Radio 3 Drama, 1991

Radio 3 - Drama in 1991

1st January 1991:
21.25 :
Drama Now: Fair Kirsten by Kaj Nissen, translator Julian Garner
The King's sister is destined to dance through the night with 12 men - none of them can weary her, but the 13th, the King himself, will bring the dance to an end.
Music Philip Pickett, Tom Finucane (lute), Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin)
Director: Marilyn Imrie
Kirsten: Gerda Stevenson
with Norman Taylor.
The dancer is Jane Gingell.
Repeated from 13th March 1990.
[Jane Gingell is a dancer specialising in baroque period dance - this is her only BBC credit on Genome.]

2nd January 1991:
21:05: :
A Requiem for Aramis by Colin McLaren
Aramis haunts a dying Alexandre Dumas and demands a happy ending for his life ...
Music Roger Limb
Director Judith Bumpus
Aramis: Jonathan Hyde
Dumas: Harold Innocent
La Flamande: Elizabeth Kelly
Kenelm Digby: David Bannerman
Fr Herrebia/Rene Descartes: Ronald Herdman
Marini/Librarian: Dmm Schiller
Wostpur/Louis XIV: Mark Straker
Si John Chrysostomos/ Ivan Injanus: James Greene
Fr Superior: Timothy Bateson
Repeated 21st June 1991

3rd January 1991:
16.45 :
All the World's a Globe. Written by Patrick Barlow with additional material by Jim Broadbent and Martin Duncan
Episode 7
Being the history of mankind from the first amoeba to the Second World War, presented by the entire cast of the National Theatre of Brent: Desmond Olivier Dingle and Wallace, aided by Mr Barker.
Producer Lissa Evans
Repeated from 3rd June 1990.

6th January 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West.
About a 1930s New York agony aunt.
Narrator Nigel Anthony
Dramatised by Vincent Mc Inerney
Director Shaun MacLoughlin
Miss Lonelyhearts: William Hope
Shrike: Bill Wallis
Betty: Catherine Furshpan
Mary: Bonnie Hurren
Goldsmith: Bradley Lavelle
Fay: Maggie McCarthy
Jed: Stephen Garlick
Simpson: Nigel Carrington
Doyle: Ed Bishop
Repeated 22nd September 1991.
[There was an earlier version produced by D G Bridson in 1960, repeated 1961]

8th January 1991:
21.15 :
Drama Now: A Moment of Exuberance by Michael Sadler.
Harry is very close to contentment. He and his wife have two children and peacocks in the garden. Then out of his past Bruno appears. Bruno the television celebrity. Bruno the traitor....
Director Peter Kavanagh
Harry: Nicky Henson
Bruno: Nickolas Grace
Tessa: Diana Quick
Mrs Page: Jo Kendall
Dolby: Donald Gee
Waiter: Charles Simpson
Sandra: Jane Slavin
Schoolboys: Peter James Holloway
Schoolboys: Ian Targett
Repeated from 3rd October 1989

13th January 1991:
21.20 :
Sunday Play: The Basset Table by Susanna Centlivre (1667?-1723).
Adapted by Fidelis Morgan
Director Penny Gold (R)
Lady Reveller: Eleanor Bron
Lord Worthy: Michael Cochrane
Sir James Courtly: Jonathan Cullen
Lady Lucy: Amanda Murray
Sir Richard: John Rye
Ensign Lovely: Simon Treves
Valeria: Danielle Allan
Captain Hearty: Sean Barrett
Alpiew: Jenny Howe
Buckle: Nicholas Gilbrook
Mrs Sago: Tessa Worsley
Mr Sago: Danny Schiller
Banker/Servant: Christopher Good
First broadcast 10th August 1990
Repeated 28th May 1995
[Lady Reveller runs a table where her friends play the card game basset - a card gambling game for the upper classes originating in Italy with the odds very much in favour of the dealer who amasses a fortune. The game was quickly banned in England.]

15th January 1991:
21.30 :
Drama Now: Bringing Up Nero by David Pownall.
In the light of sweeping changes in Eastern Europe, this play asks how far can writers, especially playwrights, influence political thinking and totalitarian regimes?
Director Martin Jenkins
Seneca: Bernard Hepton
Nero: Robert Glenister
Also with Danielle Allan, Alan Barker, Elizabeth Kelly, James Simmons, Auriol Smith, Brett Usher, Andrew Wincott and Angus Wright.

20th January 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Poor Bitos by Jean Anouilh.
Translator Lucienne Hill.
France in the 1950s: scholarship boy
Andre Bitos was not popular at school with his wealthy classmates. Now they are all grown up and he is the Deputy Public Prosecutor.
Director Richard Imison
Bitos/Robespierre: Clive Merrison
Maxime/Stjust: Jeremy Clyde
Philippe/Jesuit Father: Hugh Dickson
Julien/Danton: Michael Cochrane
Vulturne/Mirabeau: Roger Hammond
Brassac/Tallien: Peter Pacey
Deschamps/Camille Desmoulins: Christopher Good
Victoire/Lucille Desmoulhis: Alexandra Mathie
Amanda/Madame Tallien: Madeline Smith
Lila/Marie Antoinette: Melinda Walker
Charles/Maxime's butler: Vincent Brimble
Joseph/Maxime's cook: Michael Kilgarriff
Delanoue: Ken Cumberlidge
Repeated from 11th July 1989.
[Studio recording date 14th May 1989]

22nd January 1991:
20.30 :
Drama Now: The Governor. A true story by Steve May.
1832: Englishman Joshua Hill descends upon the mixed-blood, half-British residents of Pitcairn, a remote Pacific island, and claims to be their governor.
Directed by Richard Wortley
Capt Freemantle: Colin Starkey
Joshua Hill: Geoffrey Whitehead
English captain: John Moffatt
Nobbs: Brian Miller
Evans: Charles Simpson
Buffetl: Michael Graham Cox
Fletcher Christian: Stephen Garlick
Edward Quintet: Richard Tate
William Young: Ken Cumberlidge
Rachel Evans: Elizabeth Mansfield
Dinah Quintet: Tara Dominick
Capt Sandylands: Joe Dunlop
Charles Christian: Danny Schiller
Lord Russell: Simon Treves
Dorothy Buffett: Susan Sheridan
Children: Emma Bunton Gary
Repeated from 14th November 1989
[Studio recording date 2nd October 1989]

