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Being episodes from ' The Dynasts '
By THOMAS HARDY
Arranged by ALLAN WADE
The Cast will include :
Allan Wade , Richard Hurndall , John Boxer , H. B. Longhurst , Alban Blakelock , Wallace Evenett , Charles Wreford , Franklyn Bellamy , J. Leslie Frith , Norman MacLennan , Phillip Godfrey , Ronald Kerr , Leslie Perrins , Douglas Burbidge Adrian Thomas , Harold Reese , Frederick Peisley , Irene Rooke , Henry Morrell , Lance George
A Play for Broadcasting in Six Scenes by LAURIE DEVINE and T. W. REES
The Cast will include:
PATRICK WADDINGTON , EVELYN NEILSON , LESLIE FRENCH , CYRIL NASH , RICHARD HURNDALL , GEORGE SANDERS , REGINALD PURDELL , JOAN HARE , HERMIONE GINGOLD , JANET TAYLOR , THEODORE SMYTHE , PASCOE THORNTON , JOHN Y. SMART , CHARLES GROVES , ETHEL LODGE , PERCY PARSONS (by permission of the Gaumont-British
Picture Corporation), GEORGE FOSTER
'THE THREE MUSKETEERS'
.\ Melodrama adapted from Dumas' novel by TYRONE GUTHRIE and PATRICK RIDDELL
With incidental music by VICTOR HELY -
' The Diamond Studs '
The Cast includes :
GUY PELHAM BOULTON; IVAN SAMSON ; NORMAN SHEI. LEY; WILFRID FLETCHER ; CARLETON HOBBS ; GWENDOLEN EVANS ; CYRIL NASH ; ARTHUR EVANS ; LIONEL SCOTT ; THEODORE SMYTHE ; PASCOE THORNTON ; JANET TAYLOR ; RICHARD HURNDALL ; JAMES TOVEY ;
Orchestra conducted by S. KNEALE KELLEY
This radio version of Dumas' novel was first broadcast on November 17 and 18, 1932, its first part in the Daventry National programme and its second part in the London Regional. The same procedure will be followed in this revival. The first part (in tonight'sprogramme) carries the story up to the great ball in Paris on the Eve of All Souls, and shows how D'Artagnan saves the face of Anne of Austria to the confusion of Richelieu ; while part two (in tomorrow's London Regional programme) paints the villainies of Milady in higher lights and carries the story on to her catastrophe.
A radio play by DULCIMA GLASBY
Produced by PETER CRESWELL
(First produced August I, 1930)
Peter Farquharson Dick Farquharson Mr. Farquharson Mrs. Farquharson Wilkins , stableman Matron Doctor
Randle, parlourmaid Dennis Ian
Theatre Attendant Theatre Manager Railway Porter
Captain of Liner
Bob Henderson , Boss of a lumber camp Mary, his daughter
Tom, foreman of a lumber camp
Servants, Undergraduates, Theatre-goers,
Lumbermen, and others
PASCOE THORNTON , PATRICK WADDINGTON , CYRIL NASH , GLADYS YOUNG, DOUGLAS Ross , ETHEL LODGE, HERMIONE GINGOLD , BEATRICE GILBERT , JOAN HARE , WILLIAM FAZAN , DRELINCOURT ODLUM, JAMES TOVEY , THEODORE SMYTHE , RONALD HILL, RICHARD HURNDALL , HUGH HARE , CHARLES FARRELL , Roy EMERTON , LAURIE DEVINE , TOM REES , LESLIE BRADLEY , ERNEST DIGGES ,
This is the second revival of this exciting thriller, which was last broadcast on August 25, 1932. It is the work of a former B.B.C. play-adaptor, who makes full use of the resources of radio production to obtain vivid and impressionistic effects. The theme is fear, and the conquering of fear. Two young brothers are experimenting with gas, when fire follows an explosion, and Dick Farquharson believes that his elder brother, Peter, loseshis life through a moment's cowardice on his own part. As a result, fear obsesses him. In the gallery of an opera house he mistakes the clang of a workman's tool in an adjacent building for a fire-bell, and creates a panic. Despising himself, he runs away to Canada, where eventually, by conquering his fear of heights, he makes good and wins the girl he loves. Cyril Nash is one of our earliest actors and is an important addition to a large cast of which Gladys Young , Douglas Ross , Charles Farrell , and Roy Emerton were in the first revival. Gladys Young was also in the original production. Obsession will be broadcast again tomorrow night in the London Regional Programme.
