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Drake's Progress


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[Starring] Charlie Drake
with Valentine Dyall
and Robert Dorning, Leslie Perrins, Paul Hardtmuth, Penelope Bartley, Shirley Cooklin, Peggyann Clifford, Arthur Mullard, Malou Pantera, Mary Marshall, Eva Hall, Samuel Manseray

Standing just 5 ft. 1 ins. in his socks - a practice he doesn't make a habit of - Charlie Drake confessed that when he was first invited to break away from playing second fiddle to other comedians and appear in his own show, he felt like a bullfighter who'd found himself alone in the arena with only the bull for company.
'That's what they call The Moment of Truth,' he said. This moment came to Charlie just under twelve months ago when he launched the first series of Drake's Progress. Since then, the little man with the sandy hair has considerably increased his stature in the world of entertainment. His first TV sketch some years ago at the Nuffield Centre was described by one critic as 'a stinker.' Two weeks ago in Radio Times, Sir Compton Mackenzie was able to write of him, 'As a knockabout he is unsurpassed, but he possesses a kind of wistfulness which without the faintest attempt to win it, often borders on pathos.' This, then, is the measure of Drake's Progress, which continues tonight.


Script: S.C. Green
Script: R.M. Hills
Script: Charlie Drake
Designer: George Djurkovic
Devised by/Producer: George Inns
Comedian: Charlie Drake
[Actor]: Valentine Dyall
[Actor]: Robert Dorning
[Actor]: Leslie Perrins
[Actor]: Paul Hardtmuth
[Actress]: Penelope Bartley
[Actress]: Shirley Cooklin
[Actress]: Peggyann Clifford
[Actor]: Arthur Mullard
[Actress]: Malou Pantera
[Actress]: Mary Marshall
[Actress]: Eva Hall
[Actor]: Samuel Manseray

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