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Theatre Programme [24/04/1946]

Alternative title
Dame Edith Evans
Synopsis
Third of a fortnightly theatrical review magazine commissioned for radio by the BBC Light Programme. The theatre star invited to perform her favourite part for this episode is Shakespeare actress Edith Evans who plays extracts from As You Like It and The Importance of Being Earnest. Evans is supported by Frank Partington and Graham Doody. Other features of the programme include a sound-picture of the first night of Cymbeline at Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April, a discussion on period plays in modern dress conducted by Val Gielgud, Robert Atkins, Alec Guinness and a regular first-night theatre-goer. Peter Ustinov talks about this new play The Banbury Nose. The programme is introduced by Patrick Waddington of the Reunion Theatre Association.
Series
Theatre Programme
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
24 Apr 1946 at 21:15 (Channel: BBC Light Programme)
Duration
45 mins
Availability
No archive copy known (1/2008)

Credits

Producer
Ayton Whitaker; Felix Felton
Contributor
Alec Guinness; Patrick Waddington; Peter Ustinov; Robert Atkins; Val Gielgud
Cast
Edith EvansRosalind
Frank Partington 
Graham Doody 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
As You Like It; Cymbeline
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
actors; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Modern dress productions

Notes

General
Radio Times comments surrounding the launch of this new theatrical programme suggest that the series was meant to deal with as many matters of theatrical interest as possible. The slot usually encompassed a brief performance by a recognised star, short discussions on current theatrical affairs or methods of production, occasional interviews with foreign actors and personal glimpses of theatrical staff not usually credited, such as stage-doorkeepers, understudies and carpenters. The programme had its own opening and closing tune, taken from Purcell’s "Ayres for the Theatre".
Reviews
General notes regarding the launch of this programme can be found in the Radio Times listings magazine, cf. issues dated 8 and 22 March 1946, pp.3 and 5 respectively.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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