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A topical programme on the arts, literature, and entertainment
Three speakers comment on whatever seems of most immediate interest in the world of the various arts: exhibitions, new productions in the theatre, new films and books.


Amadeus String Quartet:
Norbert Brainin (violin) Siegmund Nissel (violin)
Peter Schidlof (viola) Martin Lovett (cello)
This is the first of a series of five programmes by the Amadeus String Quartet. Each programme is to include a quartet by Mozart and a quartet by a contemporary British composer.
Next programme : October 12


Violin: Norbert Brainin
Viola: Peter Schidlof
Cello: Martin Lovett

: Yegor Bulichov

by Maxim Gorky.
Translated by Gibson Cowan and adapted for broadcasting by Anthony Jacobs.

[Starring] Ralph Truman

In 1929 Gorky began a trilogy intended to mirror events of the 1917 Revolution and after. Yegor Bulichov was the first of its parts, followed by Dostigaev; but Gorky died before he could write the concluding play.
The setting is a provincial Russian town in an atmosphere of revolution and rumour. Yegor Bulichov, a merchant dying of cancer and surrounded by vicious relatives who hope to inherit his money, symbolises the dying capitalism. The bitterly humorous Andrei represents the corruption of the old world.


Author: Maxim Gorky
Translation: Gibson Cowan
Adapted for broadcasting by: Anthony Jacobs
Producer: John Gibson
Xenia, Yegor's wife: Betty Hardy
Glasha, the maid: Annette Kelly
Bashkin, Yegor's business agent: Frank Partington
Shura, Yegor's illegitimate daughter: Beryl Calder
Varvara, Yegor's daughter by his wife: Fenella Fielding
Andrej, Varvara's husband: Anthony Jacobs
Yegor Bulichov, a provincial merchant: Ralph Truman
Pavlin, the local priest: John Ruddock
Donat, the, gamekeeper: Arthur Young
The Doctor: Robert Sansom
Tiatin, a young cousin of Andrej: John Graham
Dostigaev, a rival merchant: Manning Wilson
Elizaveta, his wife: Joan Sanderson
Jakov, Yegor's godson: Desmond Jordan
Melania, Xenia's sister, an abbess, once Yegor's mistress: Ella Milne
The Trumpeter: Patrick Magee
Taissia, a novice in Melania's care: Ann Rye
Mokroussov, a policeman: Malcolm Hayes
Sorbuna, a witch: Vivienne Chatterton
Propotej, a prophet: John Gabriel


Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble
Directed by Nadia Boulanger
0 Mirtillo; Era l'anima mia; Damigella tutta bella; 0 come vaghl on a gramophone record


Directed By: Nadia Boulanger

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