As the public was losing its faith in the immutability of the British Empire, some sought reassurance in a children's fairy story - Where the Rainbow Ends - which ran for almost 50 years on the London stage.

It vied in popularity with J M Barrie's Peter Pan, but is now almost completely forgotten.

The play drew fine music from Roger Quilter, and the requirements of the play led Italia Conti to create her now famous stage school for children.

With readings from Clifford Mills' novel by Edward de Souza, Louise Fryer goes in search of this remarkable piece of Edwardiana.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20040318