'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST'
OSCAR WILDE'S play, first produced at the St. James's Theatre in 1895 and frequently revived since, is admittedly one of the most brilliant comedies over acted on an English stage. It is, in fact, probably the finest example of the pure comedy of manners, of characterisation and witty dialogue, written in English between the - death of Sheridan and the outbreak of Mr. Noel Coward.
THE month before Christmas is the season for -L children's books, and nowadays they come pouring from the publishing houses in bewildering numbers and of a confusingly high standard. In this evening's talk Lady Gerald Wellesley , who is known to her readers as Dorothy Wellesley , will give some guide to people intending to buy.
THIS evening's talk in the series oh Tendencies in Industry Today deals with a subject that is being widely and keenly discussed now that women are everywhere establishing themselves in the economic sphere. Miss Lynda Grier has been Principal of Lady Margaret Hall , Oxford, since 1921 ; she is an ex-President of the Economics Section of the British Association, and she carried out an exhaustive investigation into the substitution of men by women in industry during the war, which was published by authority of the Association, in 1919 to 1921.
(The Well-known Revue Star in Selections from his Repertoire)
WOLSELEY CHARLES (at the Piano);
HARLEY and BARKER (Entertainers at the Piano)
CLARICE MAYNE with BOBBY ALDERSON
JACK PAYNE and the B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
CLIVE BELL and Mr. DESMOND MACCARTHY
THE relations between -art and life, and between society and the artist, have been a problem as long as civilization has existed. In our modern industrial civilization the problem has become acute ; not long ago the question, ' Can an artist function in America ?' was discussed in a leading American paper, and many of America's most prominent writers answered no. Things have not yet reached that stage in Europe, but the problem is there. The two speakers who will discuss it tonight are well qualified to do so. Mr. MacCarthy is, of course, the B.B.C.'s literary critic, and the editor of Life and Letters, and Mr. Clive Bell is an art critic of uncompromising modernity, and the author of a most original book on Civilization, which was published this year.
W. H. SQUIRE (Violoncello)
The WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL ROSSINI, happily remembered as the most modest and good-humoured musician who ever lived, holds his place on the operatic stage of today solely by The Barber of Seville, in spite of its age, one of the best Comic Operas which the world possesses. His serious work William Tell is no less worthy of affectionate regard, but except for the Overture, it has apparently disappeared from the present-day theatre. The Overture is, however, evergreen, and bids fair to remain so. It begins, as listeners will remember, with a fine tuneful section for the violoncellos in four parts, popular with violoncello players and with listeners alike. The section which follows describes a great storm among the hills ; calm succeeds, and a quiet pastoral scene, and there is a stirring march, these combining to make the Overture both picturesque and graphic.
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