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George Speaight introduces some of the puppets being shown at the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild Exhibition which opens at the Royal Hotel, London, tomorrow.

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The Queen's Admiral
A play about Christopher Columbus by P.D. Cummins.
There are just one or two names in this play that may need a little explanation. Cathay and Cipango were the old names for China and Japan. Guanahani, where Columbus first set foot in the New World, is one of the West Indies-so called because the Admiral mistakenly believed that he was just off India when he sighted land. Juan is now called Cuba, and Hispaniola, Haiti. When, on his third voyage, Columbus saw the mainland of South America he thought it was an unknown stretch of the Indian coast. America took its name from the middle-aged Italian seaman Amerigo Vespucci. That of the true discoverer is found in Colombia and in the port of Colon at the end of the Panama Canal.
(Previously televised last Wednesday)
(Willoughby Gray is appearing in 'Carrington V.C.' at the Westminster Theatre, London)

(to 18.15)


Presenter (Puppets):
George Speaight
Writer (The Queen's Admiral):
P. D. Cummins
Producer (The Queen's Admiral):
Dorothea Brooking
Settings (The Queen's Admiral):
Richard Henry
Christopher Columbus:
Joseph O'Conor
Ferdinand, his son:
Philip Clive
Bartholomew, his brother:
Philip Lennard
Paddy, an Irishman:
Pat McGrath
Bobadilla, a Commissioner:
Willoughby Gray
At the Court in Spain:
Queen Isabella: Cicely Paget-Bowman
At the Court in Spain:
King Ferdinand: Geoffrey Dunn
At the Court in Spain:
The Prior of St. Estevan: Godfrey Bond
At the Court in Spain:
The Archbishop of Talavera: Peter Grisewood
On Board the Santa Maria:
Diego Arana, an officer: Malcolm Black
Miguel: Peter Augustine
Pedro: John Stockbridge
Pepito the cabin boy:
Christopher Beeny
The Chaplain:
Mark Bellamy
Cuanabi, a native servant:
George Brown
A native:
John Akar
Another native:
Fitzroy Coleman
A guard:
John Gale
An attendant:
Richard Wade

with Roy Rich in the chair and Elizabeth Gray, Kenneth Horne, Paul Jennings and Patricia Cutts finding the letters.
(Patricia Cutts is appearing in 'Four Winds' at the Phoenix Theatre, London)


Roy Rich
Elizabeth Gray
Kenneth Horne
Paul Jennings
Patricia Cutts
Special effects:
Alfred Wurmser
The game devised by:
Polly S. Cowan
The game devised by:
Louis G. Cowan
Presented by:
Dicky Leeman

Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor played by Kabi Laretei (piano) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conducted by Clarence Raybould
The concerto is preceded by..


Kabi Laretei
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader:
Paul Beard
[Orchestra] conducted by:
Clarence Raybould
Christian Simpson

A light comedy by Ivor Novello.
Scene: Mrs. Rodney's house at Lancaster Gate in London
(Second performance: Thursday, 7.30 p.m.)
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Ivor Novello
Stephen Harrison
Settings designer:
Stephen Taylor
Lola Leadenhall:
Diana Graves
Jessie Evans
Frynne Rodney:
Joyce Carey
John Rodney:
Billy Thatcher
Archie Leadenhall:
Bryan Coleman
Lady April Hannington:
Avis Scott
Frank Lloyd
Mr. Rosenblatt:
Morris Sweden
Lord Hannington:
Walter Fitzgerald
Neil Wilson
First policeman:
Harry Hearae
Second policeman:
David Drummond

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