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THE WILSON BARRETT WEEK AT THE ROYAL. The pliygoer who will be struggling witk the tempt ation of the Royal this week, because finances have not ripened adequately after the str ke, will never regret the word from last night's audience that will make him strugg:e up. A treat such at that which Mr Wilson Barrett and his company affords may well be considered the chance of a life- time by the Cardiff play-goer. There's no exag- geration about this advice—it was the judgment and the comment of everyone privileged to set "The Manxman" at the theatre last night. The enthusiasm very deservedly evinced by the house, and the hearty counsel we would give the p ay. goer, lies in more than one fact of Mr Wilson Barrett's presence here this week. The fault which too often mars the pleasure felt at the ap- pearance of a theatrical 8a.r in the p-ovincas ie the fact that the particular star gathers a com- pany of cheap wooden actors and actresses around him, and depends upon the influence of his own name to make up for the deficitncles oi the cast- Every p aygoer will agree that a good company without a star is better than a tin and tinsel company with one. The merit of Mr Wilson Bar- rett's presence seen last night lay not o-iy in his Own remarkable betrayal of "Pete," but in the fact that every member of a large compa-y belongs to the front ranks of the theatr.ca.1 profession, and under the eye of the famous author-actor was so admirably fitted to his part that "The Manxman," as represented on Monday night, was absolutely perfect. The crowded house cheered the perform- ance to the echc-never, in fact, has the reception accorded the piece been surpassed. bf course, it is is now well-known that Mr Wilson Barrett as a manager is as famous for the strength of the company he brings with him as he is popular through his own genius as an actor. The living power of "The Manxman" as a drama is not new to our readers, and only those who saw Mr Wilson Barrett on Monday n'ght as "Pete" and Misa Maud Jeffries as "Kitty Creegan" can understand the added power these impersonations give Ü. Mr Ambrose Manning as "Caesar Creegan, Mr T. Wigney Percyval as 'Phillip Christian," Mr Horace Hodges as "Ross," called also for unquali- fied praise, and every member of the company, from the hero and heroine down to the smallest pa.rt, got it deservedly. The audience at the close stood up for ten minutes and called for the actors again and again. The enthusiasm of Miss Maud Jeffries's admirers found vent in the presentation of two handsome bouquets and a basket of choice flowers.

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