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: The Member of the Wedding

From the novel by Carson McCullers

(Miriam Karlin is in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Phoenix Theatre; Macdonald Parke in "No Time for Sergeants" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London; Jack MacGowran broadcasts by permission of the Irish Players)

4.40-4.45 Interlude


Author: Carson McCullers
Adapted by: Michael Bakewell
Producer: Michael Bakewell
Trumpet: Freddie Clayton
Frankie: June Tobin
Berenice: Miriam Karlin
John Henry: Denise Bryer
Helen: Corinne Langston
Doris: Pamela Binns
T.T: Don Johnson
Honey Brown: Earl Cameron
Mr. Addams: MacDonald Parke
The Soldier: Jack MacGowran
Organ-grinder: Rudolph Offenbach

: Die Frau Ohne Schatten

(The Woman without a Shadow)
An opera in three acts
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Music by Richard Strauss
(sung in German)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Munich State Opera
Conducted by George Sebastian
Producer, Rudolf Hartmann
Act 1
The terrace of the Emperor's palace; Barak's house
Rene Elvin writes on page 6

6.0 app. A Letter
from Hugo von Hofmannsthal to Richard Strauss in which he speaks about the subject, place, and significance of the opera Die Frau ohne Schatten in the Strauss-Hofmannsthal collaboration.
The letter has been translated by Hanns Hammelmann.


Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Music: Richard Strauss
Singers/Musicians: Chorus and Orchestra of the Munich State Opera
Conductor: George Sebastian
Producer: Rudolf Hartmann
Translated by (A Letter): Hanns Hammelmann
The Emperor: Hans Hopf
The Empress: Leonie Rysanek
The Nurse: Lilian Benningsen
The Spirit Messenger: Kurt Bohme
Barak, the Dyer: Josef Metternich
The Dyer's Wife: Marianne Schech
The Voice of the Falcon: Gerda Sommerschuh
The Guardian of the Threshold: Erika Koth
The Apparition of a Young Man: Howard Vandenburg
A Voice from Above: Ina Gerhein
The Dyer's three Brothers - The One-Eyed Man: Karl Hoppe
The Dyer's three Brothers - The One-Armed Man: Rudolf Wunzer
The Dyer's three Brothers - The Hunchback: Karl Ostertag
Voices of unborn children: Erika Koth
Voices of unborn children: Anny van Kruyswyk
Voices of unborn children: Antonie Fahberg
Voices of unborn children: Elisabeth Lindermeier
Voices of unborn children: Ruth Michaelis
Voices of unborn children: Ina Gerhein
Watchman: Max Proebstl
Watchman: Karl Hoppe
Watchman: Hans Hermann Nissen
Serving-maid: Erika Koth
Serving-maid: Antonie Fahberg
Serving-maid: Ruth Michaelis

: The Most Cultured Roman of All

by Robert Graves
"Nero was an ordinary unlovable Roman who exploited his unique opportunity. of showing how cultured a Roman could become."
(Lucan - an even more cultured Roman, by Robert Graves: March 17)


Speaker: Robert Graves

: Die Frau Ohne Schatten

(The Woman Without A Shadow)
Act 2
Barak's house; a pavilion in a wood; Barak's house; the Empress's bedroom; Barak's house

: The Control of Military Power: 4: The Army and Autocracy in Russia

by Hugh Seton-Watson, Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Four talks on the problems of civil-military relationships as they have developed in the major states of the world: based on papers read last autumn at the Universities of Oxford and London.


Talk by: Hugh Seton-Watson

: Die Frau Ohne Schatten

(The Woman Without a Shadow)
Act 3
An underground vault; the entrance to a temple; inside the temple; a landscape
(Der Rosenkavalier: March 17)

: Piers Plowman: 3: The Search for St. Truth, Part 2

by William Langland
A series of six readings
Devised by Elizabeth Zeeman (Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge)
Read by Gary Watson in a slightly modified version of the original


Author: William Langland
Devised by: Elizabeth Zeeman
Reader: Gary Watson

: Orchestral Concert

The Harvey Phillips String Orchestra (Leader, Alan Loveday)

Frank Martin originally wrote his Passacaille for organ, in 1944, and arranged it for string orchestra in 1952: this version, which is dedicated to Karl Munchinger and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, was first broadcast in the Third Programme two years ago, when it was played by the Harvey Phillips String Orchestra.
The Symphony for string orchestra by Jean Francaix was first performed in this country in a Third Programme concert, conducted by Nadia Boulanger, in 1949; it is in four movements.


Harpsichord: George Malcolm
Orchestra Leader: Alan Loveday
Conductor: Harvey Phillips
Composer: Frank Martin
Composer: Jean Francaix

: The Privy Council as a Second Chamber

T.E. Utley cross-questions Anthony Wedgwood Benn, M.P, on his recently published proposal that "the Privy Council fulfils all the conditions required of the second chamber" and should be so constituted, to replace the House of Lords.


Interviewer: T.E. Utley
Interviewee: Anthony Wedgwood Benn

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