Theatre Royal

British anthology series hosted by Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson
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This fine British anthology series, features plays based on the best of literature, films and English theater. Produced in two series, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson serve as hosts, narrators and many times portray the leading roles.

Many fine actors of the British stage and screen were involved in individual episodes of the Theatre Royal series, such as Sir John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Harry Andrews, Muriel Forbes, Robert Donat, and Daphne Maddox.

The music was credited to the renown British organist and arranger, Sidney Torch. However much of the same music was also used in other Harry Alan Towers productions on which Torch also worked, such as The Secrets of Scotland Yard, The Black Museum, and The Many Lives of Harry Lime.

Harry Alan Towers produced and directed the show for his Towers of London company for international syndication, at the time in Europe, South Africa and Australia. The episodes included in this distribution are from the initial US run on NBC. However selected episodes were repeated, with a different series opening and close on the ABC Mystery Time series during the late 1950s. The show Theatre Royal remained in active syndication in the United States well up into the 1970s. Many of the copies in circulation today, come from those 1970s repeats where the individual episodes were cut to about 20 minutes. Luckily these cuts were made by the production company and generally do not take away from the actual program enjoyment. This reduced length comes from a combination for factors including removing dated introductory material from the beginning of the early episodes, making time for local stations to include hourly 5 minute newscasts and to insert commercials locally.

In conclusion, this series consisted of new radio adaptations of famous, and not so famous stories by some of the best authors in the United States and England. It is the inclusion of some of those little known masterpieces by many familiar authors that gives the series a variety element usually missing in this type of anthology series. Its long syndication run, well into the 70s, proves once again classic stories presented by talented actors never really goes out of style.

NOTE: Updated Release! Corrected dates and spelling (02-Jun-2012).

From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.

  1. Theatre Royal 53-10-04 (01) Queen of Spades (27.1Mb)
  2. Theatre Royal 53-10-11 (02) The Overcoat (26.8Mb)
  3. Theatre Royal 53-10-18 (03) The Tale (26.9Mb)
  4. Theatre Royal 53-10-25 (04) The Happy Hypocrite (27.1Mb)
  5. Theatre Royal 53-11-01 (05) The Sire de Maletroit's Door (27Mb)
  6. Theatre Royal 53-11-07 (06) The Judgement (26.8Mb)
  7. Theatre Royal 53-11-14 (07) The Purse (26.8Mb)
  8. Theatre Royal 53-11-21 (08) La Grande Breteche (27Mb)
  9. Theatre Royal 53-11-28 (09) Markheim (27Mb)
  10. Theatre Royal 53-12-19 (11) Zodomirsky's Duel (25.8Mb)
  11. Theatre Royal 53-12-24 (12) A Christmas Carol (21.6Mb)
  12. Theatre Royal 53-12-26 (13) The Canterville Ghost (26.8Mb)
  13. Theatre Royal 54-01-02 (14) The Country of the Blind (26.4Mb)
  14. Theatre Royal 54-01-16 (16) Little Louise (27Mb)
  15. Theatre Royal 54-01-23 (17) Lord Saville's Crime (26.6Mb)
  16. Theatre Royal 54-01-30 (18) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (26.6Mb)
  17. Theatre Royal 54-02-06 (19) The Case of Bardell vs Pickwick (17.3Mb)
  18. Theatre Royal 54-02-13 (20) Bartleby (26.8Mb)
  19. Theatre Royal 54-02-20 (21) The Inspector General (26.6Mb)
  20. Theatre Royal 54-02-27 (22) The Suicide Club (26.6Mb)
  21. Theatre Royal 54-03-06 (23) The Outcasts of Poker Flats (26.8Mb)
  22. Theatre Royal 54-03-13 (24) Mr Micawber's Difficulties (11.7Mb)
  23. Theatre Royal 54-03-20 (25) The Luck Of Roaring Camp (26Mb)
  24. Theatre Royal 54-03-27 (26) A Tale of Two Cities (25.7Mb)
  25. Theatre Royal 54-04-11 (28) When Greek Meets Greek (25.7Mb)
  26. Theatre Royal 54-04-18 (29) The Snow Goose (25.5Mb)
  27. Theatre Royal 54-04-25 (30) The Colonel's Lady (17.1Mb)
  28. Theatre Royal 54-05-02 (31) The Black Mate (25.3Mb)
  29. Theatre Royal 54-05-09 (32) Half an Hour (24.6Mb)
  30. Theatre Royal 54-05-16 (33) Dr Knock (26.3Mb)
  31. Theatre Royal 54-05-23 (34) The Aspern Papers (26.5Mb)
  32. Theatre Royal 54-05-30 (35) My Adventure in Norfolk (26.8Mb)
  33. Theatre Royal 54-06-06 (36) Private Rooms (26.5Mb)
  34. Theatre Royal 54-06-16 (37) The Man Who Could Work Miracles (27Mb)
  35. Theatre Royal 54-06-23 (38) The Liar (26.5Mb)
  36. Theatre Royal 54-06-30 (39) My Uncle Toby (26.3Mb)
  37. Theatre Royal 54-07-07 (40) Four Meetings (26.1Mb)
  38. Theatre Royal 54-07-14 (41) A Sentimental Journey (26.7Mb)
  39. Theatre Royal 54-07-21 (42) Becky Sharpe - Vanity Fair (26.7Mb)
  40. Theatre Royal 54-07-28 (43) Queen Of Spades (26.1Mb)
  41. Theatre Royal 54-08-04 (44) The Overcoat (26.5Mb)
  42. Theatre Royal 54-08-11 (45) The Happy Hypocrite (26.6Mb)
  43. Theatre Royal 54-08-18 (46) The Sire de Maletroit's Door (26.4Mb)
  44. Theatre Royal 54-08-25 (47) The Judgement (26.8Mb)
  45. Theatre Royal 54-09-01 (48) Country Of the Blind (26.8Mb)

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