27th January 1991:
21.45 :
Sunday Play: Betrayal by Harold Pinter.
Triangular infidelity.
Robert: Harold Pinter
Emma: Patricia Hodge
Jerry: Michael Gambon
Also with Christopher Good and Elizabeth Mansfield.
Repeated from 9th October 1990
Repeated on 5th October 2005

29th January 1991:
21.30 :
Drama Now: Related Variations By Douglas Slater.
Aa piano masterclass. Teacher knows best how the piece should be performed, and daily guides the student. But what if the playing is so good that he has no criticism to make?
Director Peter Kavanagh
Piano: Graham Scott
Teacher: Ian McKellen
Repeated from 3rd April 1990

3rd February 1991:
19.30 : Sunday Play: Games by Ivan Klima.
Czechoslovakia's post-1968 history explored through 'party games'.
Director Michael Fox
Demi: Don Henderson
Irena: Samantha Bond
Filip: Christopher Ravenscroft
Kamil: Mark Drewry
Bauer: David McAlister
Petr: Derek Howard
Eva: Victoria Finney
Jakub: Dave Bond
[Studio recording date 19th October 1990]

5th February 1991:
22.00 :
Drama Now: A Summer Affair by Ivan Klima.
Czechoslovakia, on the eve of the 1968 Russian invasion.
Dr Krempa is researching into the process of ageing but his life is transformed by the arrival of Iva.
Dramatised by Nigel Gearing
Directed by Peter Kavanagh
Dr David Krempa: Stephen Moore
Camilla: Deborah Findlay
Iva: Gina Bellman
Mencl: Timothy Carlton
Tom: Howard Ward
Father: Michael Turner
ALSO with With Ellen Beaven, Victoria Norrell, Pauline Letts, Suzan Crowley,
Timothy Bateson, Nigel Carrington, Simon Treves, Ian Lindsay, Ben Onwukwe, Brett Usher, Angus Wright, Emma Gregory.
[Studio recording date 26th November 1990]

10th February 1991:
19.15-21.30 :
Critics' Choice: Breaking the Silence by Stephen Poliakoff.
"After the revolution in Russia, a rich, aristocratic Jew is dispossessed.
But he and his family are 'kept' in a large railway carriage and he claims to be an important inventor."
Directed by Richard Wortley
Nikolai: Edward Petherbridge
Eugenia: Francesca Annis
Polya: Lesley Sharp
Verkoff: Brian Glover
Sasha: Richard Pearce
Guards: Mark Straker
Guards: Alan Barker
Repeated 7th July 1991.
[ Loosely based on Poliakoff's grandfather's life. ]
[ There was a later production on Radio 4 in 2007 directed by Peter Leslie Wild ]

12th February 1991:
22.30 :
Drama Now: Rousseau's Tale by David Pownall.
In 1765 Rousseau was an exile in England: imagine what he might have spoken about if invited to address the Royal Society on the subject of his inner, emotional life. Little would his hosts have guessed what explosions were in store!
Director Peter Kavanagh
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Alec McCowen
[Studio recorded 18th December 1990]

17th February 1991:
19.30 :
Critics' Choice: Good by C P Taylor.
'The bands came in 1933. So you can't say they came with the rise of the Nazis, exactly. The Nazis were on the rise long before that With ..'
Music: John Bradbury, Michael Powell, John Hargreaves, Anne Collis
Director Stewart Conn
Halder: Tom Watson
Maurice: Gary Waldhorn
Mother: Joan Matheson
Helen: Madelaine Newton
Anne: Siobhan Redmond
Major: David Goudge
Doctor/Bok: Simon Wright
Bouller/Eichmann: David Bedard
Elizabeth: Marcia King
Repeated from 8th December 1989
[Studio recording 3rd October 1989]

19th February 1991:
20.30 :
Drama Now: Are You So Certain, Martinus? by Christine Bruckner.
Translated by Anthony Vivis and Tinch Minter
Director Jeremy Mortimer
Katharina Von Bora: Margaret Robertson
[Studio recording 30th June 1989]

24th February 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Kafka's Dick by Alan Bennett.
Set in Prague, 27 Batcliffe Drive and Heaven.
Did W H Auden wear underpants? And what exactly was Kafka's embarrassing little problem?
Music arranged and performed by Nicholas Kok.
Director Gordon House
Franz Kafka: Nigel Anthony
Max Brod: Michael Cochrane
Sydney: Richard Griffiths
Linda: Alison Steadman
Father: Timothy Bateson
Hermann K: Peter Woodthorpe
(First broadcast on the BBC World Service, 6th January 1991)
[Studio recording date 16th October 1990]

26th February 1991:
21.30 :
Drama Now: The Newsvendor by Geoffrey Parkinson
A very black comedy. In purgatorial lodgings, Mr Hazlett nourishes his obsessions: model soldiers, his mother's death, and now the planning of a murder. Director Alison Hindell
Mr Hazlett: Charles Kay
Newsvendor: James Grout
Mrs Willetts: Ann Jameson
Cemetery Keeper: Garard Green
Father (old): Frederick Treves
Father (young): Simon Treves
Also with Jenny Howe, Elizabeth Kelly, and Auriol Smith.
[Studio recording date 3rd September 1990]

3rd March 1991:
19.30 :
Critics' Choice: The Fool by Edward Bond. This play examines a society in which a man's creative imagination is as readily exploited as his physical labour. The story of the 'peasant poet' John Clare (1793-1864)
Musician Tim Laycock
Director Penny Gold
John Clare: Gerard Murphy
Patty: Amelda Brown
Mary: Miranda Foster
Darkie Turner: David Learner
Miles: Scott Cherry
Laurence: Paul Downing
Betty: Theresa Streatfeild
Lord Milton: David Ryall
Parson: John Woodvine
Mrs Emmerson: Ann Firbank
Admiral: John Gabriel
Charles Lamb: Nicholas Gilbrook
Mary Lamb: Amanda Murray
Black boxer: Calvin Simpson
Irish boxer: Kilian McKenna
Dr Skrimshire: John Bull
Repeated from 23rd March 1990
[Studio recording date 21st February 1990]

