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Directed By: Frederick Brown


A Comedy in Three Acts by TOM ROBERTSON
The Play arranged for broadcasting by the Producer. Musical Interludes by THE STATION
Act I The Little
House in Stangate—Courtship
Act II The Lodgings in Mayfair-Matrimony
Act 111. The Little
House in Stangate - Widowhood
Eight months elapse between Acts I and II. 'and a further twelve months between Acts II and III
TOM ROBERTSON wrote a number of comedies for Squire Bancroft and Marie Wilton , including Society, Play, School, and M.P., but Caste, his third comedy, is his masterpiece. Though first performed in 1867, it is still acted regularly, with success. The original production included John Hare as Sam Gerridge. Squire Bancroft as Captain Hawtree, and George Honey as Eccles, while Bancroft's wife, Marie Wilton , to whom the play was dedicated, made the hit of her career as Polly Eccles.
The plot of the play is very clear and easy to follow. and its theme may be summed up m the couplet which says that
' True hearts are more than coronets
And simple faith than Norman blood.'


Unknown: Tom Robertson
Presented By: Edward P. Genn
Unknown: Tom Robertson
Unknown: Squire Bancroft
Unknown: Marie Wilton
Unknown: John Hare
Unknown: Sam Gerridge.
Unknown: Squire Bancroft
Unknown: George Honey
Unknown: Marie Wilton
Unknown: Polly Eccles.
Hon George D'Alroy: Albert Hassal
Captain Hawtree: Philip H. Harper
Eccles: J. P. Lambe
Sam Gerridge: Walter Shore
Marquise de St. Maur: Mrs. Harold Dickinson
Esther Eccles: Marvel Hulme
Polly Eccles: Barbara Clements
Dixon: Edward Genn

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