NEW ALHAMBRA BALLET.
Once again has the Alhambra management hit the mark, and in decisive
fashion, too, for it was to cheers and hearty applause and congratulations for
Mr. SLATER that the curtain was lowered on the final scene of the new ballet.
"A Day Off" does not belong to the category of the grand nor of the
spectacular ballet, but is, what is meant to be, a bright and amusing spectacle, a romp
of medley and flashing skirts.
Mrs. Charles WILSON, who is the "inventor" of the spectacle, carries
it over three scenes, the first of which is the office of an estate agent,
where everyone, father, son, and mother, each and one make up their minds to a day
off with a trip to Boulogne. It is on the deck of the La Marguerite that the
dancing begins, and a first glimpse of the many pretty costumes that followed
Mr. Fred FARREN, a nimble and skillful dancer, as Captain KETTLE, is
very like the hero of the stories, and the belles of London, in dainty frocks
of white and navy blue, and their attendant beaux step a merry measure. It is,
however, in the final scene, where the party of trippers are enjoying
themselves in the casino gardens at Boulogne, that a triumph of charming but unforced
effect is reached. The pageant of the nations has given national costumes of
pretty and novel design. There is a run of colour in the ascending scale,
vivid, bright, full of contrast, yet unfatiguing to the vision. The sober tints of
the fisher boys' and girls' costumes, to the gay uniforms of the military, the
rich dresses of the foreign visitors, with the yellow and green of Russia and
Austria, the white, blue, red of England, France, and America, set off by the
deeper shades that garbed the representatives of Germany and Spain, and the
smart gowns of the crowd, had been blended together with a master eye for
Mr. G. W. BYNG's score was quite caught the spirit of the movement. It
has swing and go, with one or two pretty waltz measures, and though not
illustrative of any decided melody, is tuneful and in keeping with the requirements
of the occasion.