THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR: MARY OF SCOTLAND {REHEARSAL} (RADIO)

Summary

One in this series of radio adaptations of successful Broadway plays and, occasionally, books, or films presented by the Theatre Guild. This program is a taped rehearsal of Maxwell Anderson's historical drama "Mary of Scotland," which was to be performed at a later date before a live audience at Pittsburgh's Mosque Auditorium. This highly fictionalized historical account, set in the sixteenth century, dramatizes how Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587) was undermined and toppled from her throne by the machinations of Queen Elizabeth I of England, who feared that Mary would pose a threat to her throne. Gradually infiltrating the Scottish queen's coterie with her own agents, Elizabeth I manages to wreak havoc in Mary's personal life and in the inner sanctum of her kingdom, while soiling her reputation among the Scottish commoners. Although eventually defeated and deposed, the former Queen of Scots will still not yield to Elizabeth's demands, refusing to abdicate her throne or relinquish her hope for a reunion with her second husband, the Earl of Bothwell. Includes commercials.

(An earlier series "Theatre Guild Dramas" aired on CBS from 1943 to 1944 and "The Theatre Guild on the Air" was also heard on NBC from 1949 to 1954.)

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: April 25, 1946 Thursday
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:03:24
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R85:0141
  • GENRE: Radio - Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - Radio series, 1945-1949
  • COMMERCIALS: Radio - Commercials - United States Steel Corporation^Radio - Promos - "Theatre Guild on the Air: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary"

CREDITS

    • Armina Marshall … Executive Producer
    • George Kondolf … Producer
    • Homer Fickett … Director
    • Maxwell Anderson … Writer, Based on the play "Mary of Scotland" by
    • Robert Senendella … Writer, Adapted for radio by
    • Harold Levey … Composer, Conductor
    • Lawrence Langner … Host
    • Norman Brokenshire … Announcer
    • Helen Hayes … Cast, Mary of Scotland
    • Helen Menken … Cast, Elizabeth I
    • Elizabeth I
    • Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart)