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' COMUS'

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A Masque altered from Milton
The music by Ame transcribed and arranged (including additional numbers from MS sources) by Julian Herbage , who condudi
The BBC Orchestra
(Section C)
Led by Laurance Turner
The Actors : .'
(by permission of Bronson Albery )
The Singers :
Chorus of Bacchanals, spirits, etc.
The BBC Singers (A and B) Produced by Peter Creswell
Colman's version of Milton's masque introduces us at once to Comus and his crew of monsters, with bodies of men and women but headed like wild beasts. Their revelry is cut short by the approach of the Lady, benighted in the woods, having lost the protection of her two brothers. Having disguised himself by 4 dazzling spells' as a shepherd, Comus offers to guide her to her brothers, and meanwhile to lodge her at a humble cottage near by. No sooner have they gone than the brothers, greatly alarmed at the loss of their sister, appear on the scene. They are met by the Attendant Spirit, who has assumed the disguise of their father's shepherd, Thyrsis. He tells them how Comus, by ensnaring the thirsty traveller with his baneful cup, transforms his victim into the likeness of a savage beast. As he is speaking a rout of Comus's revellers enter and vainly tempt the brothers to join their throng.
In the second act the Lady, lured by Comus into his palace, is seated in an enchanted chair. All manner of sweet delights and soft arguments are used in a vain endeavour to seduce the Lady from her steadfast purity. Just as Comus makes a final attempt to break down her resistance, the brothers rush in and put the enchanter and his crew to flight. The Lady, however, is left immovable in the chair, and to free her the Attendant Spirit invokes the nymph Sabrina. Sabrina's incantations release the Lady, who is joyfully reunited to her brothers. The Attendant Spirit, his task accomplished, leaves the happy mortals for his dwelling in ' the broad fields of the sky '.
An article by Julian Herbage will be found on page 12.

Contributors

Unknown: Julian Herbage
Unknown: Laurance Turner
Unknown: Bronson Albery
Produced By: Peter Creswell
Unknown: Julian Herbage
Comus: Robert Holme*
Attendant Spirit: M Landalt
Elder Brother: Dudley Jones
Younger Brother: Patrick Devitt
The Lady: Mary Hinton
A Woman Bacchanal: Lilian Harrison
A Speaker: Leslie Bradley
A Bacchanal: John Fullard
A Spirit: Edward Reach
Pastoral Nymph: Gwenn Knight
Sabnna: Gwenn Knight
A Woman Bacchanal: Olive Dyer

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