By Christopher Fry. Based on the production by E. Martin Browne at the Mercury Theatre.
Produced for television:
Tomorrow the first cricket test match between England and India opens at Lord's. It will be televised in the afternoon and early evening of all three days.
This evening viewers are taken to Lord's to see the arrangements which have been made for them to follow the play.
John Walker, Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and John Rothenstein, Director of the Tate Gallery, discuss some of the American pictures now on exhibition at the Tate Gallery
(By permission of the Arts Council of Great Britain)
(prior to their season at Sadler's Wells Theatre)
in "Gala Performance", a ballet by Antony Tudor.
Music by Prokofiev
with Sally Gilmour, Walter Gore, Sonia Arova, Joyce Graeme, John Gilpin,
Petita Pasley, Michael Bayston, Stanley Newby, Harry Cordwell and full company with full orchestra conducted by Leighton Lucas
The Ballet Rambert was formed under the direction of Madam Marie Rambert in 1926. The company has included many famous dancers such as Markova, Frederick Ashton, Anne Tudor, and Pearl Argyle.
The company spent most of the war years working for the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, taking the ballet all over the country to audiences who had never seen it before. Recently the Ballet Rambert completed an eight weeks' tour of Germany for E.N.S.A.
It has a large repertoire of the classics as well as modern ballets by Frederick Ashton. Walter Gore, Anthony Tudor, Frank Stass, and Andre Howard.
"Gala Performance", which is being televised tonight, is the work of Antony Tudor, with music by Prokofiev. It is a work admirably suited for the television screen and one which should appeal to all viewers whether they are seasoned ballet fans or newcomers to this medium of artistic expression.
With verses spoken by Reginald Arkell, and illustrations by Harry Rutherford