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Theatre RoyaL I I want to congratulate Mr. Norcliffe on hav- ing secured that ingenious clever and enter- taining ourlesque, Peaches," for the Theatre Royal this week. I have seen a French play translated that has a slight resemblafice to "Peaches," but Sydney Blow and Douglas Hoare have improved the story, and Philip Braham has set the whole to delightful lyriteal music, that was just what the French play lacked. To lose Mr. Norcliffe would be a calam- ity and I think we ought to petition the authorities to spare him as a man of national importance. The story has a better claim to continuity thaa 99 per cent. of the alleged revues and mRsfc-hall burlesques that I have enjoyed. I reproduced the story in brief last week and so I take it theae is no need to go into it further here. The unearthing of the incriminating evidence by the mother-in-law and young wife provides subject matter for some of the most screamingly funny situation8 that I remember. The whole thing is pure esmedy of the very first water, and the work entailed on the artistes is heavy. Frank Butt, who is the soul of Peaches as Guy Radnor, is simply great. He is a first-class comedy artiste with a good resonant voice, and a-stage presence that completes a perfectly fitted ar- tiste for the part in which he is caste. Matt Wilkinson as Mr. Leadbetter (the father-in- law) has some difficult work that he carries off well. Madge Haines is a favourite with all in her part as Mrs. Leadbetter, one of the best parts of the piece. She is on the stage, with geod lines on her lips, and laughter with the audience. Betty (the young wife) is excellently well done by Maud Harris. The principal girl is Billie Rutland, the Peach ar- 6und whom the whole story revolves, and she is perfectly taken by Gladys Peters, who has more buoyance, and easy carriage of a part full of fun than any revue artiste I have watched. William Ogle and all the other principals are perfect, and the choruses of Nuts and "Pea- ches" are easil- far and away better than any- thing 1 have seen on the road. An interesting item was included on the Bio- scope this week in the "Aircraft Defences at Lorraine." Amongst the sumiorting numbers the Naval Quartett,e are worthy of mention. As singers they are really fine, and they have the grain of comedy that gives piquancy to the whole show. They are quite equal to the celebrated Brooklyn Four in mv opinion. Next week J. Alexander's Nine Empire Sin- gers are topping the bill. Here we have the very cream of the operatic profession scattering,gems from all the great masters of melody, with a well-arranged programnie, and amidst a taste- ful setting. Maggie Olifton and her partner are j coming in a novel equilibistric and herc-ulean gymnastic act; and the famous New Macs, the ownedy mongers, are cominw with their fullest capacity of laughing gas. The great fight for the Lonsdale fly-weight championship belt bet- ween Jimmy Wilde and Young Symonds is to he screened, and will doubtless prove a, great- draw. The Piquays are introducing a novel upside down ragtimes and dance. Frank E. Melvelle the well-known light comedian and raconteur, is to give of his best, and we are to hear Blanche Ray, the low comedy Irarlesq'ttd, artiste.

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