Sunday, March 16, 2008

Androcles, you never can tell.

This week we watched two more of the GBS plays. 'Androcles and the Lion' starred Billy Connolley as Androcles, Anna Calder Marshall as Lavinia and Bernard Bresslaw as Ferrovius. Michael Holdroyd directs. This is a gentle and rather lightweight production originally produced for BBC Schools and not broadcast for 21 years. The story is based on the Aesop fable and written by Shaw to demonstrate different types of Christians.

Rather more fun was 'You never can tell' an early comedy (1897). The only reviewer on Amazon, was not impressed, but I rather approved of it. Robert Powell starred with Cyril Cusack and there was an appearance of Warren Clarke as a young and rather good looking man. He now plays Andy Dalziel in Dalziel and Pascoe as a plug ugly policeman.

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