5th March 1991:
21.50 :
Drama Now: Making It Better by James Saunders.
Set in a London flat in 1989. It follows Diana's search for personal fulfilment against the background of her husband's sexual ambivalence and the political change affecting her two Czech lovers.
Director Richard Wortley
Diana: Deborah Findley
Adrian: Michael Tudor Barnes
Tomas Kratky: Frank Kovacs
Josef Pavicek: John Bluthal
Repeated 21st January 1992
[Studio recording date 6th December 1990]

8th March 1991:
21.05-22.15 :
Upon Life: 1: Inquest for Blood by Jack Emery.
The first of three 17th-century trials compiled from contemporary transcripts. The trial of Charles Stuart, King of England, for high treason at Westminster Hall in 1649.
Director Jane Morgan
Charles I: Brett Usher
Lord President: David King
Clerk to Court: James Greene
Mr Cook: Steve Hodson
Lady Fairfax: Jenny Howe
Officer: Michael Graham Cox
Soldier: Dale Rapley
Cromwell: Michael Howarth
Reporter: Christian Rodska

10th March 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Undiscovered Country by Tom Stoppard, Adapted by Gerry Jones, based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler.
The death of a young pianist exposes the sexual hypocrisy among a group of wealthy Austrians at the beginning of this century.
Director Martin Jenkins
Friedrich Hofreiter. .. Ronald Pickup
Genia. his wife... Maureen O'Brien
Dr Mauer: John Rowe
Mrs Wahl: Ellzabeth Proud
Erna, her daughter: Tara Dominick
Gustl, her son: Angus Wright
Mrs ion Aigner: Maxine Audley
Dr von Aigner: Timothy Bateson
Otto, their son: Kim Wall
Adele Natter: Auriol Smith
Mr Natter: Geoffrey Beevers
Paul Kreindl: Stephen Garlick
Demeter Stanzides: John Webb
Albertus Rhon: Brett Usher
Mrs Rhon: Joanna Myers
Rosenstock: Ronald Herdman
Mr SerknitZ: James Greene
Korsakov/Penn: Gary Todd
Kathi: Danielle Allan
Repeated 10th January 1993
[Studio recording date 28th January 1991]
[Tom Stoppard's version of Schnitzler's "Dalliance"]

12th March 1991:
22.00 :
Drama Now: A Butler Did It by David Cregan.
Beneath his immaculate exterior Honeyman the butler plots the downfall of his master's house....
Director John Tydeman
Honeyman, the butler: Bernard Hepton
Sir Desmond: Hugh Manning
Alfred, his son: Ian Collier
Samantha, his daughter: Anna Massey
Mastair, her husband: Neville Jason
Paula, their daughter: Melanie Nicholson
Daniel, her lover: Simon Treves
Sean, her mother's lover: Geoffrey Beevers
Harry: Roger Hammond
Cleric: David King
BBC announcer: Simon Milner
Repeated from 31st July 1990.

15th March 1991:
21.25 :
Upon Life: 2: Man of the People. compiled by Jack Emery from contemporary transcripts.
The trial of John Lilburne , Leveller, at the Guildhall, London in October 1649, for publishing treasonous pamphlets.
Director John Theocharis
John Lilburne: Karl Johnson
judge Keble: Robin Bailey
Judge Jermyn: David Neal
Attorney General Prideaux: Edward de Souza
Col Purefoy: David Bannerman
Lieutenant: Vincent Brimble
Mr NUtleigh: Christopher Good
Mr Newcombe: James Green
Thomas Lewis: David King
Mr Sprat: Brian Miller
MrDaffern: Danny Schiller
Clerk of the Court: Michael Kilgarriff
Reporter: Christian Rodska
[During the English Civil War the Levellers sought an extended suffrage (to most males), equality before the law (the law to be in English and include the right to silence), and religious tolerance. Unlike the Diggers they did not propose "common ownership". Their proposals were an early repesentation of current ideas of democracy. ]

17th March 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Pratt's Fall by Stewart Parker.
If you were an attractive, strong-minded female academic, and a Glaswegian ex-monk sporting a small gold earring offered you a map proving that the Irish discovered America in the ninth century, would you fall for it?
Director Marilyn Imrie
Victoria Pratt: Isla Blair
George Mahoney: Maurice Roeves
Godfrey Dudley: Michael Williams
Serena Pratt: Susan Wooldridge
Prof of Celtic Studies/Malachy: Dermot Crowley
Abbot: James Greene
Dr Bridges: John Moffatt
Harvey Small/Brendan: Robert McIntosh
Mrs Small: Diana Payan
Proctor/Eriksson: Karl James
Kilroy: Kerry Shale
Cortez/Pornographic editor: John Bull
Mr Rhys/Gamble: David King
Repeated from 20th October 1989

19th March 1991:
20.55 :
Drama Now: Singing and Dancing in Kanpur by David Mowat.
The nautch-house in Northern Indian towns was a place where men enjoyed the popular music form Nautanki, and the favours of the young female singers.
The play shows the girls' determination to survive.
Director Peter Kavanagh
Banu: Sita Ramamurthy
Nimmi: Mamta Kaash
Ara: Rita Wolf
Baksh: Maohav Sharma
Ashwat: Tariq Yunus
Mehta: Bhasker*
Shalfvoz: Heather Emmanuel
Coach: Gauri Bapat
Tabla: V Chandran
Voices: David Bannerman
Singers: Barathi Sethi
Singers: Bharati Sethia
[ *the actor was then known by this single name. Real name Bhasker Patel ]
Repeated on Radio 4 on 12th July 1992.

22nd March 1991:
21.45 :
Upon Life: 3: Regicide by Jack Emery compiled from contemporary transcripts.
The last of three 17th-century trials: The trial of Major- General Thomas Harrison at the Old Bailey in October 1660 - being one of those who sentenced King Charles I to death.
Director Martin Jenkins
Thomas Harrison: John Rowe
Orlando Bridgeman: Paul Daneman
Edward Turner: Jim Norton
Hineage Finch: Michael Cochrane
Denzil Holies: Norman Jones
Court clerk: Christopher Good
Sir Thomas Allen: David King
George Pickering: Ian Lindsay
John Lisle: Danny Schiller
Clark: Brian Miller
Nutley: James Greene
Lord Newburgh: Michael Kilgarriff
Farrington: Alfred Hoffman
Reporter: Christian Rodska
Other parts played by members of the cast.

