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: The Children's Hour

Magdalen Morgan: Yr Hyn a Welodd Gerallt yng Nghymru yn 1188 - IX
(What Gerald saw in Wales in 1188 - IX)

(From Swansea)


Storyteller: Magdalen Morgan

: Here and There

by Stephen King-Hall

(Daventry National Programme)


Speaker: Stephen King-Hall

: The First News

Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin, and Bulletin for Farmers, followed by West Regional Announcements

: Channel Currents

A Review of Events in the West Region

: The Play Evolves: No. 3

(See centre column)

The Past seen from the Future: 3

A Dramatic Surmise by Ifan Kyrle Fletcher of a thousand years in the Theatres of the West.
This is the Third Session of the Utopian National Commission, held in the Council Chamber of the Proserpina Cinema de Luxe. Utopia (A.D. 2032), being a consideration of theatrical entertainments in the early eighteenth century in the West Region, including a performance of
'The London Merchant'
or 'The History of George Barnwell' (1731)
by George Lillo
Thorowgood, a merchant
Barnwell, uncle to George
George Barnwell apprentices to Trueman
Thorowgood apprentices to Trueman

Maria, daughter to Thorowgood
Servants, Officers, etc.

Scene: London and a village in Shropshire
With Airs and Songs of the Eighteenth Century, played by the Western Studio Orchestra, conducted by Reginald Redman

The Programme arranged for broadcasting and produced by Cyril Wood

Tonight at 9.35.

The five members of the Commission, holding its third Session - Terpsichore, Mrs. Sarah Siddons, the Reverend Arthur Bedford, Twm o'r Nant and William Genest - are already well known to listeners for their vigorous differences of opinion. Tonight they will have ample cause for further discussion of the play chosen from the repertoire of the early eighteenth century. But the eighteenth century theatre must not be judged only by its plays. It has a claim to honourable remembrance as the home of great acting, exemplified in the glamorous performances of Garrick and Mrs. Siddons. And it must not be forgotten that it was in this century that the provincial playhouses sprang up, providing the theatre with new audiences, and a new popular appeal.


Author (The London Merchant): George Lillo
Musicians: The Western Studio Orchestra
Conductor: Reginald Redman
Arranged by/Producer: Cyril Wood

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