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The Gay Galliard: 1: First Meeting


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The love story of Mary Queen of Scots by Margaret Irwin
Dramatised as a play for radio in four parts by Spike Hughes
[Starring] Valerie Hobson and James McKechnie
with John Laurie
Incidental music composed by Frank Cordell
The Orchestra (Leader, Percy Coates)
Conducted by Frank Cordell
Production by Douglas Moodie
'Remember Scotland. If you come to it, Scotland will always remember you. You will be such a queen as they would make songs and stories of until the end of time.' With these words James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, tried to comfort the eighteen-year-old Queen of France and Scotland. In her historical novel 'The Gay Galliard' Margaret Irwin vividly relates the love story of Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell from his first sight of her 'walking down a street in Paris, swift and shining in the sunlight as though made of Venetian glass,' until their final parting on the battlefield of Canberry Hill. it is a story from a spacious age and, with Margaret Irwin's brilliant characterisation, men and women from history once more walk in the sunlight, live in the shadow of sudden death, and love by the light of the moon.


Author: Margaret Irwin
Dramatised by: Spike Hughes
Incidental music composed by: Frank Cordell
Leader: Percy Coates
Conductor: Frank Cordell
Production: Douglas Moodie
Mary Stuart, Queen of France and Scotland: Valerie Hobson
James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell: James McKechnie
John Knox: John Laurie
Duchesse d'Orleans (the Queen's grandmother): Joan Young
The Queen's brothers - Lord James Stuart: Derek Birch
The Queen's brothers - Lord John Stuart: Ross Wilson
Jan (Lord Bothwell's sister): Jacqueline MacKenzie
Hubert of Paris: Michael Allen
Lord Arran: Richard Waring
Maitland of Lethington: Peter Creswell

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The Gay Galliard: 1: First Meeting

Light Programme, 1 October 1951 20.00

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