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: For the Children

Paul Leyssac will read two stories by Hans Andersen.

Paul Leyssac is a well-known author, lecturer, actor, and broadcaster. As a boy he was fascinated by Hans Andersen's fairy tales. His Danish mother used to read them to him as no one else could, for she had heard them told by Hans Andersen himself. When he grew older, Leyssac translated many of these stories into French, and recited them at concerts. They attracted a great deal of attention, and in 1928 his versions were published.


Reader: Paul Leyssac
Author: Hans Andersen
Presentation: Mary Adams

: Bruce Bairnsfather

(Creator of 'Old Bill' cartoons)


Cartoonist: Bruce Bairnsfather

: Cabaret

with Hildegarde, Rudi Grasl, The Metaxa Girls (by arrangement with Meta Kaye).


Singer: Hildegarde
Performer: Rudi Grasl
Dancers: The Metaxa Girls
Presentation: Dallas Bower

: Wynne Ajello in songs


Singer: Wynne Ajello

: The 'Ole in the Road

A sketch by Seamark.
With George Graves and Myles Clifton.


Author: Seamark
Presentation: George More O'Ferrall
[Actor]: George Graves
[Actor]: Myles Clifton

: Scenes from: Abraham Lincoln

the play by John Drinkwater.
With Malcolm Keen as Abraham Lincoln.

This play by the late John Drinkwater - he died on March 23 this year - was first produced at Birmingham in 1918. It deals with those eventful years in America from the time Lincoln was asked to be President until the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination in a theatre. Lincoln's humanity and inflexible sense of duty are finely portrayed, but a feature contributing to the greatness of this play is the careful characterisation of minor parts, however small. Although Abraham Lincoln is not altogether historically accurate, John Drinkwater managed to achieve drama without taking any serious liberties with facts.
Malcolm Keen is a fine actor with a commanding presence, and viewers should see him at his best as Abraham Lincoln. He has been on the stage since he was fourteen, and has played principal parts in almost every type of play, from Shakespeare to thrillers.


Author: John Drinkwater
Abraham Lincoln: Malcolm Keen

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