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Issue Details: First known date: 1936 1936
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Described in radio broadcast listings as both a 'melodious trifle,' and 'a musical play,' The Duchess was Furious, was first produced in early 1936 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission's (ABC) Revue Company. Sydney periodical, The Land, provides insight into the storyline and setting:

The chief recreation of the "deah [sic] Duchess" was putting the 'common people' in their place, and when she went to the French Riviera with her young" and pretty daughter, the Lady Vera Manners, she promised herself an orgy of snubbing and rebuking of all mere mortals except those in whose arteries ran the ultra marine fluid. But the poor Dowager had a distressing brainstorm when she discovered that Lady Vera had fallen madly in love with a stranger she met on the train, who later turns out to be the jazz-band conductor at the very hotel where the Duchess has booked accommodation for Lady Vera and herself. 'What a too, too ghastly muddle!' groans the Duchess, reaching for the aspirins and her smelling salts. So runs the story of "The Duchess was Furious," to be produced over 2FC on Saturday night, February 1' ('The Duchess was Furious,' p.15).

Production Details

  • 1936: Broadcast on relay by 2FC (Sydney); 1 February.

    • Producer Reg Hawthorne; Music Director/Conductor Farnsworth Hall.
    • Cast incl. ABC Revue Company, The Wireless Chorus.
    • Musicians: New Theatre Orchestra.

    NB: Re-broadcast by 2FC on 3 March 1936 and 25 May 1936.


    1937: Broadcast by 6WF (Perth) on 29 January 1937.

    • Producer Harry Graham; Music Director/Conductor E. J. Roberts.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

'The Duchess Was Furious' 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Land , 24 January 1936; (p. 15)

— Review of The Duchess was Furious D. Bowes-Kelly Muriel Lesley 1936 single work radio play musical theatre

A preview of the forthcoming Australian BRoadcasting Commission's (ABC) broadcast of The Duchess Was Furious (1 February 1836).

'The Duchess Was Furious' 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Land , 24 January 1936; (p. 15)

— Review of The Duchess was Furious D. Bowes-Kelly Muriel Lesley 1936 single work radio play musical theatre

A preview of the forthcoming Australian BRoadcasting Commission's (ABC) broadcast of The Duchess Was Furious (1 February 1836).

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