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King’s Rhapsody

Summary
The producer of this BBC Television production of Ivor Novello’s musical King’s Rhapsody ‘ingeniously cut the three and a quarter hours of the original action to an hour and a half’ (Radio Times, 12 July 1957, p.15). Vanessa Lee reprised the role of Princess Cristiane which she took in the 1949 stage premiere at the Palace Theatre, London.
Theatre play
King’s Rhapsody by Ivor Novello [more information]
Date of transmission
Wednesday 17 July 1957
Time
9.00pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Douglas Moodie
Don Higgins (credited with ‘Illustrations’)
Playwright
Ivor Novello
Composer
Ivor Novello
Lyrics
Christopher Hassall
Musical Arrangements by
Alan Yates
Conductor
Eric Robinson (conducted the George Mitchell Singers and the orchestra)
Musician
Sybilla Marshall (solo piano)
Musician
Felton Rapley (organ)
Designer
Richard Henry
Costume Supervisor
Joyce Hammon
Make-up Supervisor
Susan Park
Dances Arranged by
Mark Stuart
Dancer
David Dulac
Dancer
Roy Evans
Dancer
Dorothy Fraser
Dancer
Derina House
Dancer
David Lusby
Dancer
Michael Miller
Dancer
Anthony Newman
Dancer
Kay Sargent
Dancer
Terry Skelton
Dancer
Joan Weston
Associate Producer
Albert Stevenson
Cast
Nicholas AmerVolkoff
Bruno BarnabeChief Revolutionary
Brenda Bennetta minor part
Hamlyn BensonThe Archibishop
Gay CameronPrincess Hulda
Ruth Clarka minor part
Linda DixonPrincess Kirsten
Ian FlemingKing Peter of Norseland
Margot GrahameMarta Karillos
June GrantCountess Vera Lemainken
Irene Harrisona minor part
David HemmingsThe Boy King
Mary HignettCountess Olga Varsov
Mary HintonQueen Elena of Murania
Griffith JonesNikki
Frederick Kelseya minor part
John KiddJules
Vanessa LeePrincess Cristiane
Moira MannionMadame Koska
Denis MartinCount Egon Stanieff
Donald McColloma minor part
Roger Ostimea minor part
Lilian Padmorea minor part
William Patenalla minor part
Austin TrevorVanescu

Additional details

Play tags
19th-century setting; musical; royalty

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 12 July 1957 (Magazine)
Linking notes
article and listing, with photograph, on p. 15

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