24th March 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Kings - by Christopher Logue.
An account of Books 1 and 2 of Homer's Iliad.
In the ninth year of the war, the Greeks are still outside the walls of Troy. Achilles and Agamemnon quarrel over a slave girl and the gods, with pitiless caprice, intervene and so change the destinies of heroes and host, armies and cities.
"It was so quiet in Heaven that you could hear
The north wind pluck a chicken in Australia."
Music Donald Fraser.
Director Liane Aukin
Performer: Christopher Logue
Repeated on 2nd February 1992.
[Christopher Logue (1926 - 2011) (pseudonym Count Palmiro Vicarion) worked from 1959 on his contemporary version of Homer's Iliad, unfinished at his death. He added new material and modern references were made eg lipstick and the Uzi gun. His incomplete Iliad series was published as five books of poetry. Kings, although dealing with Books 1 and 2 of the Iliad, was the second of Logue's Iliad poetry collections published, in 1991.]
[ It was the radio producer Donald Carne-Ross's invitation to reimagine The Iliad for BBC radio that set Logue on the journey of creativity that was to be his principal legacy. Logue used existing translations.]

26th March 1991:
21.05 :
Drama Now: Seize the Fire written by Tom Paulin
When Prometheus seizes the fire of ideas and threatens to give it to the humans, Zeus, fearing the loss of power, binds him for all eternity.
Music written and performed by David Byers.
Niall Keatley (boy soprano / treble)
Director Eoin O'Callaghan
BBC Northern Ireland
Prometheus: Gerard Murphy
Oceanus: Liam O'Callaghan
Hermes: Des Cave
Hephaestus: Louis Rolston
Violence: Lalor Roddy
Power: Mark Mulholland
Chorus: Eileen Pollock
Chorus: Brigid Erin Bates
Io: Zara Turner
Repeated from 31st March 1990

29th March 1991:
22.00 :
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake, Abridged/dramatised by: Claire Randall
Introduced by: Professor Marilyn Butler
Music: Roger Limb
Producer: Piers Plowright
Blake: Nicky Henson
Devil: Richard Pearce
Devil: Jane Wittenshaw
Devil: Nigel Carrington
Devil: Emma Gregory
Devil: Elizabeth Mansfield (singer)
Ezekiel: Michael Kilgarriff
Isaiah: James Greene
Angel: Tara Dominick
Repeated 29th June 1992.

31st March 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Carver, by John Purser.
Set in the mid-16th century; the play contrasts the radiance of Robert Carver 's music with the earthiness of his character and the destructive force of the reformation. Music: Taverner Consort, musical director Andrew Parrott.
Director Stewart Conn
Carver: Tom Fleming
Margaret: Ann Ekristen
Armourer: Iain Agnew
Isabel: Hilary MacLean
Alan Richardson: Benny Young
Marie de Guise: Anne Lacey
James V: James Bryce
Davie: Kenneth Glenaan
Alex Kyd: Paul Hickey
Stevie: Gary Bakewell
Peter: Stevie Hannan
James: Stuart Bowman
Repeated 8th December 1991
[Carver won the New York International Radio Festival Gold Medal for Stewart Conn in 1991 in the Specialist Drama category, and it also won a Giles Cooper Award in 1991 for the script and was published by Methuen along with the other award-winners of that year (the final year of the award due to poor book sales).]

2nd April 1991:
21.10 :
Drama Now: Christianity at Glacier by Halldor Laxness. Translated from the Icelandic by Magnus Magnusson and dramatised by Robert Ferguson.
The Bishop's emissary has been sent to find out why the church has been nailed up, but he discovers The Sagas, Paganism, Cosmobiology and Jules Verne have more relevance than church-bound Christianity.
Music: Malcolm Clarke.
Director Janet Whitaker
Bishop's emissary: Mike Grady
Pastor Jon: Denys Hawthorne
Woman: Elizabeth Bell
Mundi Mundasson: Gordon Sterne
Jodinus Elfrock: Joe Dunlop
Helgi: Michael Graham Cox
Miss Pestle-Thora: Joan Matheson
Saknussem the Second: Peter Craze
Repeated from 23rd February 1990

7th April 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Don Quixote by Cervantes, adapted by Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn.
'Human beings are supposed to help each other'- that's what Don Quixote means by chivalry but he doesn't get it quite right....
Music by: Tony Bremner
Director: Jane Morgan
Don Quixote: Paul Scofield
Sancho Panza: Bob Hoskins
Well-spoken gentleman: Geoffrey Whitehead
Sanson Carasco: Jonathan Cullen
Padre Perez: Carlos Douglas
Antonia: Petra Markham
Housekeeper: Elizabeth Kelly
Teresa Panza: Jane Whittenshaw
Duke: Terence Edmond
Duchess: Jenny Howe
Maid: James Simmons
Cardenio: Andrew Wincott
Dorotea: Emma Gregory
First innkeeper: Norman Jones
Farmer: David Bannerman
Pedro: Ben Onwukwe
Driver of the lion: Alan Barker
Stableboy: Stephen Garlick
Repeated 25th December 1991

10th April 1991:
21.00 :
Drama Now: A Meeting in Valladolid by Anthony Burgess
1606: a 'perpetual peace treaty' is being negotiated between the newly united British and Spanish.
Music composed by Philip Pickett and performed by the New London Consort.
Director Walter Acosta
Shakespeare: Robert Glenister
Richard Baring: Jonathan Oliver
Cervantes: Miguel Penaranda
Don Manuel: Brett Usher
Lope de Vega: Stephen Thorne
Earl of Rutland: William Simons
Jack Rice: Valentine Pelka
Robert Armin: Stephen Garlick
Bishop of Valladolid/sir Philip Spender: Norman Jones
Anne Shakespeare/Susanna Hall: Petra Markham
Dr Guzman/Dr John Hall: Timothy Carlton
The EBU and BBC commissioned this play which is being transmitted simultaneously across Europe in ten languages.
Repeated on Radio 3 on 14th January 1992.

