Film: 5025

Media | 1950 | Sound | B/W


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London's theatreland and training at RADA to become an actor or actress 1950's

London theatres at night with the lit up boards in Shaftesbury avenue and other famous London theatres. A girl, Mary Manson, stands outside the R.A.D.A. building looking up at the sign and enters the building. She auditions to a panel of men and women. John Stride also auditions. Mary does Juliet's speech from Romeo and Juliet. " Rainbow corner a timetable of classes. Elocution class. Diction lessons, a young man reads poetry aloud in a class, a fencing class, dancing and movement. Make up classes and Mime.
The Old Vic theatre and the Vanburgh Theatre. Wardrobe. "Spotlight" Magazine. Rodney Mullington the editor. An interview with a theatrical Agent, Peter Eade (agent for Kenneth Williams among others). The Guildford Theatre and the artistic director, a repertory company, stage production. Peter Eade, an agent. Tennant Productions Ltd over the Globe Theatre. BBC Television drama in production. Very vamp kiss. R.K.O Pictures. M.G.M. and Rank London film company or studio , headquarters in Wardour Street. Cinemas and hoardings for films. Actress, Mary, makes up. Filming a Screen Test. Private viewing of screen test in a preview theatre. Rick Richards. Man leers at Picture Post centrefold. Mary has glamour photos taken in a bikini. Interviewed by a journalist in a plush restaurant. Her picture adorns magazines. Journalists at the stage door. Queues at the theatre. Clapping Hands. Actress takes a bow, receives flowers, shot from behind.

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