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Carissima

Summary
1959 BBC Television production of Carissima, a play with music by Eric Maschwitz. This was Ginger Rogers’ first live appearance on British television.
Theatre play
Carissima by Eric Maschwitz [more information]
Date of transmission
Monday 18 May 1959
Time
8.30pm (90 mins)
Series
Musical Playhouse
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Francis Essex
Playwright
Eric Maschwitz
Composer
Frank Cordell ('incidental music scored by’)
Composer
Hans May
Orchestra Directed by
David McCallum (leader of the Concert Orchestra)
Orchestra Directed by
Eric Robinson
Musician
Frank Horrox (solo pianist)
Designer
Guy Sheppard
Movement
Eleanor Fazan ('crowd scenes staged by’)
Cast
Robert AyresSnowy Adams
Lance CavanTony
Otto DiamantFleischmann
Roger GageTesti
Alex GallierMaître d’hôtel
Vicki HammondPowder Room Girl
Mark HeathSam
Louise HowardEdith
David HughesPaolo Marinelli
Robert MacKenzieThe Cameraman
Warren MitchellBinci
Guy Kingsley PoynterJoe Erdman
Brian ReeceLord Poleigh
George RoderickGiovanni
Ginger RogersLisa Marvin
John RutlandPietro
Ian WallaceBazzini
Hannah WattMaggie
Lizbeth WebbGiulietta

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Play tags
America, as theme or setting; Italy, as theme or setting; musical; television, as theme; theatre or acting, as theme

Print sources

Title
Ghost-Hunters’ Quiet Conviction: Force of the Unrehearsed (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Isabel Quigly (Reviewer)
Reference
The Manchester Guardian, 22 May 1959, p. 7
Title
Miss Ginger Rogers on BBC Television (Newspaper review)
Reference
The Times, 5 May 1959, p. 5
Title
Radio Times, 15 May 1959 (Magazine)
Linking notes
article, p. 3; listing, p. 11
Title
Tanner’s Worth of Tune: Rediscovering the Post-War British Musical (Book)
Author/creator
Adrian Wright (Author)
Reference
Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2010
Linking notes
brief mention on p. 5
Title
Unquote (Newspaper review)
Reference
The Manchester Guardian, 21 May 1959, p. 9

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