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: Death's Jest Book

Play by Thomas Lovell Beddoes adapted for broadcasting by Christopher Hassall


Author: Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Adapted for broadcasting by: Christopher Hassall
Producer: Felix Felton
Music composed by: Leighton Lucas
Hemunculus Mandrake, an alchemist's apprentice: Reginald Beckwith
Thorwald, deputy governor of Munsterburg: Arthur Ridley
Wolfram, son of the former Duke: John Laurie
Isbrand, brother to Wolfram: Stephen Murray
Melveric, Duke of Munsterburg: Robert Farquharson
Ziba an Arab servant: Esme Percy
Siegfried, friend of Isbrand: Richard Carr
Sibylla, beloved of Melveric and Wolfram: Margaret Vines
Amala, daughter of Thorwald: Diana Maddox
Kate tavern hostess of Ancona: Anna Korda
Titmouse, assistant to Mandrake: Lionel Stevens
Sons of Melveric - Athulf: Richard Longman
Sons of Melveric - Adalmar: Martin Benson
Mario a conspirator: Patrick Troughton
Reciter: Christopher Hassall
Narrator: Ian Cooper
Others taking part: Anthony Jacobs
Others taking part: Malcolm Hayes
Others taking part: David Enders
Others taking part: Betty Baskcomb
Others taking part: Christine Gant


Harry Blech (violin)
Lionel Bentley (violin)
Keith Cummings (viola)
Douglas Cameron (cello)
(First performance)


Violin: Harry Blech
Violin: Lionel Bentley
Viola: Keith Cummings
Cello: Douglas Cameron


by Edward Sackville-West
Readers, Charles E. Stidwill and Daryl Queree


Readers: Edward Sackville-West
Readers: Charles E. Stidwill
Readers: Daryl Queree


Mass in G minor sung by the Huddersfield Glee and Madrigal Society
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate


Conductor: Leslie Woodgate


A reminiscence by his friend
Frank O'Connor


Unknown: Frank O'Connor


I-The Prologue and ' The Nun's Priest's Tole'
Extracts from Chaucer's poem. arranged for broadcasting by Nevill Coghill and read by Cecil Trouncer , James McKechnie , Deryck Guyler , Mabel Con standuros, and Heron Carvic
Produced by Stephen Potter


Broadcasting By: Nevill Coghill
Read By: Cecil Trouncer
Read By: James McKechnie
Read By: Deryck Guyler
Read By: Mabel Con
Produced By: Stephen Potter

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