14th April 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
Director Richard Imison
Marcus Brutus: Michael Maloney
Caius Cassius: Clive Merrison
Mark Antony: Gerard Murphy
Julius Caesar: Paul Daneman
Casca: Gary Waldhorn
Portia: Emily Richard
Calpurnia: Jo Kendall
Flavius/Strato: John Gabriel
Marullus/Lucilius: David Goudge
Soothsayer: Godfrey Kenton
Lucius, Brutus's servant: Paul Downing
Trebonius: Joe Dunlop
Decius Brutus/Messala: Peter Howell
Octavius Caesar: Charles Simpson
Young Cato: Stephen Garlick
Titinius: John Bull
Cicero/Clitus: Michael Graham Cox
Pindarus: Ben Onwukwe
Repeated from 30th September 1990
[Imison had an interest in Caeser: In 1969 Richard Imison wrote five plays for Radio 4 (or one play in five parts) based upon Phyllis Bentley's 1936 novel "Freedom Farewell" on the life of Caeser, repeated 1977.]

16th April 1991:
21.30 :
Drama Now: A Pig's Whisper by Dave Dick.
In Coronation year, when she was a young girl, Anne rowed her mother through flooded streets towing the carcass of a drowned pig. So many years have passed but what has been achieved?
Director Jeremy Mortimer
Anne............: Ann MitchelL
Anne as a child : Abigail Docherty
Anne's mother : Janet Key
Her grandmother.: Polly James
Her father... : Michael Graham Cox
Her son.........: Stephen Garlick
Mrs La-Di-Da : Marcia King
Repeated from 30th January 1990

21st April 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: In the Native State by Tom Stoppard.
Set in two places and periods: India in 1930 and England in the present day.
Excerpt from Up the Country by Emily Eden read by Auriol Smith.
Director John Tydeman
Mrs Swan: Peggy Ashcroft
Flora Crewe, her elder sister: Felicity Kendal
Nirad Das, an Indian painter: Sam Dastor
Anish Das, his son: Lyndam Gregory
Rajah: Saeed Jaffrey
David Durance: Simon Treves
Mr Pyke, an editor: William Hootkins
Coomaraswami: Renu Setna
The Resident: Brett Usher
Nazrul: Amerjit Deu
Francis Swan: Mark Straker
Nell: Emma Gregory
Repeated 4th June 1991 and 1st January 1992
Repeated on Radio 4 on 31st August 1992.
Repeated in two parts on BBC World Service 28/2/93 and 7/3/1993.
[Note: Felicity Kendal grew up in India]

23rd April 1991:
21.40 :
Drama Now: The Temptation of Dr William Fosters by by Elaine Feinstein
Dr Fosters is a molecular biologist whose laboratory is running out of funds ...
Music by John Harle.
Musicians: John Harle, Alastair Gavin, Mario Castronari (Bass), Paul Clarvis (percussion).
Director Penny Gold
Lucifer Jordan: Paul Jones
Dr Fosters: Edward Petherbridge
Hetty: Joanna David
Scientists: Ronald Herdman
Scientists: Timothy Carlton
Gwen: Petra Markham
Laboratory director: James Greene
Chauffeur: Colin McFarlane
Technicians: Joanna Myers
Technicians: Alan Barker
Bank manager: James Simmonds
Sir Joshua: Fraser Kerr
Gordon: Richard Pearce
Repeated 28th January 1992

28th April 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: When We Dead Awaken by Henrik Ibsen. Translated and adapted by Robert Ferguson.
A celebrated sculptor returns to Norway with his young wife and confronts Irene, the tormented model of his masterpiece.
Music Ilona Sekacz
Director Ned Chaillet
Professor Rubek: Paul Scofield
Irene: Cheryl Campbell
Maja: Imogen Stubbs
Squire Ulfheim: Jon Strickland
Superintendent: Terence Edmond
Nun: Joanna Myers
Lars: Alan Barker
Miss Kieland: Joanna Myers
Baroness: Danielle Allan
[John Tydeman produced an earlier version in 1969, repeated 1973]

30th April 1991:
21.55 :
Drama Now: Easy Traumas by Tina Pepler
Mourners standing near an open grave suddenly start singing, 'Yes, we have no bananas'. Caster Sugar and Pollux, the not-quite earthly representatives of the Easy Traumas Agency did it for the late Edith. Now they want to do it for
Barney Stone and his wife Wilma. But will Barney and Wilma let them ...
Director Shaun MacLoughlin
Pollux: Steve Hodson
Caster Sugar: Deborah Makepeace
Wilma: Liz Goulding
Barney: Christian Rodska
Radio Announcer/Yorick/The Minister/Giorgio/So-so/Lemur: Bill Wallis
Andreas/Betty/Chip Shop Man/Mourner.: John Baddeley
Mourner: Auriol Smith
Repeated 12th May 1992

5th May 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Kingdom of Crows and Carrion by David Calcutt.
The collection of Welsh stories known as The Mabinogion is a masterpiece of medieval European literature. But its roots lie in far older Celtic myth. The play delves deep into this rich material to dramatise the eternal struggle between male and female.
Music composed and performed by John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris
Director Nigel Bryant
Cerridwen: Mary Wimbush
Gwydion: Steve Hodson
Lieu: Kim Wall
Arawn: Okon Jones
Pwyll: Duncan Law
His servant: Graham Colclough
Rhiannon: Sara Mair Thomas
Pryderi: Neal Foster
Aranrhod: Susan Jeffrey
Math: Graham Padden
Blodeuedd: Kathryn Hurlbutt
Gronw Pebyr: Peter Meakin

7th May 1991:
21.45 :
Drama Now: Bobbity's Journey by Robert Carver.
Contemplating the modern world sightlessly, the distinguished English poet 'Bobbity' Reiver muses on his past from his Mediterranean villa. But a mysterious visitor launches him on a reckless personal odyssey in search of absolution.
Director Stuart Kerr
'Bobbity' Reiver: Norman Rodway
Young Bobbity: Richard Stirling
Lucinda: Margaret Robertson
Imelda: Caroline Gruber
Priscilla: Barbara Atkinson
Dr Frank Felton: Ron Berglas
'Blacky' Hargreaves: Richard Pearce
Reardon: Graham Seed
Clough-Jones: Ian Targett
Sergeant: Richard Tate
Corp Strickland: Dominic Rickhards
Direttore: Frank Coda
Assistant: Gino Principato
Priest: Michael Deacon
Waiter: David Goodland
Nurse: Loraln Bertorelli
Stretcher bearers: Ian Michie
Stretcher bearers: Philip Sully
Repeated from 31st January 1989.

