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I VISIT OF SCERMUS.-1

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I New Theatre Manager. I There is to he s-till another change in the management of the Theatre Royal, Alerthvr— the fifth within the space of the last three- years. It is, of course, ijerfectly true that tht- ealls of the army and the navy have been respon- sible for the majority of these comings and goings, and to that extent my sympathies are fully extended to the lessees in their constant. hunt for good men, for so far they have shown a felicity in selection that has been "beyond praise. At the same time, as one who has takao a purely disinterested interest in the*progress of the Theatre, I must say that to me these con- stant changes appear as unfortunate incidents that, however well they may work out in the- long run. mean temporary set-liacks for the cosy little house. For it has come to me out of a pretty intimate acquaintance with p¡3,(-e of amusement up and down the country, that the success of a house- is. to a much la-rger extent than is generally accepted, depended. upon the personality of the management. When Mr. and Mrs. Rae came to the theatre they brought to it a breeziness and lite that was all to the good and their steady progress into the social life of the town had a decidedly ,gooa reflex on the Theatre. For themset ves alone they were admitted into the bosom of our somewhat difficult social life; and although it is not the thing to talk shop out of business hours,, their universal good fellowship came to a.t- tached to the centre witere they reigned as king, and queen. The Theatre became a little court o Merthyr's social life. When in the course of tlitie Ilr. Itae was called to the colours, the whole town was delighted to learn that Airs. Rae was to "carry on during his a bsence. t,, one who has .attended the Theatre weekK throughout its new life, I can candidly say that Ai rs. Rae has conducted the house with an aoility and popularity that leaves no room for criticism on the part of the public: whilst Somf" of her improvements and inceptions have en- hanced the reputation and attraction of the Theatre far more than any ads of her precfeces sors. I have dealt with her personal popularity —that great fa<etor in successful management but I have not sa id a. W onl so far as to her technical qualifications as they have been dis- played to the audiences. I do not. of eoure, know, how far she may have been responsible for the improvement that has taken place in the quality of the shows staged, but I take it that she has had some part and lot in this. How- ever, ignoring that we have all to adniit that, armed with a first-class knowledge of the work at the other side of the footlights, she has in sisted upon a staging and presentation that would give us the best that each bill had to offer.. And here she has been admirably served by her own unimpeachable, discriminating taste and her acquired knowledge of Merthyr audi- ences—the most difficult in the country. Shri has managed was a firmness and fairness that has held the scales fairly between the the hyper-critics of the pit and gallery, and tlie sensitivities of the green room, a by no mearu. light task, and one demanding character of a high order. But a much more personal touch is the orchestra. Until the advent of All's. Rea to the management the Theatre orchestra wa* the despair of theatre fiat ions now it is steadilv being built into a really attractive part of the house. People are looking forward to the over- ture as a part of the programme not to rn issed: a delightful piece of educational work' which I a.m glad to acclaim. Altogether, Airs. Hea leaves a fine tradition of her management to Mr. Fred Dry, who ha- come from Lancashire to take up the reins. Air. Dry is, I understand, a man of wide experience and considerable initiative, and he will need all of his experience and initiative to "carry on to the standard of Mrs. Hpa, AleaDwhile, w" welcome Mr. Dry and trust that his stay with us will be happy and long, and that under his aegis the Royal will forge ahead to still greater heights than it has yet attained.