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MR. ROBERT COURTNEIDGE.

Back in Australia.

Uhe older generation of Australian

thcati cgoers chenab picas mt recollection. | of Mr llobert Courtneiilge He first v i.iteil tins countrj vvitb a gaiety companj m 1892, playing in 'Miss l-smerahlii ' and other popular suce-sis Jle revisited Austral] i about 17 sears ago as producer for Mi

George Musgrove ii Shakcspcani-n scie-on a season notable for its excellent pi i foi ni mice of "A Midsummer ÎSiglit a IJicam

JSo\v Mr Courtneidge- « ho lins »on a name for himsell in Ixindon as producer and manager-is bick m Australia for the third time 'lins time he lins brought out a comedy coinpmy, winch will make its lirst appearance in Melbourne at the Jivoli Theatre on f-aturdav 1 am glad to bo back in Melbourne,'' saul Mi Couitneidgc when seen at Menzies' llotel yesterday, "ind I um sure Mclliournc audiences will like lho Man fioni Toronto ' It is a great

play, and George lull} is one of our best actors" Other pla.s Mr Courtneidge has brought out include ' Home and ^eautv

ia iccent success), "having Grace, b*t the Austiahan dramatist, Haddon Clumber«, anil 'IJilljim " Hie Inst mined is a pin v, ltle a strong Austro-lin intere-t, and is tlie woik of fear» .Icannctte Duncan-who in puvutc life is Sirs Everaid Cotes, and the wife of the representative of Router's, it present accompanying the Prince of \\ ales Mr Courtneidge met Mr Bert Bailey m London and expressed huutelf as being much imprest.«! with tile genuine comed)

m ' On Our Selection " Unfortunately, it was impossible to procure a theatre m which to stage it.

"We opened our Au.triltan season m Adelnde, sud Mr Courtneidge, "and Aus traban audiences seemed as warm and as enthusiastic is ever They ire e\traor dinfinlv quick at picking up points In eluded m the company is M«>s Rosalind Courtneidge, daughter of the producer, and jounger sister of Miss Cecily Courtneidge,

who is a favourite with London audiences

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