12th May 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Pravda by Howard Brenton and David Hare.
Lambert Le Roux is a South African media tycoon of tremendous power. He is also a monster manipulating all, including Fleet Street.
Adapted and directed by Richard Wortley
Lambert Le Roux: Anthony Hopkins
Eaton Sylvester: Bill Nighy
Andrew May: Robert Glenister
Rebecca Foley: Suzanne Burden
Eliot Fruit Norton: Frederick Treves
Sir Stamford Foley: Garard Green
Bill Smiley: Stephen Tompkinson
Donna Le Roux: Jane Whittenshaw
Harry Morrison: David King
Hamish McLennan: Brian Miller
Michael Quince, MP: Christopher Good
Dennis Payne: Vincent Brimble
Bishop of Putney: James Greene
Leander Scroop: Simon Treves
DougFanton: Danny Schiller
Moira Patterson: Elizabeth Kelly
Larry Punt: Nicholas Gilbrook
Hannon Spot: Michael Kilgarriff
Bert: Ben Onwukwe
Cartoonist: Christopher Barritt
Repeated from 28th September 1990

14th May 1991
22.20 :
Drama Now: The Last Cut of All by David Brett.
Somewhere in Eastern Europe, a multi-million-dollar film is being shot. But there's no script, no common language, it's over budget and the director wants to hire a division of the Yugoslav army Director Clive Brill
Anderson: Andrew Wincott
Kassapian: David Sinclair
Ildiko: Sophie Walkiewicz-Slav
Ivanov: Brett Usher
Barney/Voice over: Kerry Shale
Serena: Joanna Myers
Yasugara: John Shin
Thomas: Christopher Godwin
Corporal: Ronald Herdman
Max: Eric Loren
Benjie: Shaun Prendergast
Russian: Jeff Rawle
Yorkshire lass: Jenny Howe
Man with laugh: Ian Lindsay
[It is worth searching out all the tales about the 1970/71 film Waterloo in which 17,000 Soviet army members were filmed and several languages were used on set.]

19th May 1991:
19.00 - 22.25: Sunday Play: Emperor and Galilean by Henrik Ibsen, Translated by Michael Meyer, Adapted by Casper Wrede and Amund Hannlngstad
Drama in two parts (part 2 follows part 1) in which Julian seeks to embody in himself a kingdom combining Christian ethics with a joy of living.
1: Caesar's Apostasy 2: Emperor Julian
Music by Christos Pittas
Choral direction Blaise Compton
Director Martin Jenkins
Julian: Robert Glenister
Maximus, the mystic: Timothy West
Emperor Constantius: Keith Drinkel
Eusebia, his wife: Sue Broomfield
Helena, his sister: Kathryn Hurlbutt
Gallus, Julian's half-brother: Peter Gunn
Gregor: David Timson
Basilios: Paul Downing
Agathon: Charles Simpson
Sallust: Stephen Tompkinson
Eutherius: Garard Green
Oribases: Norman Bird
Libanius/Decentius: Hugh Dickson
Hekebolius/Florentius: Brett Usher
Eunapius/Severus: David King
Laipso/Fokion: Stephen Garlick
Sintula/Fruit seller: Dale Rapley
Memnon/Varro: Ben Onwukwe
Spirit voice: Tara Dominick
Myrrha: Marcia King
Christian woman: Elizabeth Mansfield
Dancing girl: Jane Whittenshaw
Publia: Margot Boyd
Bishop Maris: John Moffatt
Jovian: Nigel Anthony
Nevita: David King
Ammian: Joe Dunlop
Anatolus: Nicholas Gilbrook
Priskos: John Moffatt
Numa: Danny Schiller
Kytron: James Greene
Makrina: Helena Breck
Persian officer: John Bennett
Repeated from 30th March 1990.
There have been earlier versions- including an abbreviated one in 1924 on 5SC.

21st May 1991:
20.50 :
Drama Now: Lenny Bruce in Bondi by Anthony George
How far will a comedian go to gain notoriety? How far will a journalist go to get a story?
Director Nigel Bryant
Sammy Lee: John Bluthal
Gerry Webster: Terry Molloy
Ann Perkins: Jane Slavin
Debbie: Kathryn Hurlbutt
Arnold: Graham Padden
Alan/Gil Perkins: David Vann
Malcolm: Andrew Wincott
Repeated from 27th February 1990

26th May 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Gray.
Adapted by Richard Wigmore
Blissfully unaware of the emotional crises that disrupt the lives of his fellow teachers, St John Quartermaine is the still - almost comatose - centre of the Cull-Loomis School of English for foreigners.
Director Gordon House
Quartermaine.:. Michael Williams
Henry Windscape: Peter Jeffrey
Eddie Loomis: Robin Bailey
Melanie Garth: Marcia Warren
Mark Sackling: Nigel Anthony
Anita Manchip: Helena Breck
Derek Meadle: Jon Strickland
Repeated 24th November 1991.
(First broadcast on BBC World Service)
[Robin Bailey was in the stage production of the play in 1981]
[Peter Jeffrey was in the BBC2 tv production of this play in 1987]
[later, Maria Aitken directed a version of the play for Radio 4 in 2006, repeated 2009 ]

28th May 1991:
21.35 :
Drama Now: Show Me the Way, Ugly Angels by Nigel Baldwin.
Jack , who has a crisis at work and at home, is also writing the polytechnic pantomime. Perhaps the 'Ugly Angels' in it will show him the way.
Director Richard Wortley
Jack: Struan Rodger
Frances: Penny Downie
Sonia: Beverley Hills
Pinky: Shaun Prendergast
Perky: David King
Hypnotherapist: Brenda Kaye
Audience: Nicholas Gilbrook
Audience: Simon Treves
Audience: Ben Onwukwe
Audience: Elizabeth Mansfield
Repeated from 12th June 1990

2nd June 1991- No drama on Three today as the programming for the day was based on and from the US "Twin Cities"- at 19.30 "Theatre in Minneapolis-St Paul" was a 35 minutes sampling of the several theatres followed at 20.05 by "Live from the Ordway Theatre", a musical concert.

