And Distribution of Hampers to Crippled
Relayed from the Guildhall
Triumphal entry of civic procession-Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, accompanied by 28 Metropolitan Mayors
Music by the CITY OF LONDON POLICE BAND
Short speech of welcome by Colonel LAWSON
(On behalf of the Little Cripples' Christmas
Short reply by Lord Mayor, Sir CHARLES BATHO
Entertainment for the Children
A Broadcast Version of the Opera by Mr. GAY
Being a Sequel to ' The Beggar's Opera,' freely adapted by CLIFFORD BAX
Music Arranged and Composed by FREDERICK
THE WIRELESS CHORUS and THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
Characters in order of speaking :
Slaves, Indians, l'irates. Women of the. Town
Scene : An Island in the West Indies
The Opera produced by STEPHEN THOMAS
THE popularity of The
Beggar's Opera induced Gay, the enterprising author, to make, in 1728, a sequel to it, which he called Polly.
This, for some unexplained reason, was at first suppressed by the Lord Chamberlain. Probably politics had a good deal to do with this, Walpole not relishing the idea of a renewal of the satiro of The Beggar's Opera. However, this banning only made publicity for the new work, of which ten thousand copies were actually sold in one year, making a small fortune for its author. The Opera was first acted only in 1777. It has much the same bountiful measure of songs as had its forerunner—seventy-one in the original edition. Its plot, laid in the West Indies, is full of heroics-fights of pirates and Indians, and the usual love story, bringing in our old friend the highwayman Macheath, of Gay's earlier Opera, under the name of Morano.
Polly Peachum has sailed for the Indies to follow her husband, Maeheath, who has been transported to an island there as a slave. She finds, on arriving, that he has run away from his master's plantation and turned pirate, and she is told that he lias married a transported slave.
Word comes that the pirates are coming.
Mr. Ducat, the wealthy planter, is an officer, and to him comes a soldier from a camp of Indians (\iho are in alliance with the islanders) begging him to fight. Ducat agrees.
The scene changes to the pirates' camp.
' Morano ' takes leave of his new wife, Jenny, and prepares to do battle, but lie has hopes of frightening Ducat, who is a coward, and by craft overcoming the Indians. l'olly, who has escaped from Ducat's house, is led in. disguised as a man. She is believed to be a spy. Macheath does not recognize her.
Morano plots to have his Jenny carried off, for lie wants to be rid of her. He hears that Polly is on the island, and says that if she be brought to him, he ' will restore her to Maeheath.'
The armies join battle, and the Indians rout the pirates. Polly being slightly wounded. In the end, after some small operatic complications, Jenny pairs off with one of the pirates, and Polly is restored to Maeheath.