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A Musical Homage to Radio 4

By Kathy Clugston and Desmond O'Connor

Thu 23 Oct 2014 - Sat 08 Nov 2014

In association with Act Productions Ltd

Act Productions Ltd

Along with the countryside, the monarchy and freedom of speech, Radio 4 is in the top seven "Best Things About Britain Today", according to a recent poll. But a new Controller is out to destroy this cherished institution! Can the intrepid team of presenters foil her wicked plan? Written by BBC newsreader Kathy Clugston with music by Desmond O'Connor, But First This is a witty and lovingly irreverent new musical set in the world of Woman’s Hour, The Shipping Forecast, The Today Programme, Big Ben and, of course, the Pips.

Just a Minute
, make sure you’re on the Front Row, Today, Saturday Live or Midweek, not at Broadcasting House but at The Watermill Theatre. It’s guaranteed to be livelier than Book at Bedtime. Warning: an in-depth knowledge of Farming Today may be required!

‘The actor playing me will obviously not be quite young enough or sexy enough.’ John Humphrys, presenter Today

‘I feel a West End transfer coming on!’ Kirsty Young, presenter Desert Island Discs

‘Proper brilliant!’ Clare Balding, presenter Ramblings


Running Time
Act 1 : 60 minutes
Interval : 20 minutes
Act 2 : 50 minutes

Written by Kathy Clugston
Music by Desmond O'Connor
Directed by Michael Kingsbury
Designed by Hayley Grindle
Lighting designed by Nick Richings
Sound designed by David Gregory
Choreography by Lizzi Gee