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LOCAL AMUSEMENTS. Theatre Royal (Cardiff). I The popularity of that most successful musical comedy, "A Gaiety Girl," wrù strikingly ex- emplified on Monday evening, when the piece was produced again at the Theatre Royal, before a large and very demonstrative audience, by Mr George Edwardes's Company. Since the last occasion upon which the company visited Cardiff the principal songs and lyrics have caught the popular ear, and are now, there- fore, immediately recognised and followed with the warmest appreciation. For it is an I undoubted fact that to the extent that they are familiar with it is music esteemed by the general public, and they prefer that which they already know to that which is quite new to them. Proof I of this was afforded by the hearty approval bestowed upon Mr Albert Christian's rendering of "Tommy Atkins," which, of course, was encored, and of the charming song "Sun- rendering of Tommy Atkins," which, of course, was encored, and of the charming song "Sun- shine," at the close or the second act. Intense interest was also aroused bv the several choruses, which are among the most fre- quently heard selections of the day. The p-rfor-tiai,ec-- generally was a complete success, the principal characters being most faithfully impersonated. Mr George Mudie as Sir Lewis I Grey unci Mr Charles Wirrow as Dr. Bnerley were genuinely amusing and kept the audience in constant laughter by the unmistakable natural- ness of their acting. Miss Marie Studholme as Alma Somerset sustained the part m a refined :>nd dignified stylo, and Miss Ethel Sydney as iiose Brierley was most vivacious and brilliant. Miss Acla^ Jenoure as Lady Virginia was at all times bright, entertaining,andclever;and as Nina, Miss Andree Corday made a most joyous and lively little French attendant. The incidental music was well rendered, while the pas seul in the iirst act and the carnival dance by Miss Maud Wilmot and Miss Madge Rossell were at once graceful aud artistic,, while free from all sem- blance of fatiguing effort. The staging was particularly good, aud the costumes were bright, fresh, aud picturesque. fresh, aud picturesque. Grand Thpati,e (Carilff-). I I Ape does hot wither the popularity of Tom Tay- ¡ lor's great'drama, The Ticket-ol-Leave Man," which in the present day receives universally as I hearty a. welcome as it did from audiences in the days when it was young and on Monday night I it WAS accorded a most enthusiastic welcome aO J the Cardiff Grand Theatre, where Mr Stafford I Grafton and his London company gave a splendid representation. It was well staged, and the members of the com par: y gave a rendering which, on the whole, was as complete as it was powerful. Mrs Grafton, as May Edwards, played with much delicacy and ability, and won entirely the sym- pathies of the house. Miss Lilian Babington also gave an able representation of the character of Emily St. Evremond. The chief interest centred, however, in the career of I the brave and manly Lancashire lad, Bob Brierley, whose character was wel) portrayed by Mr Grahame Dav. and the marvellous doings of Hawkshaw. the detective, were rendered with marked power by Mr Stafford Grafton. The humorous and lignter elements of the drama were splendidly brought out by Miss Helen Dudley as Stun Wilioughby, the I rollicking wayward boy, and Mra Audrey Canning, as Mrs Wilioughby. Indeed the whole representation was most successful, and merited the hearty applause bestowed by the audience. The Empire (Cardiff). The management at this place of entertainment never fails to bit the popu!ar taste and this is the secret of its unqualified success the year through. Variety is the very spice of life, and no one more fully recognises this than Mr Oswald Stoll. And it is because he does so that the three "Empires" of South Wales have come to be the prosperous and well-established institutions in the social life of the people that they are. Whatever the character of the weather, whatever the condi- tion of trade, these halls arA crowded nightly at each of the two performances to enjoy the invari- able excellence of the programme. This week, at Cardiff, the bill of fare is quite on a par with most of its many eminently successful predecessors. It is true there is no very bright parjicular star to outshine all lesser luminaries in the local music- hall horizon, but no possible fault can be found with the avorage lustre of the constellation. Here is Miss Katie Lawrence, always charming and popular aud here are the two McNaughtons in their side-splitting eccentricities. Herr Wingard is a remarkably clever sleight-of-hand performer with diverting patter. The comic melodramatic sketch of the Lydia Crofton Company is one of the best things of the kind we have seen. It is bran new from the land of the Star and Stripes, and must prove a great draw wherver It is played. Genial Bob Voltes so well-known to C;irdifflaiiq, is once more to the fore, "gomg strong:" the Sisters Desmohd are as lively as crickets and Florrie Penley sings with much acceptance. Other turns constitute a very attractive pro- gramme. In maintaining the orchestra in its full strength, Mr Stell pursues, as he always does, a wise policy. Under the skilful conductor- ship of Mr W. Burgess, the Empire band holds its own with any music-hall orchestra in the country; and that it cau acquit Jifcself well in classical music, is seen this week in the fine way in which it plays Auber's overture from netta." The Empire (Newport). A comedian who earns £ 120 per week the whole year round, is a decidedly lucky individual, but in these commercial days it may be safely I assumed that he is worth his money. No one who has seen the brilliant clever Dan Leno will doubt that he is worth his money, extraordinarily hig though his price be. Newport habitiUs of the Empire are favoured this week in a marked degree in being able to enjoy the quaint humour and all-round originality and cleverness of the Drury Lane "star." The remamder of the programme at the Newport Empire is full of go from start to finish. The Empire (Swansea). It is by no means a bit o audacious advertising to declare, as does tho manigerrezit of this house, that the charming mite of humanity, known to fstme as Princess Paulina, is the one absolute wonder of the human race." For many weeks she drew crowded audiences to the Cardiff panopticon, and the wonder of the people inten- sified with time. Perfectly formed, this extra- ordinary dot is 19 years old, and yet measures but 18 inches lIig-h and weighs only 8Y2 lbs. We are much mistaken if the Swansea- itf-s are not simply astonished when they see Princess Paulina this week. The programme at the Empire also includes the clever Karno Troupe of Pantomiirists the Sisters Tilley and Harry Champion, an admirable vocalist. The Panopticon (Cardiff). The programme which has this week been prepared by Mr Stoll affords an entertainment very varied and attractive. The artistes are all particularly bright, and the "turns which they contributed pleaded everybody immensely. One of the mostlaughitbiotutd thoroughly up-to-date performances is given by Idilo Williams "Il d Bertha Carnihan, and is very funny Then there is Happy Ashbey with bis smart and clever joggling, and this is followed by the Sisters Laliah, expert wire walkers. The pro- programme is concluded by Miss Laura Le^vitt, the rival lady whistler to Mrs Shaw. I Dare's Waxwerks (Cardiff). Satannlfa, the clever lady palmist, still con- tinues her engagement at Mr,dame D'Arc's Waxworks Exhibition at Cardiff, and makes many friends with her clever and delightful delineations. The v.axwork exhibits are very numerous and pretty. Madame D'Arc hi° in the course of making a model of the late Czar of Russia aud a bust of Mr W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon.)

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