The Cast will include:
FELIX AYLMER; WALTER HORSBURGH; WILLIAM FAZAN; GORDON McLEOD; CYRIL NASH; FRANCIS JAMES; Dino GALVANI; Rus-TOM MEDORA; BERNARD BENOLIEL; PASCOE THORNTON; FRANK DENTON; GEORGE SANDERS; RICHARD HURNDALL; HARALD COLONNA; CYRIL GARDINER; THEODORE SMYTHE; Jock NANGLE; JOAN HARE; JOHN Y. Smart; F. VON BERGEN; ARVID LANGUI; ETHEL LODGE.
(See centre column and article on Whymper and the Matterhorn on page 811)
(Daventry National Programme)
A Play for the Microphone by L. DU GARDE PEACH
Mr. L. du Garde Peach's new play is a dramatic statement, in terms of three soldiers, of the stages by which the modern industrial system has reached its present state of dislocation. His first soldier returns from the Napoleonic Wars in 1816, and is involved in the Lancashire Luddite Riots ; his second comes back from the Crimea in 1856 to Glasgow to find industry booming and jobs to be had for the asking; the third, a boot factory-hand, is one of the three million unemployed of today whose existence challenges scientists, economists, and politicians to cure the evils of industrialism by the proper application of the technique of production and distribution. This is essentially a play of ideas, with little action, but it grips by the reality of its theme and its relevance to present-day conditions, and the naturalness of its dialogue.
A Play in Three Acts by GEORGE BLAKE
This play, as well as its title, is Clyde-built, for its author was a young Glasgow pressman twelve years ago when it was first produced by the Scottish National Players. It has weathered the years-unlike the ship that plays so potent a part in it-the North Star. But then, though she was built on the Clyde, she was jerry-built by interlopers, Mersons Ltd., and she foundered in the first gale.
If this play was only about the Clyde and shipping, it might have had no longer a life, but, as the author with some tenderness confesses, it is the love story of Jean Bannerman. We see the story unfold from three points of view. The firm of Crockett has been building ships' boats for nearly a century, and Jean's honest and unpretentious grandfather, Matthew Crockett , has retired, leaving affairs in the hands of his son, Tom. The old people believe that things are still prosperous, and get their awakening.
Then there is the point of view of Tom, Jean's uncle, and of Helen, her ambitious aunt, who, to stave off bankruptcy, would sell the business to the Mersons-and sell Jean, too. For Stanley Merson would make that part of the bargain.
Lastly comes Jean's point of view.
She loves Captain Harry Douglas , whose first ship is to be the North Star on her maiden voyage. But Jean's mother will not hear of her marrying a sailor because the girl's father was lost at sea. In a poignant farewell she cries : ' Take me and kiss me and hold me-close, close close !'
She is left alone in spirit in the house at Greenock, overlooking the Clyde. Time passes and the North Star is reported overdue and then lost. Pressure to marry Stanley Merson is brought to bear on her by nearly everyone. What does it matter whom she marries now Harry is dead ? The bargain is to go through ; Crockett's to be sold. But Jean's grandmother says : ' It's sellin' an immortal soul that makes me feel like killing somebody'.
That is the situation, steeped in tragedy and pity and human suffering, which leads up to the drama of the last act. George Blake wrote stuff to endure when he wrote Clyde-Built. Twelve years old it may be, but it doesn't date, because our loves and passions and cupidities have a way of not changing.
A play for Broadcasting by HORTON GIDDY
The main action of the play takes place on board a British Destroyer which is lying at anchor in a tropical bay where, except for native fishing craft, the only other vessel is a foreign cruiser. It is an hour before sunset when the play opens.
The Voices heard are
Also Newsboys, Restaurant Customers, Street Criers., Travellers by Train, etc., etc.
The production by PETER CRESWELL
This short play by Horton Giddy , which was first broadcast last January, deals with an entirely imaginary situation-the presentation by Britain of an ultimatum to a foreign Power-as that situation affects one remote corner of the world. The scene is set on board a British destroyer, and the author knows the life of the Navy and the types with whom he deals.
In the Shadow is not designed as propaganda for any cause. It is simply a ' thriller -rather different from the ordinary thriller, of course-that sets out to make listeners hold their breath up to the last tense moment.
This play will be repeated in the Regional programme tomorrow night at 9,15
A Play for Broadcasting by HORTON GIDDY