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The Children's Hour: The Tale of a Shoe


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A Musical Play for Children by Rodney Bennett and Gerrard Williams
The Station Repertory Choir
The Station Orchestra Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Mrs. Hubbard, penniless through the taxation of King Wilfred, who has driven King Cole from his throne, decided to run a boarding school for the boys and girls of Rimeland. For the purpose, she takes 'The Shoe', where the famous Old Woman lived once upon a time. For her page-boy she has Simple Simon, and for her little serving-maid Polly Flinders.
No one knows where King Cole has really gone, nor what has become of his little daughter and the young Prince of Hearts. They all get into 'The Shoe' however, and Father Christmas arrives on Christmas Day. Polly sees pictures in the fire. Alexander the Cat falls into the well, the wicked Duchess of Banbury Cross does as much mischief as she can, and they all live happily ever after.
Scene: The Parlour of 'The Shoe.'
Time: The Good Old Days of Nursery Rimes.


Writer: Rodney Bennett
Writer: Gerrard Williams
Singers: The Station Repertory Choir
Musicians: The Station Orchestra
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite
King Cole (first disguised a Pieman): William Worsley
Polly Flinders (who is, really his daughter): Dorothy Champion
Mrs. Hubbard: Bronwen Davies
Simple Simon: Sidney Evans
Duchess of Banbury Cross (who is really a witch): Susie Stevens
Florizel, the Prince of Hearts (who first appears as 'the cat'): Michael Hasker
Boy Blue, Bo Peep, Tom Tucker, Jack Horner, Ponto, a Dog, Jackie Green, the Villain, Tommy Snout, Georgie Porgie, and Chorus of Pupils: [artists uncredited]

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The Children's Hour: The Tale of a Shoe

5WA Cardiff, 19 January 1928 17.15

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