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The opening of the new London Pavilion,
Monday, 30 November 1885.
The first night's entertainment included turns by
Constance Loseby, De Voy, Leclercq and Co., Amy Verte, the Sisters Watson,
Rosee Heath, Harry Randall, Pat Feeney, Fred Albert,
Madame Garetta and her pigeons,
G.H. Chirgwin, Arthur Lloyd, G.H. Macdermott, Mrs. Lennard Charles,
G.W. Hunter, Charles Godfrey, Nelly Farrell, and the Frediani Troupe.
'London Pavilion. - Mr. Edwin Villiers has made a wonderful metamorphosis here. The old London Pavilion has given place to a new structure which outstrips every rendezvous of the kind in England, and possibly the European continent. The exterior of the hall, the noble proportions of which are enhanced by its commanding site and airy surroundings, is imposing; while it is only to reach the interior of the edifice to find that the whole gamut of modern architectural and decorative art has been drawn upon to make this hall beautiful. And not only does it charm the eye, but the many provisions that have been made for the personal comfort of the visitors help to accentuate its material virtues; in a word, the auditorium breathes luxury and comfort. A curious fact is this, too: - the old London Pavilion has been completely obliterated; not only stone was allowed to stand upon another; its successor is entirely new, and yet withal bears, from certain standpoints, a wonderfully strong resemblance to the hall which has gone before. In taking on with the new love, there has been a deliberate favour shown to the old. The tables in stalls and area seem to take their old places; there is the same presidential chair with its back to the orchestra, - happily, the same president to fill it; the waiters that hurry to and fro were to be seen here before the old building was destroyed; and, best of all, there is Mr. Sam Adams, who has been manager of the London Pavilion for years, still filling the same office, and showing that administrative skill and courtesy which have proved of good service in times gone by.
Mr. G.H. Macdermott was so out of voice as to be unable to sing; but to show there was nothing like an intended breach of faith, the popular comedian was brought to the footlights by Mr. Villiers just to speak an excuse, and thus show the honourableness of his intentions. Mrs. Lennard Charles sang with excellent spirit and with success, and the Pinauds gave one of the very best grotesque "shows" that has ever been tendered on any stage, which Mr. G.W. Hunter exhibited all that dryness which has brought him such a fund of popularity. Miss Nellie Richards negotiated a new lease of favour by her tuneful contributions, and Mr. Charles Godfrey again afforded proof of his power to do justice to that material where manifestations of dramatic force are vitally necessary. Miss Nelly Farrell in genuinely Irish song once more asserted her supremacy, while the last feature of the programme was supplied by the Frediani Troupe, who gave an acrobatic display. During the evening Mr. Villiers, in a few happy phrases, addressed the audience.'
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