Murder in the Cathedral (1936a)

UK, 19 October
broadcast live, black and white, 5:4
mono, English

A British play. It was the first of four live presentation of the same performance from three different London theatres. Though presented live, all four presentations employed early superimposition techniques to represent . This was a test broadcast three weeks before the official launch of BBC television.

Plot Summary

A drama in verse detailing the last days of Thomas Becket before his at Canterbury.


Presentation by: George More O'Ferrall
Play Produced by: E. Martin Browne
Poem: T.S. Eliot
From the Duchess Theatre (by arrangement with J. P. Mitchelhill)

Robert Speaight (Thomas Beckett)
Guy Spaull (first tempter and knight)
G.R. Schjelderup (second tempter and knight)
Norman Chidgey (third tempter and knight)
E. Martin Browne (fourth tempter and knight)

See also
Murder in the Cathedral (1936b)
Murder in the Cathedral (1936c)
Theatre Parade: Murder in the Cathedral (1937)