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A chronicle of the development of English drama from its beginnings to the 1580s
Arranged for broadcasting ana introduced by John Barton
Edited and produced by Raymond Raikes
Full details of the thirteen programmes in the series are contained in The First Stage, a handbook by John Barton which may be obtained through newsagents and booksellers or post free by crossed postal order for 2s. 6d. from [address removed]
8-Interludes: The More Group
'Calisto and Melibaea' by John Rastell (printed c. 1630)
4 John John the Husband, Tyb the Wife, and Sir John the Priest' by John Heywood (between 1621 and 1531)
'The Play of the Weather' by John Heywood (between 1521 and 1531) Music composed by John Hotchkis with the Goldsbrough Orchestra conducted by the composer


Introduced By: John Barton
Produced By: Raymond Raikes
Unknown: John Barton
Unknown: John Rastell
Unknown: John Heywood
Unknown: John Heywood
Composed By: John Hotchkis
MeUbaea, a young gentlewoman: June Tobin
Calisto, a young gentleman: Peter Howell
Bempronlo, his parasite: Manning Wilson
Celestina, a bawd: Vlvienne Chatterton
Parmeno, Calisto's lad: Allan McClelland
Danio, father to Melibaea: Carleton Hobbs
John John, the husband: John Laurie
Tyb, his wife: Molly Rankin
Bir John, the priest: Francis de Wolff
Jupiter, a god: Deryck Guyler
Mery-Reporte the Vice: Allan McClelland
The Gentleman: Peter Howell
The Merchant: Francis de Wolff
The Ranger: Manning Wilson
The Water-Miller: Carleton Hobbs
The Wind-Miller: John Laurie
The Gentlewoman: Rachel Keen
The Laundress: Vivienne Chatterton
A Boy (' the least that can play '): J. Horn


BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Rudolf Kempe
Part 1


Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Rudolf Kempe


by H. T. Lambrick, c.i.E.
Fellow of Oriel College. Oxford
Several years before the mutinous outbreak, ' A Bombay Officer ' published a series of pamphlets on the Bengal Army. ' There is more danger to our Indian Empire,' he wrote in 1850, 'from the state of the Bengal Army ... than from all other causes combined.'
Mr. Lambrick, who has recently completed the official biography of General John Jacob (the Bombay officer), discusses the reasons why the outbreak occurred among the regular Indian troops of the East India Company's Bengal Army, and why the Bombay and Madras Armies remained almost completely unaffected. The Muslims and the ' Mutin¡¡: by A. R. Mallick : May 20


Unknown: H. T. Lambrick, C.I.E.
Unknown: A. R. Mallick


A poem of New Hampshire by Margaret Stanley-Wrench
Narrator, Guy Kingsley Poynter
With Ella Milne , Jane Jordan Rogers
Ronald Wilson , Don Withrow


Narrator: Margaret Stanley-Wrench
Narrator: Guy Kingsley Poynter
Unknown: Ella Milne
Unknown: Jane Jordan Rogers
Unknown: Ronald Wilson
Unknown: Don Withrow


A programme of early fifteenth-century French and Italian music
Devised and edited by Gilbert Reaney
Eileen McLoughlin (soprano)
Eileen Poulter (soprano)
Alfred Deller (counter-tenor)
Wilfred Brown (tenor)
Peter Graeme (cor anglais) John Alexandra (bassoon)
Desmond Duprt
(lute and viola da gamba)
George Malcolm (chamber organ)
Directed by Denis Stevens


Edited By: Gilbert Reaney
Soprano: Eileen McLoughlin
Soprano: Eileen Poulter
Soprano: Alfred Deller
Tenor: Wilfred Brown
Tenor: Peter Graeme
Bassoon: John Alexandra
Bassoon: Desmond Duprt
Unknown: George Malcolm
Directed By: Denis Stevens


by Olivier Todd
Madame Bovary was published in 1857.


Unknown: Olivier Todd
Unknown: Madame Bovary


by Emile Philippe


Unknown: Emile Philippe

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