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An Elephant in Arcady

Summary
1938 BBC studio production of the musical play An Elephant in Arcady that was running at the Kingsway Theatre in London and was twice brought into the studio for televising.
Theatre play
An Elephant in Arcady by Herbert Farjeon and Eleanor Farjeon [more information]
Date of transmission
Monday 28 November 1938
Time
3.00-4.15pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Stephen Thomas
Playwright
Eleanor Farjeon
Playwright
Herbert Farjeon
Music Adapted by
Ernest Irving
Conductor
Ernest Irving
Orchestra Led by
Boris Pecker (BBC Television Orchestra)
Cast
Harvey Braban
Elizabeth Darbishire
Edmund Donlevy
Geoffrey Dunn
Francis Edwards
Irene Eisinger
Laura Gorton
Linda Gray
George Howe
Hazel Jennings
Dudley Jones
John Lewis
Maria Luth
Gwen Mannering
Michael Marta
Michael O’Beirne
Gordon Parfitt
Percy Parsons
Charles Peters
Frederick Ranalow
Robert Rowell
Scott Russell
Esther Salaman
Eric Starling

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again at 9.20pm on Sunday 4 December 1938.
Notes
'Herbert Farjeon’s An Elephant in
Arcady, a brilliant musical pastiche produced at the Kingsway Theatre by television producer Stephen Thomas, is probably not everybody’s meat, but if you like good music, an amusing story, and beautiful costumes, this is just the show for you. The music is taken from composers like Mozart, Paisiello, and Scarlatti, with lyrics tacked on with clever irreverence. The entire West- End company will be in the studio on Monday.' ('Stay Home This Christmas’, ‘The Scanner’, Radio Times, 25 November 1938, p. 15)
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
18th-century setting; music drama

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 25 November 1938 (Magazine)
Title
Televised Plays: Material from the Theatre (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Anon.
Reference
The Times, 5 December 1938, p. 8
Notes
''Here indeed was a perfect television show - something to look at and something to listen to... The whole little "chamber operetta" was as dainty as a piece of Dresden china, and the effect on the viewer was to make him wish to see and hear it all again as soon as possible.'
Linking notes
brief article by ‘The Scanner’, p. 15; listing, p. 16

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