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An opera in five acts by Serge Prokofiev
English translation by Dennis Arundell
BBC Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Steven Staryk )
Producer, Dennis Arundell
Scene: Sixteenth-century Germany
An attic in a poor lodging-house
Scene 1: A room overlooking Cologne's partially built Cathedral
Scene 2: Agrippa's laboratory


Unknown: Serge Prokofiev
Translation By: Dennis Arundell
Leader: Steven Staryk
Producer: Dennis Arundell
Renata: Victoria Sladen
Ruprecht: Thomas Hemsley
The hostess of the inn: Edith Coates
Servant at the inn: Norman Lumsden
A fortune-teller: Monica Sinclair
Jakob Glock: Jan van Der Gucht
Agrippa von Nettesheim a sorcerer: John Mitchinson
Mathias: Norman Lumsden
A doctor: Emrys Lloyd
Mephistopheles: Robert Thomas
Faust: John Cameron
An innkeeper: Emrys Lloyd
A boy (spoken part): Jonathan Bailey
The Abbess: Jean Grayston
The Inquisitor: Stanislav Pieczora
First nun: Beryl Hatt
Second nun: Elizabeth Eriksson

: COMMENT A weekly review of the arts

In each edition two or three speakers comment on whatever seems of most immediate interest: new productions in the theatre, art exhibitions, books, films.


Acr 3
Scene 1: Outside a rich house in Cologne Scene 2: On the banks of the Rhine
Acr 4
A beer-garden in Cologne


by Roland Oliver , Ph.D. Reader in African History In the University of London
Dr. Oliver believes that in southern Africa the origins of true nationalism are to be found in African Christian movements; and that today, more than ever, the distinction between the things that are God's and the things that are Caesar's is, to the black Christian, academic and unreal.
His talk is occasioned by Independent
African, a biography of John Chilembwe , by George Shepperson and Tom Price.


Unknown: Roland Oliver
Unknown: John Chilembwe
Unknown: George Shepperson
Unknown: Tom Price.


Act S: A vaulted crypt in a convent

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