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A Scene from ' Twelfth Night ' in modem and in Elizabethan speech
Shakespearean pronunciation by F. G. Blandford
Act 1, Scene 5
When London Calling A.D. 1600, broadcast in April, 1936, was discussed between the producer, M. H. Allen , and the author, Herbert Farjeon , the latter happened to mention that he had seen F. G. Blandford 's production of Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene 5, in Elizabethan English at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge. It was decided to ask Mr. Blandford to do a scene for this broadcast, and he came up from Cambridge and took the rehearsals. It was one of the most effective things in London Calling, which conjectured what listeners might have heard had broadcasting been invented in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Now Miss Allen and Miss Burnham are going to produce part of Act 1, Scene 5, first in modem English pronunciation and then in Elizabethan pronunciation, the scene which Mr. Blandford gave at Cambridge. The producers believe that, spoken in this way, Shakespeare has a music and rhythm which Edith Evans , almost alone among actresses, gives it today. In the Elizabethan version the girls' parts will be played by boys as they were played in Shakespeare's day.
Harold Reese , who broadcasts as Viola, took that part in London Calling.
Stanley Axham , who broadcasts as Olivia, played Isaac in Miss Allen's production of Abraham and Isaac last July and again in the revival on November 28.


Unknown: F. G. Blandford
Producer: M. H. Allen
Unknown: Herbert Farjeon
Unknown: F. G. Blandford
Unknown: Edith Evans
Unknown: Harold Reese
Unknown: Stanley Axham
Maria: Dorothy Tetley
Maria: Robin Maule
Olivia: Lilian Harrison
Olivia: Stanley Axham
Malvolio: Carleton Hobbs
Viola: Nancy Hornsby
Viola: Harold Reese

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