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I Theatre Royal. I I made two attempts to crush my way into I the Theatre Royal on Monday; but unsuccess- fully; and when Wednesday came I was rather pleased, for past experience has taught i-tio that a hot sweltering summer-like day means un- crowded houses, ease, comfort and coolness. I would not for the world wish the Theatre tak- ings to be down, but I had a lordly feeling as though I should like at least three empty stall seats on any right, three on my left, and no one fore or aft. I was disappointed. The house was one such as makes Mr. Norcliffe look happy. "Pretty Darlings" had ensured itself a greet run. by the brilliance of its opening. What "Pretty Darlings" is just I am not pre- pared to say, and will let it go at the mongrel description that the authors evolved after a pwzzling consideration of their clever work and call :f; musical comedy revue. It is not that re- ally. It is something entirely new and fresh and original; as different from I perky melanges, or impudent revues, as is the whiff of the ozone at Blackpool from the vicarious enjoyment of sea-side pictures at the cinema. "Pretty Dar- lings" is a vivacious, sparkling 9 scenes of Wtesfery that make one feel better, and freer; and—above all—happier. It is tabloid joy, and it is all fSte more joyful because the ingredients acre of the best and purest. The music spar- kles, the voices are far better than one usually gets in even touring musaicl comedy; the hum- our is free and easy and glittering; the book is vwaaious the dancing charming, and well, everything is right good. George West as "Sandy" is the Scottish comedy artiste of the brightest type. His work is clean cut, ex- cellently well dene, and really funnv, and he ?' ) A ignorita is ably backed by Tina Franks as "Signorita Babet-te, the Spanish Pretty, Darling. Little Tichborne1 and Will long and short of the piece—are rare laughter raisers, and it will be a long time before we forget their appearance, especially as the "War Ba,b ies." Elsa Young is equally good and tuneful, I and Taggiart Craughan, the pretty boy hero in the yachtman's suit, is the best male 'lead that we have had in light comedy for ages. As an J actor he has little to learn his stage presence t,, an ci is infecht? ious and his voice is pure, resonant and trained. It is an ideal combination in an I' ideai part; and pretty Bol-is Vesey as the hero- ine, P ansy, is the ideal partner for him.. iler work.,like his, is extremely good. They work in harness like the two histrionic thor- oughbreds they are, Daisy Rentone as herself is aSotker artiste of distinctive charm, and Thirza Fanaon plays the "skivvy" with a skill that gets the utmost out Of a, well-written humerous part, and the house rocks. Bernaud Mervyn. a.? "Juniper," is not one whit behind the oth- ers. I should feel th4. I had not done justice to th.? whole beTy of "Pretty Darlings" were I to omit the terp&iohorean work of Myrta Ham- ilton and Dorothea TroweJl (of the Emp1'8. Lon- Ii dm1. Their dancing is as much above the or-, dinary, as pretty, fascinating and artistic as is the work of all the others. Next week Mr. Carleton Wallace's new pro- duction. "The Rncmv in Our Midst," a topical drama whose 11 scenes recall the best works of Le Queu, is coming. Wherever "The Enemy" I has played there ha,ve been crowded houses, and Iaii-i told ifiiat the great Zep raid, and the I British guns and biplanes versus tha German p is one of the most sensational scenes ever staged. MAYGOBR. "i,. I, ;? I

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