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?For to-night's programme and Monday's offerings see Saturday section. ? Alf Chester, a comedian of merit, Trho 'made good' on the Eickards circuit some

time .back, has been engaged by the Bren nan-Fuller management. Chester was due . to be fanny again at Melbourne National . -to-night. . 'The .Girl in the Train' gives way to | a, revival of 'Tbe Cingalee' at. Melbourne BsSr Majesty's next Saturday. The beau tiful Eastern comic opera is billed to run for two weeks only. . I -Billy Boris and Flo Darley, who were i ; always a feature of Rickardian bills every ! -where, are still in the land of beef' trusts. ; At latest they were showing in Chicago. r The Do-Re-ifi Trio, who presented a couple of amusing acts at the Tivoii some ] months back, have just .concluded a sue- 1 ce&gjful season in Western Australia. The elever troupe are at present resting in! Sydney. Later they leave Australia for Sooth Africa. ' . The Empire at Broken Hill is to re ; fcpen with -vaudeville on May 27.

Branscombe's 'Dand^' show is playing to record business in Tasmania— at Ho bart. Carrie Moore has 'made good' under tie direction of the Brenaan-Fuller amal gamation, and is proving one of the best ? paying engagements that company have bad lately. Her Wellington season broke all records. An army ' of workmen is turning Earl's Court,, London, into a community of ^?'Shafcepleare's England.' Scores of Eliza bethan houses are in the course of erec fthm. The material employed is a spe cial fireproof fibrous composition, although the, houses, when finished, will resemble old oak. There is a facsimile of Hard trick Hall, where the unfortunate Mary, Queen df 'Scots, was so long kept a pri Bdner by 'Bess of Hard^iek.' The lake will be utilised to suggest the Thames, with* Drake's historical-warship the Re venge, Iving at anchor. Near by is the Globe Theatre, where Shakspeare's plays were first produced. The Fortune Theatre is to be utilised for Elizabethan dances.

Among other departures from tradition,^ London ''Tunes' has -taken 'to' publish 36- ' tices of vaudevi!ie performances. When ; O'Hana San was at the London Hippo-! drome -t spoke of ber Japanese scerui as I an 'American imitation of ? real life in ' Japan.' O'Hana San took action against the 'Times'' for libel, but has failed. The judgment of the court Is not to be, taken in depreciation of the value of O'Hana San's sfcaw, which was clearly proved to be an accurate -picture of .7apan-=3e life, the result of long and careful stiidy. The idea 13 rather that artists should not so readily take ofienee at newspaper flip pancy andbring the machinery of -the law into 'motion. O'Hana -San proves- to be Hariet Dar, an English dancer 'of,- great skill. ''- '?',.''??? ' . - .'?'?' Bert Gilbert lias arrived in ' London. He br.s gove 'into ^-aiideville, and is doing live ghoTrs a. day. . Cyril McKay, best remembered in Ade laide for his splendid portrayals in *'Ann3 and the Me.ii' and 'Third Degree.' has beta loaned by J. C. William eon to 3Ir. William Andei-son. McKay is a versatile actor vrho can play in musical comedy {he played the French. Count in ':Lady Madcap' in Adelaide some years ago) to the heaviest drama. He has a fine stage presence allied with a good speaking voice. . He , certainly should 'make good' in melodrama. The weakest thing McKay ever did was, ac cording to this paper, Dr. Watson in 'The Speckled Band.' His best work Sergiua in 'Arms and the Man.' Tiny Town, the. greatest novelty show in Australia to-day, pays a return visit to Adelaide at the end of June. Bert Bailey. Ltd.. commence a season with 'On Our Selection' at. Victoria Theatre, Newcastle, next Saturday. Wirth's big circus is due in Adelaide the beginning of June. 'Sol Lyons plays billiards so fast he can only use one hand.' 'Why is that?' 'Because he has to' use tbe other hand to. take the scores.' .'\Taude and Verne at the Tivoii Theatre. Mr. Leslie Holland is ludicrously con sriicnous as the Hon. Hughic Picrrcpoint, the gentlemanly burglar- in 'Our -Miss Gibbs.' He is an amateur society cracks man, who has the Ascot gold vase- securely planted in his bag. 31r. Holknd is in imitable in the .scene in irbich. Slithers., the real Simon pure Bill Sikes, teaches the Hon. Hcghie the gentle art of pocket picking. Sarah Bernhardt's exultant cry, 'Xow at last is my art perpetuated, for I bave been living pictured!' will be under stood by all those who have seen the 'Divine Sarah' at West's Olympia. As for Mme. Bernhardt it is interesting to note that she was so well satisfied with the result- of 'Gamiile' that she after wards delighted in being her own audi ence. Miss Florence Vie, of the -'''Our Miss Gibbs' Company, is a much-travelled lady. Xot only has ehe seen a fair pro portion of the world, but she also has her impressions of tbe various places she has visited down in black and -srhite, for Miss Vie keeps a diary in which she jots down her ideas on anything that com mands her notice. Bjg game shooting,

