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The Theatre Royal. It has been a pity that the Theatre Royal has not been twice its size this week. I say this not because of the proprietors, but because I am aware that so many playgoers have been robbed of 11)1 opportunity of seeing the best that the stage has to offer, done by artistes who were born and not made." That last is a trite say- ing, but it is one that literally expresses my own personal feelings with regard to the units of the Armitage and Leigh Repertory Company, who this week brought their present visit to a close. I should like in just one line to again record my regret that The Barrier was onlv given on one evening—last Saturday—because I still regard it as one of the best things they do so well. Indeed I do not know that I have ever seen the characterisation of the Rex Beach mas- ter-piece so well done as it was last Saturday. I hope this will be borne in mind on their next visit. But to return to this week. "Find the Woman," the Monday and Tuesdav programme, is one of the most difficult dramas on the road, and to say that they did it well, is but to inade- quately speak of their performance. It was per- fect and the same is true of »• The Hypocrites —the great morality play which Arthur Jones penned—and which is being served up from Wed- nesday to Saturday. Greatly as I admire The Barrier I do not know which of these two plays I should have cut to bring it in. I have no intention of wasting my last few lines in an attempt to differentiate where all were so good in the caste, and I will content myself with once more expressing what I believe to be the sin- cere congratulations of the Merthyr Theatre- going public to Messrs. Armitage and Leigh on their fine discrimination in the selection of players, and plays. To put an Armitage and Leigh caste to play ordinary melo-drama would be to set Michael Angelos' to carve tonib-etones. May the company have long years of complete- ness and prosperity ahead of it. The news of the return of Mr. C. Watson Mill's Repertory Company to the popular house" for an indefinite period" will be welcomed oy all who saw them on their recent visits, and I think that pretty well the whole of the Merthyr play- goers got the Royal habit on tJle occasion of those visits. It is the same company with the same favourites that we have greeted so cor- dially on those visits. But, I must confess that their opening play is new to me. "The Apple of Eden" promises much from the title, but I draw a much greater promise from the name of the author, C. Carlfeon Wallace, who has done so much that is good in these latter days of the playwright's art. I am told on good authority that 'The Apple" is the sweetest thing that Wallace has done and that being so we should! have another week of pGcked houses from Mon- day on. At all events we have never had a bad show from this company, and I don't think we shall have. PLAYGOER.

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