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The Dancing Years

Summary
BBC production of Ivor Novello’s musical play The Dancing Years, the first presentation in the Musical Playhouse series.
Theatre play
The Dancing Years by Ivor Novello [more information]
Date of transmission
Wednesday 11 February 1959
Time
8.30pm
Series
Musical Playhouse
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Graeme Muir
Jack Carter (credited with ‘Production scenes staged by’)
Adapted for Television by
Alfred Shaughnessy
Book by
Ivor Novello
Composer
Ivor Novello
Lyrics
Christopher Hassall
Musical Direction
Eric Robinson
Orchestra Directed by
David McCallum (and the George Mitchell Singers)
Sets / Settings
Clifford Hatts
Dancer
Joy Carter
Dancer
Joyce Gearing
Dancer
Seamus Gordon
Dancer
Jeanne Lusby
Dancer
Graham MacCormick
Dancer
Graham Smith
Cast
Leslie BakerAn Officer
Sari BarabasMaria Zeigler
Nancy EvansCacille Kurt
Charmian EyreCountess Lotte
Nora GordonHattie Watney
Joyce GreggSecond Reporter
Stewart GuidottiCarl
Philip HowardFootman / Third Reporter
June LaverickGrete Schone
Graham LeamanDock Official / Joseph
Patricia MortLilli / Kathie
Laurence PayneRudi Kleber
Janek SmigielskiOtto
John StoddartA Nightwatchman / Ceruti
Peter TuddenhamFranzel
Malcolm WatsonOscar
Frederick WheldonStage-Decor Keeper / First Reporter
Dennis WoodPrince Charles Metterling

Additional details

Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
Austria, as theme or setting; class issues / differences; music drama

Print sources

Title
Brighter Fortnights (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Maurice Richardson (Reviewer)
Reference
The Observer, 15 February 1959, p. 18
Title
Dancing Years in a New Medium: Dim Reflection of Novello’s Style (Newspaper review)
Reference
The Times, 12 February 1959, p. 5
Title
Radio Times, 6 February 1959 (Magazine)
Linking notes
cover page image and pp. 4 (article) and 17 (listing)

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