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"HANDS ACROSS THE SEA." Re-opening of the Royal Clarence Theatre. ANOTHER DRAMATIC TREAT. The Clarence Theatre was re-opened this week after having been invaded by a vast army of decorators and cleaners, whose weapons, in the shape of threatening-looking brushes, have worked beautifying marvels in the pretty play- house. We all wondered what the new season had in store for us, but few expected that Mr Tom Jones, the astute manager, had such a sur- prise up bis sleeve. The boards of the increas- ingly popular Clarence are occupied by one of the most talented companies touring the pro- vinces-Mr W. D. Forsdike's No. 1 Company, in their grand revival of the late Henry Pet- titt's thrilling play, "Hands Across the Sea.' Presented by skilful artistes of wide dramatic experience, in a series of vivid, realistic scenes, the cleverly written drama enchains the inter- est from start to finish, and the appreciative plaudits with which the auditorium rings night after night must be regarded as a sure indication that the piece has everything to commend it to popular favour. The cast is so large that in- dividual mention of the artistes is now im- possible, but one cannot help referring to the vigorous, manly style in which the hero, Jack Dudley, is impersonated by that, gifted actor, Mr Henry George, to the infinite charm and captivating grace with which Amy Sangster pourtrays the brave heroine, Lilian Melford; and to the consummate villany of Bob Stillwood as depicted by clever Mr Lionel Thompson. The remaining characters are adequately represented To all who desire to witness a healthy, invigorat- ing, soul-stirring play, our advice is-Pay a visit to the Clarence this week. "THE MAID OF THE ALPS." Every reader of the "Free Press" now knows that "The Maid of the Alps is to be with us next week, and everyone knows that the piece is well worth seeing. Then why say more? The fact that this will be the fourth visit of the play to the Clarence is sufficient proof of its attractiveness, and we have no doubt that next week, as on the three previous occasions, full houses will be the rule. It must not be for- gotten that Mr George M. Marriott will repeat his wonderful impersonation of the old hag, Mother Polard-one of the best bits of char- acterisation yet seen in the provinces.

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