Mr. J. W. CASSELS : 'On your
Mr. J. W.
Directed by JOHN BRIDGE
(North Regional Programme)
At THE ORGAN of THE BEAUFORT
CINEMA From WASHWOOD HEATH, BIRMINGHAM
Directed by JOSEPH MUSCANT
From THE COMMODORE THEATRE,
Relayed from The Old Vic
The plot of the opera is founded on a well-known Sicilian story of village life, and is in one act, without change of scene. It begins with a serenade, sung before the curtain rises.
Turiddu, the singer, and Lola, to whom it is addressed, had been sweethearts, but when Turiddu went off soldiering, the inconstant Lola had married Alfio, a wagoner.
Tho curtain rises on a village in holiday mood.
It is Easter morning, and, while some are bound for church, others are clearly bent on pleasure.
Gradually the villagers go off, until only Lucia, Turiddu's mother, and Santuzza, a village girl, are left. Santuzza feels she dare not enter the church, and to Lucia she confesses her griefs. When Turiddu came back and found Lola married to another, he had turned to Santuzza for consolation, but now has deserted her in her need. Lucia promises to help. Turiddu comes in, on his way to church, and Santuzza reproaches him bitterly, begging him to return to her. But just then Lola passes, and Turiddu roughly throws
Santuzza from him to follow Lola into the church. As Santuzza raises herself from the ground, Alfio comes ou the scene, looking for his wife, Lola. Bitterly hurt as she is by Turiddu's heedless treatment of her, Santuzza pours out the whole story of Lola's infidelity, and Alfio vows vengeance. They go off together, and while the stage remains empty the Intermezzo is played, which must be one of the best known pieces of music in existence. As it dies away, people come out of church, and Turiddu invites his friends to drink with him at his mother's wine-shop. Alfio joins them, and Turiddu asks him to drink, but he refuses. The women scent the coming tragedy, and carry off Lola, as Alfio issues his challenge to Turiddu; according to Sicilian custom, the two men embrace, and Turiddu bites his enemy's car. Alfio goes off to the place appointed for the duel. Turiddu seeks his mother and bids her farewell, asking her to watch over Santuzza if he should not return, and he, too, goes off. Santuzza rushes in and flings herself into Lucia's arms. and tho crowd comes back, seething with excitement. From the distance voices are heard, and a sudden cry that Turiddu is killed, and, as the two women fall fainting, the curtain is quickly lowered.
CECIL BAUMER (Pianoforte)
At THE ORGAN of THE REGAL, KINGSTON-ON-
Part Songs by THE CHOIR OF THE GUILDFORD
COUNTY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
A Red Indian Story, ' The Chief who Hoarded the Light' (Robert Ayre ), told by CHARLES FARRELL
WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL NEWS
BULLETIN; London Stock Exchange Report and Bulletin for Farmers
by SEYMOUR WHINYATES (Violin)
A Comic Opera in Three Acts by A. P. HERBERT
Music by ALFRED REYNOLDS with LESLIE FRENCH
BRUCE ANDERSON and MABEL CONSTANDUROS
The B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Conducted by ALFRED REYNOLDS
(This excerpt is presented by the courtesy of Sir Nigel Playfair and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)
FOR over a dozen years now, Sir
Nigel Playfair has been persnading the theatregoers of London to look farther west than the West
End. Of all the many delightful shows he has staged at tho Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, the comic opera Derby Day has turned out to be one of the most successful. The simple pleasures of simple people have lately found a doughty champion in A. P. Herbert-as those who read his novel,
The Water Gipsies, well know. In this opera ' A.P.H.' has chosen a barmaid for heroine and a racing tipster for hero. There is a hearty English flavour of beer-and-skittles throughout; and the music of Alfred Reynolds , catching the same happy mood, is a perfect complement to the sprightly wit of the librettist. Further interest is added to this broadcast by the presence in the cast of Tessa Deane , Mabel Constanduros and Leslie French , all old friends of the microphone.
Accompanied by the B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
Well-known choruses, in which listeners are asked to join, will be sung throughout the programme
GEORGE GEE (Comedian)
ETHEL LEVEY (The Famous Revue Artist)
STAINLESS STEPHEN (Comedian)
ELSIE and DORIS WATERS (Entertainers)
WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
At the Ballet
THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA
(Leader, S. KNEALE KELLEY )
Conductor, LESLIE WOODGATE
Introduced by JOHN WATT mCHAIKOVSKY'S Sleeping Beauty Ballet was
produced in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century; the music of La Boutique Fantasque was made into a ballet and produced in the twentieth. The difference between these two as aptly representing the old and the new conception of ballet has been well expressed by M. Fokine , in a letter to The Times in 1914. He says ' The new ballet rejects the conventions of the older ballet.... with its artificial form of dancing on the point of the toe, with the feet turned out, dressed in short bodices, with the figure tightly laced in stays and with a strictly established system of steps, gestures and attitudes. If we look at the best productions of sculptural and pictorial art from the point of view of the choreographer of the old school thorpughly versed in the rules of traditional gesticulation and of dancing with the toes turned out, we shall find that the marble gods of Greece stood in entirely wrong attitudes..... If we are to be true to the rules of the older ballet we must turn our backs on the treasures of beauty accumulated by the genius of mankind during thousands of years and declare them all to be wrong.'
AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE MAY