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The King Who Didn't Matter


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A piece of nonsense for all children under a hundred by Gordon Crier with lovely music by John Morley
Characters and, of course, the population of Paraphernalia and Hysteria
The BBC Midland Revue Chorus and the BBC Midland Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Burston
Produced by Martyn C. Webster
This musical play takes us into the kingdom of Paraphernalia which has already been visited twice before by the microphone. Gordon Crier, who wrote the book, is now with the Television department of the BBC, and Lawrence Baskcomb broadcast as the Skipper in the Melluish burlesque All at Sea. John Morley, who has written the music for this play, has also written music for a number of plays that have been broadcast from Midland.


Unknown: Gordon Crier
Music By: John Morley
Conducted By: Reginald Burston
Produced By: Martyn C. Webster
Unknown: Gordon Crier
King Oswald the Negligible, of Paraphernalia: Lawrence Baskcomb
Queen Malaria, his wife: Doris Nicholls
The Prime Minister: Alfred Butler
A Cabinet Minister: Helmar Fernback
Waldo, a wizard: Denis Folwell
The Lady Mayor of Hysteria: Christine Holt
A Ratepayer: Marjorie Westbury
Albert Ernest, another Hysterian: Fred Forgham

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