Robert Speaight as Becket in scenes from E. Martin Browne's production
"Murder in the Cathedral" by T.S. Eliot from the Duchess Theatre
(by arrangement with J. P. Mitchelhill)
This play was produced by E. Martin Browne - in this afternoon's production he is playing the part of the Fourth Tempter and Knight - at the Canterbury Festival in 1935. It was first performed in the Chapter House at Canterbury.
The play deals with the last month of Becket's life. The dialogue is written almost entirely in rhyming verse and the chorus - more than anything else, the play is Greek in form - is in free verse. Robert Speaight, G.R. Schjelderup, and E. Martin Browne played in the radio version broadcast last January.
First Tempter and Knight:
Second Tempter and Knight:
Third Tempter and Knight:
Fourth Tempter and Knight:
by H. D. C. Pepler
Death and the Maiden, to music by Schubert
Lord Ronald, to traditional music
The Bargain Basement, to music by Moszkowski
The Burglar to music by Frederick Page
St George and the Dragon to music by Frederick Page
Hilary Pepler teaches mime at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Recently he produced two Sunday shows in London - "The Field is Won" at the Victoria Palace, and "The Hunting of the Snark" at the Little Theatre. He has been interested in mask and mime for many years. In America he produced his own version of St. Joan with eighty characters, and a political mime dealing with prohibition and kidnapping. His most notable success on the other side of the Atlantic, however, was a performance of "The Passion" by North American Indians in their national costume at Santa Fe.
H. D. C.
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