A treat for lovers of classic British drama, this volume of the Theatre Royal anthology series includes lion of the English stage and screen Ralph Richardson performing adaptations of "The Colonel's Lady" by Somerset Maugham and "Half an Hour" by J. M. Barrie. Both stories are moving portraits of marriages, each unhappy, and Richardson puts his versatility to great use playing the two husbands. His dramatic timing is unerring, and he creates a real sense of tension alongside the other classic actors. The inclusion of original music and announcements adds to the delightfully old-fashioned flavor.
Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from English and Scottish Literature. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in ‘The Colonel's Daughter’, adapted from the original tale by Somerset Maugham and Ralph Richardson starring in 'Half an Hour' adapted from the original tale by J. M. Barrie.
Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950s by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood.
Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: “vivid, tense, and compressed.”( Classic radio)
“Craft, like character, ages well.”(Daily Telegraph)
“Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed.” (Sunday Telegraph)
“Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again.” (Sunday Times)
“A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines.” (Radio Times.)
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A wonderful bit of history …
Here’s your opportunity to listen to a good old fashioned radio show. Just imagine, as you listen, the whole family gathered around the radio. Then a piece of furniture. Yes, furniture stores sold them then. This was something families looked forward to. Before black and white TV and before houses were big enough for families to spread out. This is back in the day where families gathered together. I’m happy to say my children were purposely raised in a home with one TV we had to watch together. How lucky we were!