besides Miss Legh, Mr. Gordon Craig, Mr. Hubert ,F Evelyn. Mr. Leonard Calvert, Mr. Arthur Leinster, Mr. Mark Miles, Mr. Cha-s. Combe. Mis3 Lucy Wilson, Miss Nellie Boyd, and Miss Florence Olli. Mr. Gordon Craig, son of the talented Lyceum actress Miss Ellen Terry, plays the part of "Baron Searpia" with great power, and the culminating scene between him and Miss Legh in the third act was very fine. The "Baron" extracts a confession from her hy applying the tort ore to her lover in an adjoining chamber, and the distress of the scene heightens when her confession condemns all three to death. Eventually her final re- venge on tho "Baron" is splendidly worked out, and a fine play ends in a most striking marrer.

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