4th June 1991:
21.15 :
Drama Now: In the Native State by Tom Stoppard.
Set in two places and periods: India in 1930 and England in the present day.
Repeated from 21st April 1991- please refer to listing above.

9th June 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Pearl by John Arden (1930-2012).
'I find nowt now in the whole of England fit for the tip of my pen. We spoke once to the whole people. But these days we have rejected the home-spun jackets, the square-toed shoes, and the forthright word of the godly tradesmen. And by God, they've rejected us. There are those in Parliament have said openly they'd close down every playhouse if thf once attained full power. And I want them to attain full power.'
Set in England in the 1640s, the play concerns a young Irish political operative named Pearl, who, with playwright Tom Backhouse, attempts to sway the political climate in favour of the British Parliament, as part of a plan to achieve Irish sovereignty.
Music Stephen Boxer
Musicians of the Northern Renaissance Consort: Julian Drako (cornetto), John Turner (crumhorns, flutes, recorders), Ephraim Segerman (viols, cittern, lute), Bill Nickson (percussion), Stephen Boxer (psaltery, lyre, dulcimer)
BBC Manchester.
Director Alfred Bradley
Pearl: Elizabeth Bell
Mother Bumroll: Paula Tilbrook
Barnabas: David Mahlowe
Stage manager: John Jardine
Gideon Grip: Geoffrey Banks
Dr Sowse: Ronald Herdman
Grimscar: Peter Jeffrey
Backhouse: David Calder
Belladonna: Lynda Marchal
Duchess: Kathleen Helmi
Catso: Kenneth Alan Taylor
Katerina: Jane Knowles
Ahasuerus: Robert Morton
First broadcast on Radio 4 on 12th October 1976. Repeated 3rd July 1978.
Repeated on Radio 3 on 4th March 1979
[The play won a Giles Cooper Award in 1978]

11th June 1991:
20.55 :
Drama Now: It Never Rained in Them Days by Norman Smithson
Recalling summer holidays long gone- Tom's widow recalls their annual holidays at Falcon's Bay, and builds up a picture of Northern life as it seemed to them as the years passed by.
Narrator Henry Livings.
Producer: Alfred Bradley (1925-91)
Tom: Robert Wallace
His widow: Violet Carson
Mrs Jackson: Marion Dawson
John's wife: Juliet Cooke
Old man: Harry Markham
Bill Gull/Comedian: Bert Gaunt
First broadcast 10th May 1964, repeated 4th June 1964.
Also repeated on BBC Home Service 4 on 2nd August 1967.
[Violet Carson played Ena Sharples in 324 episodes of Coronation Street, between 1960-1980, she died in 1983]

13th June 1991:
The Gates of the Underworld by Jeremy Beadle.
A Fantasia for Radio, based on the writings of E T A Hoffmann.
Producer Anthony Sellors
E T A Hoffmann/Cllr Krespel/Kreisler: Angus Wright
Murr, the tom cat: Simon Treves
Young Hoffmann/Studiosus: Nigel Carrington
Foreman of builders: Andrew Wincott
Professor: Michael Turner
Society lady: Auriol Smith
Antonia: Emma Gregory
Coachman: James Simmons
Repeated 30th August 1991

16th June 1991:
21.55 :
A Family Affair by Alexander Ostrovsky,
Adapted by Nick Dear
Set in Moscow in 1850. This play looks at the business ethics, social climbing and family loyalties of the rising Russian middle classes.
Director Richard Buckham
Bolshov: Stratford Johns
Lazar: Michael Maloney
Lipochka: Amanda Root
Agrafena: Maggie Steed
Fominishna: Jo Kendall
Ustinya: Pauline Letts
Rispolozhensky: Julian Curry
First broadcast 3rd November 1989.

18th June 1991:
21.10 :
Drama Now: One Way or Another, by Leonard Sciascia (aka Leonardo Sciascia), dramatised by Frederick Bradnum.
Why does the Zafer Hermitage cater for 'special guests' and what are the real reasons for the 'spiritual exercises' under the direction of the enigmatic Don Gaetano? The painter is intrigued.
Director Glyn Dearman
Painter: Daniel Massey
Don Gaetano: John Moffatt
Scalambri: John Rye
Inspector: Malcolm Sinclair
Chef: Brian Miller
Fr Giuseppe: Godfrey Kenton
Fr Leonardo: Mark Straker
Minister: Ronald Herdman
Cardinal: Brett Usher
Also with: Timothy Bateson, Andrew Branch, Timothy Carlton, Malcolm Gerard, James Greene, Richard Pearce, Michael Turner, and Andrew Wincott

21st June 1991:
22.20 :
A Requiem for Aramis by Colin McLaren
repeated from 2nd January 1991 - see above.

