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: The Importance of Being Earnest

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, by Oscar Wilde

Scenes: Algernon Moncrieff's flat in Half Moon Street, W., the garden at the Manor House, Woolton, and the drawing-room at the Manor House, Woolton

(Robert Eddison is appearing at the St. James's Theatre)


Author: Oscar Wilde
Settings: Barry Learoyd
Producer: G. More O'Ferrall
John Worthing, J.P.: Robert Eddison
Algernon Moncrieff: MacKenzie Ward
Rev. Canon Chasuble: David Horne
Merriman, a butler: J.B. Stringer Davis
Lane, a manservant: Alban Blakelock
Lady Bracknell: Margaret Rutherford
Hon Gwendolen Fairfax: Margaret Vines
Cecily Cardew: Deryn Kerbey
Miss Prism: Betty Potter

: Film

(to 16.40)

: Starlight: Charlie Kunz


Pianist: Charlie Kunz

: Eve Brecke

in songs


Singer: Eve Brecke

: Cookery

'How to make lobster vol au vent' by Philip Harben.


Cook/presenter: Philip Harben

: The Proposal

by Anton Chekhov.
Translation by Constance Garnett.


Author: Anton Chekhov
Translation: Constance Garnett
Producer: Fred O'Donovan
Tchubov: Edward Lexy
Natasha, his daughter: Marjorie Mars

: The Pauline Grant Ballet

(now appearing in Jack Hylton's 'Can Can')
in A Divertissement with: Denis Martin, Betty Ash, Mary Allen, Joyce Hartwell, Maureen Clarke, Freda Crossley and Pauline Grant.
BBC Revue Orchestra
Conducted by Frank Cantell
The programme includes the ballet "Pavane for a Dead Infanta" to Ravel's music.


Dancer: Denis Martin
Dancer: Betty Ash
Dancer: Mary Allen
Dancer: Joyce Hartwell
Dancer: Maureen Clarke
Dancer: Freda Crossley
Dancer: Pauline Grant
Musicians: BBC Revue Orchestra
Conductor: Frank Cantell
Producer: Philip Bate

: News

(sound only)
(to 22.10)

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