• Short Summary

    Good footage of The Players' Theatre in Covent Garden, London.

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    Full titles read: "THE PLAYERS' THEATRE Covent Garden. London's quaintest little Theatre, for a glance at an old time memory `RIDGEWAY'S JOYS'."

    Group shots of four men on stage wearing smart evening suits and and frilly shirts. They sing a comic song about a strawberry fair. M/S's of a small audience laughing loudly at the song. M/S of the chairman. The commentator says that "chairman is depressed." The man announces that he has some sad news and he asks the audience to make a a small contribution to the running of the club. M/S's of the audience delving into their pockets and handing over their change. M/S of the chairman drinking some beer, the commentator remarks "the chairman is no longer depressed."

    M/S's of the novelist Dorothy Sayers talking to a gentleman. L/S of the singer Megs Jenkins singing `Please sell no more drink to my father'. Miss Sayers holds a shawl over her head as she sings. M/S's of the audience joining in and singing the chorus. L/S's of the singer and entertainer Eve Lynd. She wears a skimpy, sparkly leotard with boots and a feathered head-dress. She sings `La Di Da'. Groups shots of several singers dressed in traditional 1840's clothing (Charles Dickens style) singing the finale. The curtain falls at the end of the song.

    Note: According to our old records the item also contains footage of the stage actress Hermione Gingold. Players' Theatre expert Roger Fillary says that actor Alec Clunes is also seen in this item - SL.

    Duplicate exists in Turns Can 17 - see separate record for details.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:48:00 / 01:37:57:00
    PT 414

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  1. Unknown user says

    Alec Clunes (as mentioned in the details) was the father of Martin Clunes. Also seen very briefly both on and off stage is Peter Ridgeway who was the co-founder of the Players' with Leonard Sachs. Ridgeway died shortly afterwards.
    Also seen very briefly in audience shots is Margaret Rutherford.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Roger, that's really interesting. We've added those names to the tags. Well spotted.

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