Mr. JAMES AGATE : Miss Irene Vanbrugh '
It is difficult for playgoers who delight today in the art of Irene Vanbrugh to realise that she achieved stardom, and so qualified for this unique series, before the turn of the cen- tiiry. After her success in Trelawny of the Wells, in 1898, she soared to giddy heights in th? following year in The Gay Lord Quex, to be followed by another peak in 1906, with His House in Order. She will be heard tonight in extracts from all three of these famous Pinero plays, in the course of Mr. Agate's enthusiastic account of a star who still shines brightly in the theatrical galaxy.
(The scenes illustrated were recorded by means of Gramophone Records)
A comedy by Arthur W. Pinero.
The action of the play takes place in the establishment of Sophy Fullgamey, manicurist and dispenser of articles for the toilet. 185 New Bond Street; in the 'Italian Garden' of Fauncey Court, Richmond; and in a boudoir and bedroom at Fauncey Court. Time - during the London season of 1899.
A comedy by Arthur W. Pinero.
[Starring] Andre Morell, Joyce Heron, Eileen Peel and Alan Wheatley
The action of the play takes place in the establishment of Sophie Fullgamey. manicurist and dispenser of articles for the toilet, 185 New Bond Street; in the 'Italian Garden' of Fauncey Court, Richmond; and in a boudoir and bedroom at Fauncey Court.
Time: during the London season of 1899
Nigel Patrick , Julia Foster and Rachel Gurney in The Gay Lord Quex
A comedy by A. w. PINERO adapted for radio by CYNTHIA PUGHE
(First produced at the Globe Theatre, London, on 8 April 1899)
The action takes place at a manicurist's in Bond Street, London, and at Fauncey Court, Richmond
Producer JOHN TYDEMAN
(Andrew Sachs is in ' Habeas Corpus ' at the Lyric Theatre. London)
The age-old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, has a special significance for a shy, plain girl and a maimed war veteran in this poignant love story. In a magical honeymooners' cottage they are oblivious to the eyes of others. It seems nothing can ruin their new-found happiness.
Films: page 11
(The Gay Lord Quex by Pinero: Monday 9.25 pm BBC1)
by ARTHUR WING PINERO continues the summer season of Play of the Month starring with When Sophie, the manicurist, learns that her best friend Muriel is to be married to the notorious and middle-aged Lord Quex, she determines to prevent it by exposing him for the despicable roue he is. But her plans go badly wrong. Pinero's bitter-sweet comedy, first performed in 1898, scandalised the playgoers of the day with its unblushing portrayal of marital and sexual mores.
Music composed by WILFRED JOSEPHS and conducted by MARCUS DODS Lighting JOHN SUMMERS
Designer CECILIA BRERETON
Script editor STUART GRIFFITHS Producer LOUIS MARKS
Directed by CLAUDE WHATHAM
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