Act I, Scene 2 (omitting from the entry of Julia to the entry of Mrs. Malaprop)
Act III, Scene 3
Act IV. Scene 2
Act V. Scene I (from the entry of Lydia and Maid)
The wittiest play of one of the wittiest men who ever wrote for the English stage, The Rivals was first produced at Covent Garden in January, 1775. It was Sheridan's first play, and it failed. Four years later, when he was manager of the Drury Lane, he put it on again, with better success. It has now passed into the repertory of stage classics, and one of the most notable revivals took place at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, a few years ago. With its romantic young lady and her very practical lover, and so famous a trio of characters as Mrs. Malaprop, Bob Acres, and Sir Lucius O'Trigger (one of the few stage Irishmen really credibly drawn), and its humour culminating in the unforgettable duel scene, The Rivals is a comedy of manners that will always appeal to anybody who can appreciate either humour or wit.
THE railways and the highways stretch their network all over the country, but the countryside itself eludes them. To get to grips with it, one must leave the traffic routes and walk. That is what the rambler does. He may have some particular interest-in flowers or birds or trees, agriculture or antiquities-or he may merely enjoy walking around the country in congenial company. This talk will explain the aims and methods of the Rambling Clubs, with special reference to the Countryside and Footpaths Preservation Conference, which opens at Leicester next week.
The Story: Chloe Vane gets bored with her convent-school at Marseilles, and when you come to think of it, what Operatic heroine wouldn't? A maid of infinite resource, moreover, she disguises herself as a cabin-boy on the good ship Mermaid in order to reach England.
This merry and amusing libretto is wedded to a very charming 'score.' Much of the music is traditional, in using which, Mr. Gerrard Williams follows the lead of Gay, Dibden and other past masters, as well as several moderns. Altogether, an engagingly light-hearted affair.
PLAYWRIGHT, revue writer, lyricist, composer, actor and almost everything else, Mr. Noel Coward can safely be called the most, brilliant young man that the postwar generation has produced in England. Ho is very soon to go to America to take charge of the New York production of This Year of Grace, the revue now running at tho London Pavilion, of which he wrote the book, the lyrics and the music, in which he will act in New York.
Tonight's broadcast is, therefore, a farewell appearance on this side.
VIVIENNE CHATTERTON and IVAN
(Vocal Duets and Thumb Nail
(The Girl who Whistles in her Throat)
SANDY ROWAN (Scots Comedian)
(in ' The Disorderly Room,' by Eric Blore )
JACK PAYNE and the B.B.C. DANCE
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