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The Private Life of Hilda Tablet


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A parenthesis for radio by Henry Reed
Mr. Henry Reed, the author of this script, writes: 'I am not, of course, the author of this script. The author is my friend Mr. Herbert Reeve; but he has not been in much of a shape lately to collect his thoughts, and I have done it for him. After his earlier work on the late novelist Richard Shewin, which he collected together under the title of "A Very Great Man Indeed", Mr. Reeve had many requests for further information about other people whom he had chanced on during his researches. He does not think it would be quite fair to any of his kindly informants to gratify this curiosity, but clearly an exception may be made in the case of the gifted composeress Hilda Tablet. Indeed, Mr. Reeve has had little choice in the matter.'


Author: Henry Reed
Producer: Douglas Cleverdon
Music composed by: Donald Swann
Hilda Tablet, a composeress: Mary O'Farrell
Herbert Reeve, a scholar: Hugh Burden
Stephen Shewin: Carleton Hobbs
Connie, his wife: Gwen Cherrell
Muffy, Milly, etc., her cats: Vivienne Chatterton
Elsa Strauss, a singer: Marjorie Westbury
Sir Eric Tablet, Hilda's father: Norman Shelley
Lady Tablet, Hilda's mother: Susan Richmond
Evelyn Baxter, Hilda's secretary: Colin Campbell
The Duke of Mulset: Frank Duncan
The Duchess of Mulset: Diana Maddox
The Rector of Mull Extrinseca: Deryck Guyler
Nancy Shewin: Dorothy Primrose
Owen Shewin: Denis Quilley
Janet Shewin: Gwen Cherrell
Brian Shewin: Wilfrid Downing
George Shewin: Marjorie Westbury
Humphrey Shewin: Wilfrid Downing
Miss Welbeck, a headmistress: Vivienne Chatterton
Harold Reith, a librettist: Frank Duncan
R. Egerton Bunningfield, A.R.A.: Norman Shelley
Roger Cloud, a male composer: Deryck Guyler
Mrs Pitney: Vivienne Chatterton
Reuben Cobb: Carleton Hobbs

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The Private Life of Hilda Tablet

Third Programme, 24 May 1954 19.30

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