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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 4 (July 1, 1939)

Musical and Theatrical Notices

Musical and Theatrical Notices.

Readers of the “Railway Miscellany” who were travelling to London for the first time, probably felt a thrill of excitement on seeing the list of musical and theatrical performances from which they might choose entertainment. There were Promenade Concerts, and a “musical pictorial entertainment” called the “Hibernia”; the latter was designed to familiarise people with the beauties of Ireland, and was “enlivened by songs and legends of the Emerald Isle.”

Drury Lane, The Lyceum, The Haymarket, The Adelphi, and other theatres were staging most attractive plays. All who were interested in “the half reasoning elephant” were strongly recommended to go to Astley's, where “these noble creatures” were performing in a piece entitled “The Wise Elephants of the East.” “Billy Button's Journey to Brentford” was also being given at “this favourite Amphitheatre.”