surf bathing in South Africa arid in Aus tralia, a moonlight trip to the Egyptian Pyramids^sach are a few of the inter esting subjects which are touched upon in Miss Vie's treasured book. ^ Miss Margaret Cooper concluded her season here to-night at the Exhibition. As usual her performance went -with a swing from start to finish. Miss Cooper and ner company will leave Adelaide on Sunday for Broken Hi!!, where they play a short season prior to going to New Zealand. Miss Blanc-he Browne, of 'Our Miss Gibbs' fame, is threatened with becom ing a pivot of trade. She has already been asked to allow a poster reproduction of herself to be made for Australian hoardings in order that a new cigarette might be boomed, while a Sydney firm has ottered to keep her supplied with 'sweets' if she will mention in interviews that she g refers theirs to all others. The young laiety actress declined, however, these overtures to induce her to become an ad vertising medium. Yasco, the mad musician, has arrived in London from his Australian and South African tour. Comedian G. P. Huntley is still in evi dence in London. Huntley's next engage ment will be at the London . Hippodrome in a musical comedy to be produced shortly. Bert Barton and Connie Emerald, who -were ; recently appearing at tbe King's 'with 'the Grotesques, have 'doubled up,' and are now appearing at Brennan's Syd ney National. Their offering consists of songs, dances, and frivolity. 'One of the blessings of the society you are now going into is a short memory for those things one can never forget. We shopgirls are so vulgar that we still prefer to marry the men we love.' — From 'Our Miss Gibbs.'

'Bunty Pnlls the Strings' has been running sfdr over 300 nights in London. The popular Scotch play has been equally successful in America and other English speaking countries where it has been pro duced. ???-.- ? ? Barnes and West, two slick steppers who toured Australia under the Rickar dian banner some months back, are ap pearing in South Africa. The Picture Palaces.— The Empire, West's Olympia, and Wondergraph. Town Hall — to put them alphabeticaHy — an- nounce that in future their changes of programme .will happen on Wednesday nights instead of Monday, as hitherto. However, all these houses will change their offering the coming Monday, al though their new offerings will be shown for , two nights only, i.e., Monday and Tuesday. The Sisters Sprightly, who reappeared in Adelaide after an absence of three years at the Tivoii Theatre to-night, were ac corded an. ovation which must have been gratifying both to tbe talented artistes and the Rickardian management. How ever it augurs well for the success of ifeeir second Australian tour. American papers are etiil advertising 'How to become an actor or vaudeville artiste by mail.' - Ye gods! From 'Our -Miss Gibbs*':— Alma Barber (Lady Elizabeth Thanet)— 'You are not my ideal.' Andrew Higginson ? (Lord Eynesford)— 'Your ideal is Hughie?' Alma, Barber— 'Yes; he reminds me of the knightiy age of chivalry.' Andrew Higginson — 'Burglaring people's houses is certainly a nightly deed. * Gerald Kay Souper, who came to Aus tralia with the Oscar Asche combination on the occasion of, that company's first visit to A'Jstralia, has deserted the foot lights to tpadi society damsels the art of acting. In his earlier days Souper was a. school teacher in Australia, so that his knowledge of imparting knowledge should be of use to him^in his new sphere. Houdina, the Handcuff 'King, is proving a big attraction in America. Will the utility of the moving picture never cease. The latest news from Yan keeland is that they are now being used in several churches to ? increase the at tendances Sunday evenings and prayer meeting nights/ The idea- is said to biiFe largely increased the attendances, and'ene church after another, has -taken up^ the idea. ? ' According to Tom Armstrong, of Arm strong and Verne, at the King's -Theatre, the whole and only '-secret of a vaudeville artist's .sVicce^s is his power or luck — what you will— in holding his audience's attention ' the while be 'is on tbe stage. This is fatal if it wavers- but for an in stant. ' I have seen.' he said, 'an artist who has torn the roof down— say, on his opening night— walk off- ' the stage the nest night withoijt a hand, and all be cause a baby cried out a few seconds be fore he finished his performance, al though he was going big. Had the baby cried a few seconds later his act would have been a success. As it happened, however, the baby cried, and the minds of the audience and artist alike imme diately became centred on the child.- and the connecting link of sympathy 'twist artist and audience vras broken. A new organisation, of which the hon orable president is President Taft, of America, with Herbert L. Bridgman, of Brooklyn (U.S.A.). acting president, has been' formed for the purpose of . utilising the phonograph and the moving picture apparatus for historical records. These films and records are to be preserved for the use of future generations. _ Lan guages ' that may go out of use will be recorded, properly labeled and put away. Moving pictures of current events in ail departments will be taken and filed. Even battles on the field, as well as in the ring, may- thus be shown as they actually occurred in centuries to come, and part of the -equipment and force in future will be the ? camera and the camera man Battles frill then bave to be posed. The directors of the new so ciety are:— Vice-presidewts, Major-General F. D. Grant. UJS.A., Rear-Admiral R. E. Peary, Justice Victor J.' Dowling, Dr. George F. Kunz. John Barrett, Col. D. L. Brainard, ' ILS.A-, and- Alexander Gonta; treasurer, Louis Mansfield Ggden; secretarv, Wilnain Trowbridge. Lamed; assistant secretary, Chloige H. Lee. - This movement should create a fine -market for films that bave up to now been put in the discard after going the rounds of the picture houses. Hundreds of years from now the KilbaneiAttell battie will be shown to any one interested, also the Dreamland Fire, tbe Burial of the Maine, the Equitable Building Fire, the flight of -aeroplanes in 'their infancy. It- will behove moving picture concerns to- resur rect a.U tbe films on subjects having his torical -value since films were first taken, and prepare copies for the various his torical -headquarters. Pictures of Indian tribes and records of their languages, which are fast disappearing, can be 'canned' for future use. among other dia lects. Ernest Pitcher, the popular comedian at the King's, -who ext tacts music sweet and otherwise from all sorts of instru ments, is at present featuring ''Piccadilly.' The manner in which the. house sings 'Take Me Dpwn to Piccadilly' as an .ac companiment to Pitcher's solo is a strik ing tribute to the popularity : 'amed for this chorus -song 'by Gus Harris.

