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The Story of the Theatre Royal, told by Cyril Nash
Music written and arranged by Robert Chignell
The BBC Revue Chorus
The BBC Empire Orchestra
Leader, Daniel Melsa under the direction of Eric Fogg Production by Pascoe Thornton
(Empire Programme)
The popular actor, Cyril Nash , author of the radio programme The Bounty Mutineers, has compiled a radio history of Drury Lane, to be presented to Great Britain and the British Empire this afternoon. He himself will be the storyteller. Listeners will hear about this famous theatre from the days when it received its first charter three hundred years ago, down to Sir Thomas Beecham 's Russian Ballet and Opera SeaSon in 1914, and Rose Marie , Show Boat, Cavalcade, and even Glamorous Night. Various dramatic incidents in Drury Lane's career will be broadcast: 'Sweet Nell of Old Drury's' meeting with Charles II in the royal box ; David Garrick acting a scene from Othello ; a scene from The School for Scandal under Sheridan's management ; the witches' scene from Macbeth (Edmund Kean as Macbeth) ; an extract from a pantomime of the 'eighties introducing Dan Leno and Herbert Campbell , and a scene from The Whip (1909).
Finally, Ivor Novello himself will give a scene from Glamorous Night, now running at Drury Lane-a scene in which he and Dorothy Dickson will broadcast.


Told By:
Cyril Nash
Arranged By:
Robert Chignell
Daniel Melsa
Eric Fogg
Production By:
Pascoe Thornton
Cyril Nash
Sir Thomas Beecham
Rose Marie
David Garrick
Edmund Kean
Dan Leno
Herbert Campbell
Ivor Novello
Dorothy Dickson

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