He went on to write various light-hearted dramas and pantomimes in the 1930s. The first of his comic operettas for which he wrote the libretto was The Pride of the Regiment, or Cashiered for His Country, with music by Walter Leigh.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Mystery of early Budleigh theatre show
Can you help solve a thespian puzzle by providing information about this drama production in Budleigh's Public Hall, dated, according to the above photo, January 1926?
A local antiquarian book collector has suggested that a show which became a
West End hit in the 1930s may
have had its origins in a much earlier Budleigh Salterton amateur production.
Among other achievements Clinton-Baddeley became a well-known voice at the BBC, celebrated for his readings of classic authors. This photo from a 1937 edition of the Radio Times shows him outside a studio where he had just finished giving a television reading from A.A. Milne. Unluckily for him the BBC fireman was patrolling the studio corridors just at that moment, enforcing the 'No-Smoking ' rule.
Tony is keen to meet any local residents who had relatives involved with the Public Hall production of The Pride of the Regiment. "It would be really fascinating to know whether the earlier date is correct. It could prove that Clinton-Baddeley was much more active in local amateur dramatics than was previously thought, and that Budleigh Salterton was the initial springboard for
West End hits."