Sam Polusld, the English comedian out here some time ago on the Rickardian cir cuit, was asked for a definition of the word 'work.' Sam has given tbe matter long and studied deliberation, ? and after much research has discovered .that 'work is a dirty trick, mostly played on cab horees.' ' Bert Bailey is nearing the end of his season at the Paiace. The last perform ance of 'On Our Selection' will be given next Friday night. Then the actor manager will go on tour with' 'The Squat ter's Daughter,' 'Bonnie Mary,' and tie dramatic version of Steele Rudd's Austra lian book. Universal Films, Limited, has been suc cessfully floated under a capital of £65,000. Sir Albert Gould is chairman of directors. Mr. J. S. McCullagh, the managing direc tor, .takes up his duties after a thorough studv of picture business in Canada and the United States. The Australian pro duction of films will -embrace Australian history, drama, comedy, industrial, sce nic, and educational subjects. Universal Films, Limited, has absorbed and taken over the American Australasian Film Service, Limited, and the Australian Life Biograph Company, Limited. It is stat- ed that a number of films now in course of production will soon be on the Aus- tralian Life Biograph Company, Limited, and , that a, number of films now in course of production will soon be on the Australian and foreign markets. The new company, we are informed, has se cured a long lease of the whole of the first floor of the Canada Buildings, George street, Sydney., Next week's musical programme at the Town Hall Wondergraph pictures will be: —Overture, 'Home Circle' (Schloper giell); vatee, 'Miramai' (Sontini); valsc lehte 'Dans la Nuit' (Scoma); Morceau, 'Madrigale' (Simoretti); 'Buzz' (Ben dix), and 'Dream of Spring' (Flath); se lection, 'Incognita' (Lecocq); dance, 'A Southern IdriiLi§8?i«ri; $wo-fteps, 'T3ie Mjttthme'^f&ato^^y&igvy Day'* (Bat:, ron), and ^**Mpp;5gtftetH- -(Monckton) ; descriptive, '^HfeVJBfairie^ -Iseman); ga lop, 'Bijou' 'i GerrieH) ; and a novelty, 'Golliwog's Wedding',- (Blake). The American papers have printed ac counts of the death and 'burial' of George Fuller Golden, the popular yarn -fepinner and entertainer, who appeared in Sydney at the. Tivoii .a few years. ago. The genial George sHccumbed to consumption after a long illness. ' ''Variety,' a -New York paper, had the following paragraph: — l'Ijast Friday, at Bedloe's Island, the last rites over the remains of George Fuller Golden . were performed. George. M. Co han cast his ashes to the winds. The ceremonies 'were . quietly . performed, conducted, at tbe wish, it was said, of Mrs. Golden. The oaly persons present were those mentioned by Mr. Golden, before his death. Some secrecy was -thrown about -tbe - preparations to dis pose of the' deceased's ashes. A benefit leld at San' Francisco on March 8 netted Mrs. Golden £1,000. Upon returning to Los Angeles Mrs. Golden will run a boarding house for the support of herself and children. Her husband left £1,600 in life insurance.' . . ? . Andrew Mack, long warbling as the dis tressful Bonicicaultian Irishman in Ame rican vaudeville, shortly returns to the legitimate stage to present a new play, in which be will enact -the modern up to-date Hibernian. Andrew ' considers that there are great theatrical possibili ties about this character, who appears to stand for all the progress of old Ireland without any. of its prejndice. The unfor tunate part about Andrew s Hibernian, however, is tKat he can be as modern as maybe, but will always be American. . Ivot content with having the most suc cessful show in Australia—; Tiny Town— Boaumont Smith is now guilty of having written, in collaboration with Albert Ed munds, 'On Our Selection,' founded on Steele Rudd's famous book, and it was produced last week with good success in Sydney. Tiny Town concludes its first sir months in Australia by paying a fifth divi dend of SO^per cent. It has just conclud ed a season of 120 performances in Syd ney. A return season will probably be played in Adelaide in June. Mr. George WUloughby (managing di rector of George Marlow. Limited) ar rived in Melbourne last Monday to su pervise the final rehearsals of ' Qneen of the Redskins,' which he prophesies will be one of the biggest successes his firm has handled.' This play will be seen in Adelaide at an early date. Came Moore is now appearing in vaudeville under the Brennan-FuHer man agement at the Theatre Royal, Welling ton. Carrie' is anew performer in Maori land. A Wellington paper says: — 'Miss Moore, is possessed of a charming figure, a. good voice, and that rare gift, distinct enunciation. She 'gets there,' so to speak, from the moment of her entrance, and 'stays there' till the curtain is low ered over her act. In spite of the ex pense attached to engaging Miss Moore, the management have decided to . retain their usual popular prices.'

