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AT THE THEATRES. I THE GRAND. I MISS MAUD ALLAN. I Miss Maud Allan, the most talked of artiste H of the past decade, has j aid her promised visit H to the Grand Theatre, -and people who have H seen her in her various dances, ev en including H that of the Visions of Salome, are wondering H why there should 'have been any talk of H prohibition in Manchester or elsewhere, ex- H cept by those with prurient minds, who would H go to a place of worship mainly to criticise H and focus attention upon what they would H term in their ignorant iself-cotmplaceincy, the H worldliness of their neighbours, or attend any H function to endeavour to extract .something un- H savoury out of the most nartur,al and common- H place action. Happily these people are only H a small although brazen-voiced minority, and H their shouts and gesticulation have served H little purpose cxcept to advertise the dances H they would ban. Miss Allan is a dancer of a H new order, her graceful steps to the classical H music being followed with the greatest interest H and the feeling with which she interprets the H music of the world's most famous composers in her varied actions—grave to. gay, pensive- ness to enthusiasm.—proved her to be an artiste worthy of the name she has created. Time H after .time the audiauice insisted upon her re- H appearance to acknowledge their loud and pro- longed applause. We understand that Miss H Allan expreseid to the Management of the H Grand Theatre the pleasure she had expelr- H ienced during her visit, and stated that she H was very pleased with all the arrangements, H and had rarely received such courtesy and con- sideration in any other theatre. This is a copy of her entlry in the autograph book of tihe Manager's daughter:—"In remem- brance of my most comfortable visit to the Grand Theatre, Llanduidno. In all sincerity. Maud Allan." H "rUE FLAG LIEUTENANT." I At the Grand Theatre the last four nights of this week the Great Naval Play, "The Flag H Lieutenant" is staged. Among the' most striking features of this delightful play is its curiously modern tone. which calls forth, all the-naturalness that is-beginning at last to be a -characteristics of.-the present day actor. It is a play absolutely up-to-date, and realistic in every particular from the after-cabin of the admiral's ship to the whistle of his steam launch as it rushes through the blue waters of Malta Harbour. Nor is there suspicion of bore- dbm, throughout the piece fiom the roomerLt when the cheek of those irresponsible "shot- tiies" as they are termed in the Navy comes across the footlights as the curtain first, rolls 'up and displays the admiral's, cabin, through the porthole of which a wonderful glimpse of Malta Harbour by night is obtained, to that moment wheta the ship's band in the harbour plays the National Anthem this interest is kept at fever point. The company presenting the play have ,all been .specially selected for their -various rales, and Messrs Lyn Hard- ing and Sidney Cooper, who have sent, .the play to Llandudno, have spared,ii,o, expe-Tise.,in the mounting of the same. It is a play that has been twice witnessed by Royalty, and re- peatedly witnessed by every member of the Royal Family. "The Flag Lieutenant" will be played again to-night (Friday), and tOl- morrow (Saturday). THE MERRY WIDOW. H The greatest music-al "success of the age, "The Merry Widow," will be presented next week at the Grand Theatre by M'r George Edwardes Company. Victcor Leon and Leo Stein, s book, as adapted for Daly's Theatre, sets out a love tangle of Prince Danilo, of Marsovia. and Sbnia, a wealthy widow. Danilo lovefd Sonia when she was -a farmer'-s daughter, but affairs of state, Which may be 'translated into Sonia's lack of either wealth1 or title, made marriage impracticable, and -the girl became the wife of a, millionaire! banker whilst the Prince amused himself with many women. But in Paris, at theembassy,ofhis country, Danilo meets Sonia. a widow with a score of suitors seeking her hand. She scorns her one- time lover and tells him all men are alike, 'and state concerns might not now stand in the way of his marrying her. The Prince, piqued, vows that he will' never say to her he loves her, and valiantly in the fact of the widow's seductiveness and undisguised attempts to fas- Icinatehim he clings to his word. The woman wins of course. The Merry Widow, however, has triumphed through its music. The fas- cinating waltz is oinly one number in' an ori g inal delightful score. There are daintily melodious concerted i.umbers, beautifully written duets, and catchy solos. The music is clever and skilfully orchestrated, whilst mak- inga general appeal, as a master of waltz rythm and melody, the little bandmaster, who ihas found fame with a single work, will chal- lenge the Success of Strauss himself. He has found the very spi-nit of the dance, and the several themes which for ccrcert music are brought together in the familiar "Merry 1 Widow" valse, played in every ballroom of Europe, fiiter through the score with subtle persistence.^ With -regard to the dresses "The Merry Widow" wardrobe will make the I average woman gasp and sigh with -envy, it is so elegant, chic and wonderfully becoming. THE PRINCE'S. MISS LOUIE FREEAR. H This popular comedienne has been appearing y/itli g-reat success at the Prince's Theatre dux- ing the week. Miss Fre^ a,r, it will be rem-em. beired,; made & great hit in "A Chinese Honey- moon," and is a very welcome turn whenever she appears. Sihe will appear to-night (Friday) and also- to'-moc'row (Satur'oiay). Her company includes Merrman and, Evelyn up-to-date 'wire walkers; C. Ibbotson, America's Black Dame; Daisy Emery, a well-known vccalist; J. Moore, Monologue Artists; H. South,well and Com- pany in. "The Servant's Aspirations" Cossay, the table performer • H. Cardell, musical speciality, and the Society Entertainers, Howard and Wallace in "Taming a Wife." "THE DEVIL" COMING TO THE PRINCE'S THEATRE. The Prime's Theatre, Llandudno, will have an extra Sfie-cail attraction for the next week. in that much-discussed comedy play, "The Devil," which has caused a furore- throughbut the Countinent and Acerica The very strong company engaged will include such names as Mrs Brown-Potter as Helene, and Mtr Murray Carson as the Devil. The whole production is by arrangement with Mr George Edwardes and Mr Robert Courtneiclge, and will travel the scenerc and effects used recently in the play at the Adelphi h-eatre, London. Referring to the production at the Adelphi, the London "Daily Telegraph" said "and certainly the Adelphi Devil gives one abradant cause for thinking," while the London "Daily Express" remarked "there are few greater themes than the temptation o<f man by the Evil One."

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