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Venice Preserved or A Plot Discovered
A tragedy by THOMAS OTWAY with Donald Wolfit
Music by Christopher Whelen being variations on a contemporary theatre theme by Henry Purcell
Characters in order of speaking
A section of the New Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer
Radio adaptation and production by RAYMOND RAIKES
BBC recording: second broadcast
Otway's tragedy was first acted at the Duke's Theatre in Dorset Garden on February 9. 1682. See page 36
'The Way of the World ': Deo. 30 DURING THE INTERVAL (9.0-9.10 app.)
Cento Partite sopra Passacagll played by Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord) on a gramophone record


Unknown: Thomas Otway
Unknown: Donald Wolfit
Music By: Christopher Whelen
Unknown: Henry Purcell
Production By: Raymond Raikes
Harpsichord: Gustav Leonhardt
Priuli, father to Belvidera: Carleton Hobbs
Jaffeir: Michael Turner
Pierre: Donald Wolflt
Belvidera, wife to Jaffeir: Barbara Jefford
Aquilina, a courtesan: June Tobin
Conspirators:Renault: Julian Somers
Conspirators:Spinosa: Philip Leaver
Conspirators:Eliot: Keith Williams
Maid to Aquilina: Penelope Lee
Antonio, a fine speaker In the Senate: Norman Shelley
Duke of Venice: David Bird
Officer: Keith Williams
Friar: Hugh Manning


Quartet Pro Musica Patrick Halling (violin) Ernest Scott (violin)
Gwynne Edwards (viola) Peter Halling (cello)
Last of four programmes of quartets by Haydn and by 20th-century composers.


Violin: Patrick Halling
Violin: Ernest Scott
Viola: Gwynne Edwards
Cello: Peter Halling

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