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Ever since September 7, 1903, when he made his first appearance on the stage, at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, I.O.M., Charles Heslop has been continuously associated with the entertainment profession in its every form. His entry into television adds another feather to his well-plumed cap.
Born in Surrey in 1883, Charles Heslop spent many years touring in plays, pantomimes, and musical comedy. For some time, both before and after the war, he ran his own concert party. From 1921 he toured in a succession of celebrated shows in England and Australia, including "Tons of Money", "Battling Butler", and "No, No, Nanette". He was also seen with the Co-Optimists and the Fol-de-Rols. During the past few years he has acquired fame as a very adaptable screen character comedian, some of his best parts having been in "This is the Life", "Charing Cross Road", and "Sunshine Susie".


Charles Heslop

An opera by John Gay
Freely adapted by Clifford Bax
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum

Although John Gay originally had considerable difficulty in launching the production of "Polly", and was faced with a ban by the Lord Chamberlain when he had reached the rehearsal stage, it eventually earned him fame and fortune in book form. The last two productions of "Polly" took place in 1922 and 1935 in a revised form, in which this programme will also be presented.


John Gay
Adapted by:
Clifford Bax
The music composed and arranged by:
Frederick Austin
The BBC Television Orchestra
Boris Pecker
Hyam Greenbaum
Dances arranged by:
Andree Howard
Stephen Thomas
Joan Collier
Dennis Noble
Scott Russell
Mrs. Ducat:
Dora Gregory
Harvey Braban
Jenny Diver:
Elizabeth French
Mrs. Trapes:
Charlotte Leigh
Alexander Knox

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