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The Insect Play


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by Karel Capek.
Translated by Paul Selver.
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum

(This programme will be repeated on Wednesday, June 7 and Monday, June 12)
(to 22.30)


Author: Karel Capek
Translated by: Paul Selver
Freely adapted for the English stage by: Nigel Playfair
Freely adapted for the English stage by: Clifford Bax
Music: Frederic Austin
Choreography: Andree Howard
Costumes: Hugh Stevenson
Settings: Malcolm Baker-Smith
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader: Boris Pecker
Conductor: Hyam Greenbaum
Production: Stephen Thomas
The Lepidopterist: Wilfred Grantham
The Tramp: Edmund Willard
The Chrysalis: Pamela Standish
Mr. Beetle: Frank Birch
Mrs. Beetle: Maire O'Neill
Robber Beetle: Charles Peters
The Ichneumon Fly: Rupert Bruce Lockhart
The Larva: Sheila Kay
Mr. Cricket: Leslie French
Mrs. Cricket: Wendy Toye
The Parasite: Geoffrey Wincott
The Blind Ant Timekeeper: Wilfred Frank
Chief Engineer: George Hayes
Second Engineer: John Boxer
Messenger: Douglas Allen
Inventor: Rupert Bruce Lockhart
Signal Officer: Bruce Adams
Journalist: Charles Peters
Philanthropist: Maire O'Neill
Commander of the Yellows: Frank Birch
First Snail: Wilfred Grantham
Second Snail: Leslie French
The Butterflies and Moths: Charlotte Bidmead
The Butterflies and Moths: Celia Franks
The Butterflies and Moths: Ann Gee
The Butterflies and Moths: Elizabeth Hamilton
The Butterflies and Moths: Mary Hatton
The Butterflies and Moths: Anthony Kelly
The Butterflies and Moths: Hugh Laing
The Butterflies and Moths: Belinda Smith
The Butterflies and Moths: Therese Langfield
The Butterflies and Moths: Alec Raysman
The Butterflies and Moths: Susan Reeves
The Butterflies and Moths: Brenda Seth

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