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A prose anthology compiled by Basil Taylor and read by Mary O'Farrell and Charles E. Stidwill


Unknown: Basil Taylor
Read By: Mary O'Farrell
Read By: Charles E. Stidwill

: Dylan Thomas as Aristophanes, with Esme Percy and John Chandos as his leading actors in ' ENEMY OF CANT '

A panorama of Aristophanic comedy written and produced by Louis MacNeice
Special music by Antony Hopkins
Choruses sung by the London Singers
This programme pays homage to a master of mockery and fantasy: illustrating his genius with scenes from most of his extant plays, including The Wasps, The Clouds, the Peace, The Birds, and the Lysistrata. From these emerge some striking parallels to our modern world. Aristophanes wrote most of his comedies during a bitter war and remained throughout an enemy of cant, stupidity, and selfish imperialism


Produced By: Louis MacNeice
Music By: Antony Hopkins


Joan Cross (soprano)
Margaret MacArthur (contralto)
Rene Soames (tenor)
Trevor Anthony (bass)
Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord)
Cyril Gell (organ)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
BBC Symphony Orchestra (Led by Thomas Peatfield )
Conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
Part 1
(Parts 4 and 5)


Soprano: Joan Cross
Contralto: Margaret MacArthur
Tenor: Rene Soames
Bass: Trevor Anthony
Harpsichord: Thornton Lofthouse
Harpsichord: Cyril Gell
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Unknown: Thomas Peatfield
Conducted By: Sir Adrian Boult


A short account by John Heath -Stubbs of the poetical works of Ann Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661-1720). Readers, Joan Matheson , Kathleen Michael , and William Trent. Produced by E. J. King Bull


Unknown: John Heath
Readers: Joan Matheson
Readers: Kathleen Michael
Readers: William Trent.
Produced By: E. J. King Bull


Matyas Seiber talks about Bartok's string quartets


Talks: Matyas Seiber


London String Trio:
Maria Lidka (violin), Watson Forbes (viola), Vivien Joseph (cello)
Peter Stadlen (piano)
BBC Singers:
Margaret Rees , Margaret Godley , Maude Baker , Margaret Rolfe , William MacMillan , Emlyn Bebb , Stanley Riley , Leonard Hubbard
Conducted by Cyril Gell


Violin: Maria Lidka
Violin: Watson Forbes
Viola: Vivien Joseph
Piano: Peter Stadlen
Singers: Margaret Rees
Singers: Margaret Godley
Singers: Maude Baker
Unknown: Margaret Rolfe
Unknown: William MacMillan
Unknown: Emlyn Bebb
Unknown: Stanley Riley
Unknown: Leonard Hubbard
Conducted By: Cyril Gell


A topical pantomime written and produced by Michael Barsley , with music by Roy Douglas
Other parts played by Lucille Lisle , Charles Maunsell , and Arthur Ridley BBC Revue Orchestra and BBC Revue Chorus, conducted by Frank Cantell


Produced By: Michael Barsley
Music By: Roy Douglas
Played By: Lucille Lisle
Played By: Charles Maunsell
Played By: Arthur Ridley
Conducted By: Frank Cantell
Colonel Bogus: Norman Shelley
Common man: Reginald Beckwith
Commentator: Alvar Lidell
Bruin: Carl Bernard
Ruin: Sidney Keith
Undoin': Maurice Denham
Goldilocks: Marjorie Westbury
Alice: Jean Capra
Red Queen: Gladys Young
Dame Trott: Mabel Constanduros

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