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Theatre Royal, Merthyr. Mr. Alec Hurley and Company have this week been giving their smart musical turn, "The Cockneys in Japan," supported by a strong combination of variety numbers. A splendid show. Two houses nightly. "THE ARCADIANS." On Monday next, March 21st, the above musi- cal comedy, which has been described by the leading Press as the greatest, latest, and fun- niest show ever produced, will visit the Thea- tre Royal, for six nights and matinee Saturday. The scenery in this play is very beautiful, and rarely if ever has anything finer been seen in Merthyr. The first act presents a scene such as could only be associated with the free and ha.ppy dwellers in Arcady. Leafy dell, shin- ing rivers, mossy slopes, and flowering verdure j are here, and amid the peaceful surroundings of this woodland scene tho nymphs and shep- herds disport themselves. The second act, laid at Askwood, the fashionable racecourse, is an- other charming set, its foliage and green lawns form a back-ground to many exquisite dresses smart people. Act 3 ie the-Ar- e fountains, "clustering vines, and boweringr blos- r Misfi SYBIL TANCMSM AS "SOMBRA. I soms, where the guests are served with the simple meals of Arcady. The cast, is a very powerful one. It includes Miss Sybil Tancredi, Miss Molly Hclntyre, Miss Gertrude Alyward, Miss Violet Roberts, Messrs. Chas. A. Stephen- son, Alfred Beers, Arthur S. Macdonald, Ar- thur Maim, Wallace G. Court, Cyril Lane, T. R. Norbury, Frank Trevelyn. John Montague, R. Lempreire, A. Tregonwell. A brief resume of this most successful play will be of interest to our readers, who should make an early application at the Box Office for seats. The real Arcadia, it appears, was not AOTHUS S. MAODORAID AS "JACK MEADOWS." I ,the land of Areas in Peloponnesus, but a much older country out off from the rest of the world in the Glacial Period when the change of the Gulf Stream's course surrounded it with an impenetrable continent of Arctic ice. Arcadia, in short, is situated at the North Pole, where the Arcadians, forgotten by time, had preserv- ed their youth and innocence unimpaired until this present year of more or less grace, when a voyage of discovery by the Great Sea Serpent, an Arcadian survival from the days of the mas- todon, attracted the notice and excited the re- membrance of Father Time; a visit from Father Time led the Arcadians to entreat a glimpse of the "Monsters" inhabiting the outer world; and in response to their request Time raised a gale which brought to Arcadia. an undirigible airship oooupied, very unwillingly, by Mr. Smith, of London. Mr. Smith, the well-known Leviathan caterer, had left home, partly owing to financial embarrassment conitected- with his latest enterprise, the Hotel and Cafe do Luxe, and partly owing to conjugal differences with his very moch better half, Maria. Finding Arcadia a land of peace and plenty, and the Arcadian nymphs very simple and attractive, Mr. Smith ie disposed' to buy the place and make it his permanent residence, but his care- less freedom from moral bias brings him into speedy conflict with the prejudices of the Ar- cadians, who dip him into the Well of Truth to cure his inveterate habit of "Telling the Lie." This baptism effectively transforms Smith's out- ward aspect, and under the impression that he is now as simple as themselves, the Arcadians re-name him Simplieitas. But when they pro- pose to send him back to his own people to con- vert London to the love of truth, and when two of the nymphs, Sombra and Chrysea, pro- pose to accompany him, Simplieitas displays no enthusiasm for the good cause, and is only per- suadecj to depart by the forcible intervention of Time. The second act brings us to the Askwood Racecourse, where Mrs. Smith's niece, Eileen, is being wooed by two rivals in love and sport; Sir George Paddock and Jack Meadows, whose horses-Bella the Virgin and the Deuce, are the chief competitors in the Corinthian Cup. Here, in the interval before the big race, the fashion- able throng are startled by the sudden appari- tion of the Arcadian nymphs and Simplicitas in the unusual garb of Arcadian shepherds. Sim- plieitas, seeing his wife, tries to escape, but is eventually run to earth bv the lady, and then discovers to his infinite relief that she does not recognise him. On the contrary, she is so fas- cinated by his youthful beauty that she entreats him and the nymphs to take up their abode at the Hotel de Luxe, and Simplieitas, struck with the idea that Arcadianism might mend the for- tunes of this unfortunate enterprise, eagerly accepts the invitation. His plan of impressing Society is helped by an accident. Jack Meadows, who was to have ridden the Deuce himself, is thrown by the horse in a pre- liminary gallop. He invokes the services of the Deuce's stable boy, Peter Doody, but the Deu, prejudiced against that very unsuccess- ful jockey, eavagee him as he is preparing to mount. In this emergency, one of the Ar- cadian nymphs, who has been talking to the horses, after the primitive fashion of her coun- try, reveals the fact that the horses habitually arrange the results of races between them- selves, that the Deuoe is heartily ashamed of his misconduct, and that to atone for it he has arranged to win providing that somebody- anybody—undertakes to ride him. Under these circumstances, Simplieitas, who has never rid- den a horse in his life, is persuaded to under- take the task, and though he is considerably discouraged when he meets the dilapidated Doody returning from his encounter with the horse, he is pushed, on to mount and actually wins the race. This event completely establishes the fame of the Arcadians in England, and when in the third act, the unsuccessful Cafe de Luxe is re- opened under the name of "Arcadia in Lon don," all London flocks to its frugal but costly banquets. Mrs. Smith's prosperity is marred only by the unsatisfactory conduct of Sim- plicitas, who leaves all the work of the restau- rant to the two nymphs, while he revels in the dissipations of London life. To excuse him- self to her, and to the anxiously inquiring nymphs, he induces others to offer explanations which he is barred from offering in person, be- cause he knows that if he tells a lie his Arcadian youth will disappear, and his wrinkles and whiskers return. One of the vicarious instru- ments of his falsehood is poor Doody, who has taken a place at the restaudant under the im- pression that here he will find relief from his enforced fasting as a jockey, and finds to his disgust, that Arcadianism implies a dietary of • nuts and fruit. Another of the wily Simplici- tas's proxies in deception is Jack Meadows, who is thereby involved in serious misunder- standings with Eileen. Finally one of the Arcadian nymphs, realising that Arcadianism in London is only a sham exploited for hie own advantage by Simplieitas, reveals the story of Smith's oominct to Arcadia. Mre. Smith and- Doody, suspecting the truth, lay a. trap for Sita- plicitaa, who is driven at lags TO tell a lie. In*- mediately his wrinkles arte! vmiik.ra -ctttns, and after the Arcadians Iitjo ^o^ciied SUs^a and Jack, they depart lot Arsr-dia, Simplieitas defonte)?*3 ta thfe ttteroiea- of hjb


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