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"The Pearl Girl" at the Grand Theatre, Swansea I Next week, the greatest of all musical comedies will visit the Grand Theatre. Mr Robert Courtneidge is bringing his latest prqdudtion, "The Pearl Girl," which is now playi,g to record houses at the Shaftesbury I heat re, London. It is difficult to call to mind any like produc- tion within recent years which surpasses it for sheer lavishness of display in the matter of dainty costumes and gorgeous scenery, and when such highly desirable qualities .are associated with an always melodious musical score by Hugo Felix and the book and lyrics by Capt. Basil Hood, it is easy to predict large and en- thusiastic audiences. The setting of the first scene of the first act for instance, will long remain in the memory cf those who witness it, as an altogether charming suggestion of oountry life, while the second scene of the same act, which de- picts the interior of the Palmyra Pearl Shop, Bond Street, is also worthy of the highest praise from a spectacular point of view. ,The second act takes place at Hurlelagh, and the effect obtained in this scene is zibsolut,ely delightful. The third and last j act "River Place," is perhaps the great- eat piece of work ever achieved by an artist. It shows beautiful gardens slop- j ing down to the river. The effect ob- tained being the "last word" in real- ism. All the scenes call forth spontane- ous applause when the curtain rises upon them, and it is almost unnecessary to add that full opportunity is found in them for the display of all the very latest things in feminine "creations" (designed by Martial Armand et Cie, of Paris ajid London). Mr Robert Courtneidge has certainly eclipsed anything he has before attempted in this, n his latest production, and it needs no forensic eloquence to impress upon., the play-going public its claims to an unqualified verdict of success. One of the chief factors in this magnificent pro- duction is- the exceptionally strong cast which includes the cream of the musical comedy stage, the best and brightest in the art of captivating the attention of playgoers. Mr George Hestor, Mr Nel- son Hancock, Mr Reginald Sharland, Mr Walter Ashley, Mr John Monkhouse, Mr Gecil Movlan, Mr W. H. Desmond, Mr Guy Buckland, Mr Cedric Miller, Mr. Raymond Gascoigne, Mr Robert Bottom- ley, Miss Roma June, Miss Rosie Begarn- I ie, Miss Modesta Daly, Miss Edith I MISS ROSIE BEGARNIE, II Ar Lady Betty in "The Pearl Girl." I Jeffries, Miss Esme Gordon-Heller, Miss Berenice Melford, Miss Gwen Clifford. Such are the conspicuous elements which Mr Courtneidge places before us—plus, of course, the fine accomplishments of the Modistes and Costumiers. A word of praise must be bestowed on the Beauty Chorus of 60 charming ladies, who make an attractive background for the princi- pal incidents of the play, and is certainly feature of the production. Special men- tio/i must be made of the marvellous quick change from the Derbyshire Dale in the Dukeries to the interior of a Bond Street Shop, which occupies but 60 seconds and is a triumph of stage mechan- ism. The whole production is indeed something to marvel at, and when the curtain finally desoends, one wonders if one has not at last seen the most wonder- ful and per ect crea-tion ever placed on the stage.—Such is the "Pearl Girl."

CORRESPONDENCE.I

YSTRADGYNLAIS POLICE COURT.

YSTRADGYNLAIS COUNCIL.

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