British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

News and Views of the Theatre [05/09/1923]

Synopsis
Talk by BBC radio’s first drama critic Archibald Haddon. Among the various stage plays that he praises for their comic qualities, he discusses J. M. Barrie’s ‘Rosalind’. A "comedy of disillusionment", it has Beatrice, a middle-aged actress on leave (played by Lilian Braithwaite) as its heroine. In Haddon’s opinion, "The witchery of Barrie is exercised when the actress, unexpectedly called to London to resume the part of Rosalind in ‘As You Like It’, reappears before her [youthful] admirer rejuvenated at the prospect." (Hullo Playgoers: Wireless Theatre Talks Broadcast to the British Isles from 2LO, London: Cecil Palmer, 1924, p. 39).
Series
News and Views of the Theatre
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
5 Sep 1923 at 19:15 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
15 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Writer
Archibald Haddon
Contributor
Archibald Haddon

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
As You Like It
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Barrie, J. M. (1860 - 1937)

Notes

History
Barrie’s short comedy premiered on 14th October 1912 at the Duke of York Theatre, London.
Textual information
Haddon’s talks are published in his Hullo Playgoers: Wireless Theatre Talks Broadcast to the British Isles from 2LO, London: Cecil Palmer, 1924. This talk is entitled ‘Favourite Comedians’ (pp.36-41).
Reviews
Source: The Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 437 times.