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: Hansel and Gretel

The story of Hansel and Gretel: a masque to the music of Humperdinck.

The BBC Television Orchestra
leader Boris Pecker
conductor Hyam Greenbaum
A section of the BBC Singers


Choreography/Dancers led by: Andree Howard
Singers: A section of the BBC Singers
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader: Boris Pecker
Conductor: Hyam Greenbaum
Production: Stephen Thomas
Gretel: Muriel Pavlow
Hansel: Jean Haines
Mother: Lilla Healing
Father: Alured Weigall
Witch: H.D.C. Pepler
Singer: Jane Vowles
Singer: Charlotte Leigh
Singer: Edith Coates
Singer: Bernard Ross
Singer: Vivienne Chatterton

: Russell Swann


Performer: Russell Swann

: Television's First Grand Christmas Pantomime: Dick Whittington and his Cat

(to 22.00)


Book by: Arthur Askey
Ensembles arranged by: Carrie Graham
Ballets arranged by: Quentin Tod
Scenery designed by: Peter Bax
Full Chorus and Augmented Orchestra under the direction of: Hyam Greenbaum
Production: Reginald Smith
Dick Whittington: Queenie Leonard
Tiddles, his cat: Brenda Perry
Alderman Fitzwarren: Dudley Rolph
Alice, his daughter: Olive Del Mar
Idle Jack: William Stephens
Emperor of Morocco: Cyril Fletcher

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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