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Theatre Programme [13/11/1946]

Synopsis
First of the second series of the fortnightly theatrical review magazine commissioned for radio by the BBC Light Programme. Includes recordings of extracts from The English Arts Theatre company’s performance of Hamlet and Othello. The programme also includes a discussion on "Radio and Stage Acting: Are They Different?" with Val Gielgud, Gladys Young and Alec Guinness. Bruce Belfrage introduces the programme.
Series
Theatre Programme (Second Series)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
13 Nov 1946 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC Light Programme)
Duration
60 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Ayton Whitaker
Contributor
Alec Guinness; Bruce Belfrage; Gladys Young; Val Gielgud
Cast
Alec ClunesHamlet
Jack HawkinsClaudius
Fay ComptonGertrude
Elizabeth KentishOphelia

Additional Details

Theatre company
English Arts Theatre
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet; Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting techniques; radio drama; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Radio Times comments surrounding the launch of this 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 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 original launch of this programme can be found in Radio Times, 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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