At the King's Theafecej-Melboupie, Sir. William Aiidersbn is miking elaborate iar- j early date', of iV:a^.iaffitary.'.Epectac1alar drama, based iipbn the . '' Australian.' boy scout movement.'-./-; . ;'..J- -;' ', . ? ' '. One day last weefc thiere ,wx* something of a commotion .in' Little Bourke street, Melbourne, which includes the Chinese quarter, and on which fronts ' the stage door of the Theatre Royal. There issued from the stage door a gorgeous-looking Chinese, magnificeiitly dad. in the full dress of a mandarin; and with the Order of the Peacock's Feather prominently dis played. The neighbouring Celestials, rushed from their doorways and chats tered excitedly, and a wave of great US terest thrilled the whole of the thorough fare. The mandarin, with great djgmty, entered a taricab, and was driven -iway; but it was some time before the/etcited Chinese resumed .their formal plicitude. It was only Mr. Gordon Harker, how ever,- who was on his way to/a, photo graphic studio to %ave h^spuj&ire taken. Mr. Harker appears in «' 'Xismef as a Chinaman in the great Uasaar/ scene, and his make up -is considerjed. to be one of the most remarkable ever '«een on the stage. * ,' j ? The invasion of the theatre by the music hall continues merrily iii .Lbndon. The latest step by tile Middlesex Music -Hall, London, is 'the inclusion, of. a full four-act drama in its vaudeville; b»H. The piece is 'The life GuardsmanJT by Walter Howard, -and is run as; a ^bntinuous per formance without intervals in order to save time. ''????? Childhood's days are: recalled py reading the names of some of 't&e characHiers in George Mar-low's next production, 'Queen of the Redskins.' They bring back to memory the time, when, zre 'used, to revel in Fennimore Cooper's' rjpvels and playing at Indians with our playmates. Here are the names of some o£^the ? characters in the play:— Bronco Bill,' Matawah, Fleet foot, Sambo, Great Bear, Stunning Water, Black Deer, Buffalo,. TJying Arrow, Dark Eye, Red Fawn. Fast/ Fox, Brown Bull,: White Buffalo, Dove/ Eye, Shooting Star. Pale Moon, and. W4n£etah. Then there are tribes of I*dian& |owboys, and ranch men. -??_ -

CHARACTERS IN 'OUR MISS GIBBS,' STOW AT THE ROYAL.

MR. BERTHS WRIGHT ? ,v as Timothy Gibbs.

MR. BERTHS WRIGHT ? ,v as Timothy Gibbs.

*S. ANDREW HIGGINSON - // as Lord Enysford.

*S. ANDREW HIGGINSON - // as Lord Enysford.

A Powerful Scene in 'The Red Rose,' a Powerful Play of Passion, to be pre sented at the Empire Theatre on Monday night.

A Powerful Scene in 'The Red Rose,' a Powerful Play of Passion, to be pre sented at the Empire Theatre on Monday night.

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