Tribute to Sir Robert Helpmann: a two-part broadcast [from "A night of ballet" radio program]Additional title: Night of ballet (Radio program)
NamesHelpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 (Interviewee)Blain, Ellis (Interviewer)Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 (Lyricist)Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964 (Lyricist)ABC Radio (Australia) (Producer)4QG (Radio station : Brisbane, Australia) (Producer)
Katharine Hepburn audiovisual materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1986-12-01
Table of Contents[Part 1]: A night at the ballet, 1st part: [Opening remarks ; Introductions] (Unidentified 4QG radio host) -- Sir Robert Helpmann's childhood ; His mother ; Athletics -- Major influences (Royal Ballet, also known as Vic-Wells Ballet): Lilian Baylis ; Ninette de Valois -- Job: A masque for dancing [ends abruptly][Part 2]: A night at the ballet, 1st part: [Excerpt, to end] Margot Fonteyn -- Ninette de Valois -- The haunted ballroom -- A wedding bouquet ; Lord Berners ; Gertrude Stein -- [Closing remarks] (Unidentified 4QG radio host)[Part 3]: A night at the ballet, 2nd part: [Opening remarks] (Unidentified 4QG radio host) -- Fącade ; Edith Sitwell ; William Walton ; Constant Lambert -- The red shoes ; Moira Shearer -- Adam Zero ; Arthur Bliss [ends abruptly][Part 4]: A night at the ballet, 2nd part: [Excerpt, to end] Miracle in the Gorbals ; Arthur Bliss -- Prospect before us -- Horoscope -- Sophie Fedorovitch ; Frederick Ashton -- Constant Lambert -- Katharine Hepburn -- Old Vic 1955 Australian tour with Kate Hepburn -- People he admired ; People in the theater -- [Closing remarks] (Unidentified 4QG radio host)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1386
TopicsSir, Helpmann, Robert, 1909-1986Baylis, Lilian, 1874-1937De Valois, Ninette, 1898-2001Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991Baron, Berners, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 1883-1950Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964Lambert, Constant, 1905-1951Shearer, Moira, 1926-2006Bliss, Arthur, 1891-1975Fedorovitch, SophieAshton, Frederick, 1904-1988Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003Royal BalletVic-Wells BalletOld Vic Theatre (London, England)BalletsRadio programs, MusicalBallet (Radio programs)Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958. Job. SelectionsToye, Geoffrey, 1889-1942. Haunted ballroom. SelectionsBerners, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron, 1883-1950. Wedding bouquet. SelectionsWalton, William, 1902-1983. Façade (Entertainment). SelectionsBliss, Arthur, 1891-1975. Adam Zero. SelectionsBliss, Arthur, 1891-1975. Miracle in the Gorbals. SelectionsLambert, Constant, 1905-1951. Horoscope. Suite. SelectionsLambert, Constant, 1905-1951. Prospect before us. SelectionsRed shoes (Motion picture)
GenresLive sound recordingsRadio programsInterviews
NotesStatement of responsibility: from interviews granted to the late Ellis Blane.Content: Title from original original audiocassette container spine.Content: "ABC-Australian National Radio; Tribute to Sir Robt. Helpmann"--From original audiocassette container spine.Original location: "1-12-86; AM station 4QG, Brisbane, Australia ... As a tribute to his memory"--From original audiocassette container.Content: Sir Robert Helpmann's death date listed on audiocassette container (29-9-1986) is incorrect; he died on September 28, 1986.Content: Unidentified music tracks are interspersed throughout the broadcast.Creation/production credits: Nancy Towl, (?) producer ; Wayne Jeffman and Michael Hubbart, technical production.Performers: Sir Robert Helpmann, interviewee ; Ellis Blain, interviewer ; with unidentified radio host.Venue: Broadcast 4QG AM station, Brisbane, Australia 1986 December 1 (radio program); Broadcast [Sydney, Australia] 1971 (original radio broadcast)Acquisition: Separated from; Billy Rose Theatre Division, Katharine Hepburn papers, 1854-1997 (bulk 1928-1994); 2007.Content: Forms part of: Katharine Hepburn audiovisual materials, *L(Special) 08-31.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (118 min., 43 sec.) : analog, mono
DescriptionThis two-part broadcast "A night at the ballet" (December 1, 1986) was condensed from fourteen interviews ABC reporter Ellis Blain (d. 1979) conducted in 1971 with Sir Robert Helpmann, ballet dancer, actor, producer, choreographer and co-director of the Australian Ballet, who died on September 28, 1986. Besides his childhood and family, Sir Robert Helpmann talked about his dancing career in London, England at the Vic-Wells Ballet (now Royal Ballet) in the 1930s-1950s, including the 1947 film "The red shoes", and the 1955 Old Vic Shakespeare tour of Australia with Katharine Hepburn. People that he worked with and were his friends: Lilian Baylis, Ninette de Valois, Margot Fonteyn, Lord Berners, Gertrude Stein, Edith Sitwell, William Walton, Constant Lambert, Moira Shearer, Arthur Bliss, Sophie Fedorovitch, Frederick Ashton, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne. Productions he performed in: Job: A masque for dancing (1931) / music by Ralph Vaughan Williams ; The haunted ballroom (1934) / music by Geoffrey Toye ; A wedding bouquet (1937) / music by Lord Berners, lyrics by Gertrude Stein ; Fącade (1931) / music by William Walton, lyrics by Edith Sitwell ; The red shoes (1948 film) / music by Brian Easdale ; Adam Zero (1946) and Miracle in the Gorbals (1944) / music by Arthur Bliss ; The prospect before us (1940) and Horoscope (1937) / music by Constant Lambert.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 904054656NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20537985Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5d4a3560-b887-0133-118d-60f81dd2b63c
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