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The Flowering Cherry

The Flowering Cherry is a 1958 play written by Robert Bolt.

The play was performed on Broadway in 1959.[1]

Plot

In an English household, the father dreams of giving up his job selling insurance to run an apple orchard, the mother dreams of him giving up his dreams, and the two children have problems of their own .

Adaptations

The play was adapted for British television in 1963.[2]

1963 Australian TV adaptation

Flowering Cherry
Directed byColin Dean
Produced byColin Dean
Written byNoel Robinson
Based onplay by Robert Bolt
StarringGrant Taylor
Distributed byABC
Release date
13 February 1963
Running time
75 mins
CountryAustralia

It was filmed for Australian TV in 1963, directed by Colin Dean and starring Grant Taylor, Peter Adams, Don Pascoe, Elizabeth Ferris, Margo Lee, Frank Taylor and Rosalind Seagrave.

It was the first drama to be simultaneously presented in Sydney and Melbourne via coaxial cable.[3][4][5][6]

Cast

  • Grant Taylor as Mr Cherry
  • Margo Lee as Mrs Cherry
  • Rosalind Seagrave as Taylor's daughter
  • Frank Taylor
  • Elizabeth Ferris
  • Don Pascoe
  • Peter Adams as Taylor's son

Reception

The TV critic for the Sydney Morning Herald thought "Grant Taylor was well in command" of his role but that Colin Dean's production "was rather too crowded."[7] Val Marshall of the same paper called it "a first rate production" in which Taylor and Lee were "brilliant".[8]

The Bulletin wrote that "Given a stronger plot, livelier dialogue, less stagey sets, more imaginative cameras, some television actors, and better make-up, it could have been a good play. Lacking them, it was still tolerable, because the viewer could feel that at least everyone was trying, and that is not a bad beginning for ABC drama production in 1963."[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "BroadwayWorld.com - The Flowering Cherry".
  2. ^ "imdb.com - Flowering Cherry (1963)".
  3. ^ The Flowering Cherry at National Film and Sound Archive
  4. ^ "PLAY STAR". The Canberra Times. 13 February 1963. p. 25. Retrieved 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Live Drama On Wednesday". The Canberra Times. 11 February 1963. p. 20. Retrieved 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Drama, Recital via Coaxl cable". The Age. 7 February 1963. p. 12.
  7. ^ "Drama Review Bolt Play On Channel 2". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 February 1963. p. 7.
  8. ^ Marshall, Valda (17 February 1963). "TV Merry Go Round". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 66.
  9. ^ "A Favourable Review". The Bulletin. March 2, 1963. p. 35.

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