23rd June 1991:
19.00 :
Sunday Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.
Lead singer Carol Grimes, other singers: Ronald Samm, Antonia Coker, Adjoa Andoh and Mark Bobb.
Composer/Musical Director Dominique Legendre
Musicians: Denis Rolins (trombone), Avelia Moisey (trumpet), Andy Grappy (tuba), Richard Agileye, Donald Gamble and Steve Henfrey (percussion) Dominique Legendre (synthesiser/guitar)
Producer/director Clive Brill
Helena: Susannah Harker
Hermia: Julia Ford
Lysander: James MacPherson
Demetrius: Stephen Tompkinson
Titania: Adjoa Andoh
Oberon: Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Puck: Emma Fielding
Bottom: Tony Armatrading
Theseus: John Carlisle
Quince: Jeff Rawle
Hippolyta: Katy Behean
Egeus: Roger Hammond
Flute: Richard Pearce
Snout: John Hollis
Snug: Charles Millham
Starveling: Roger Griffiths
Cobweb: Roger Griffiths
A Fairy: Melanie Nicholson
Mustardseed: Melanie Nicholson
Peaseblossom: Thelma Lawson
Repeated 12th January 1992

25th June 1991:
21.40 :
Drama Now: Blood Guilty by Antoine O'Flatharta.
When two young brothers posing as blanket sellers force their way into Pat and Dan's isolated cottage, a night of horror ensues.
Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Dan: Harry Towb
Pat: Seamus Forde
John: David Herlihy
Tom: Jim Bruton

30th June 1991:
19.30 - 21.15:
Sunday Play: The Cookham Resurrection by Peter Everett freely based on the biography by Maurice Collis.
"All my nudos, he says, the ones he does of me. will come together, in Cookham Meadow. dotted about like recumbent cows, with lots of black crows in the foreground."
A kaleidoscopic impression of the life, thought and works of the painter Stanley Spencer (1891-1959)
"Technical team": Leo Feord, Cedric Johnson, Jock Farrell, Lloyd Silverthorne, Enyd Clowes
Director Richard Wortley
Stanley Spencer: Donald Pleasence
Hilda: Freda Dowie
Dorothy: Cari Hedderwick
Patricia: Jane Knowles
Elsie: Emily Richard
Captain Childe: David Ryall
Landlady: Katherine Parr
Pa: Charles E Stidwill
Annie: Mary Clare Nash
Eliza: Susan Colgrave
Pryce-Jones: Geoffrey Matthews
Man: Nigel Anthony
Woman: Karen Archer
Nurse: Anne Jameson
First broadcast 11th May 1975 (time slot 1h 35m including a terminating "interlude"), repeated 22nd February 1976 (time slot 1h 45m).
A re-edited shorter version was broadcast 6th December 1976 (time slot 1h 15m)
[This programme won the 1976 Imperial Tobacco Award for the best feature. Its author, Peter Everett, was also given the premier Gold Award for the most outstanding contribution to radio writing. The producer. Richard Wortley, was given the award for outstanding radio direction for this programme and the play On a Day in Summer in a Garden.]

2nd July 1991:
19.05 :
Taking Us Up to Lunch by Peter Gibbs.
When a sporting hero assaults a venerated broadcaster on the air it is not 'nowt'! An incident in the commentary box cannot be ignored.
Written by Peter Gibbs.
Director Jane Morgan
Leslie: Peter Jeffrey
Frank: Bryan Pringle
Jimmy: Mark Wing-Davey
Norman: Terence Edmond
Repeated 9th August 1992

2nd July 1991:
21.00 :
Family Voices by Harold Pinter.
With Michael Kitchen and Mark Dignam Producer John Tydeman
Director Peter Hall
Voice 1 (son): Michael Kitchen
Voice 2 (mother): Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991)
Voice 3 (father): Mark Dignam
First broadcast 22nd January 1981
Repeated 19th February 1981, 22nd December 1987, 7th October 1990
[A different production by Justine Potter and Polly Thomas on 30/12/2006]

3rd July 1991:
19.05 :
The Ashes by Sue Townsend
The captain of the England team is going to be a father, but Louise is not his wife ...
Director Ned Chaillet
Louise: Robin Weaver
Bobby: Karen Archer
Dennis: Ronald Herdman
Rutter-King: Stephen Tompkinson
Hunterson: David Sinclair
Yvonne: Joanna Myers
Pug Wilson: Fraser Kerr
Also with Brian Johnston and Peter Barker.
Repeated 6th September 1992

4th July 1991:
19.05 :
I Always Take Long Walks by Peter Tinniswood.
A man addicted to cricket, his wife shares with us her private thoughts.
Producer John Tydeman
Wife: Judi Dench
Repeated 6th September 1992, also
Broadcast on BBC World Service 27th May 1993

4th July 1991:
21.20 :
A Right Royal Burglary by David Sullivan.
London, 1303 - the King is in Scotland and half the treasure of Westminster
Abbey has gone missing. Whodunit? A medieval sensation researched and dramatised from 14th-century documents.
Director Piers Plowright
[Production was recorded 2nd November 1990]
[Piers Plowright wrote an appreciation of David Sullivan (who died 9/7/15) in the Independent on 21st August 2015]

5th July 1991:
19.05 :
Herr Doktor Murke's Collected Silences
by Heinrich Boll. Dramatised by Alison Leonard.
A satire set in 1950s' Germany. Murke, a bright young radio producer, sets out to humiliate the formidable Bur-Malottke.
Director Paul Schlesinger
Murke: Simon Dormandy
Schmitz: Sylvester McCoy
Direktor: Dinsdale Landen
Bur-Malottke: David King
Krocky: Simon Treves
Wulla: Jane Whittenshaw
Repeated from 9th June 1990

7th July 1991:
19.30 :
Breaking the Silence by Stephen Poliakoff.
Repeated from 10th February 1991 - please see above.

9th July 1991:
22.00-22.25 :
In the Pine Forest by Duncan Bush.
Siberia , 1938: Bal has been imprisoned for his poetry - a dangerous art. Narrator David Burke

9th July 1991:
22.35-23.00 Are There Still Wolves in Pennsylvania? by Duncan Bush
Twenty years on, Wesley's memories of Vietnam are impossible to escape, either for himself or for his wife.
Director Alison Hindell
Wesley: William Hope
Linda: Shelley Thompson
Repeated from 23rd October 1990.

14th July 1991:
19.30-20.20 :
Anna and Marina, Half Nuns, Half Whores by Richard Crane
Akhmatova and Tsvetayeva, the great Russian poets, met once, in 1941. the play draws on their verse and letters to explore their meeting at a time of terrible danger.
Director Matthew Walters
Anna: Geraloine McEwan
Marina: Anna Massey
[Anna Ahkmatova 1889-1966. In 1946 Andrei Zhdanov publicly labelled her "half harlot, half nun", he banned her poems from publication in the journals Zvezda and Leningrad]
[Marina Tsvetaeva 1892-1941. Her husband was executed in 1941 and she killed herself.]

16th July 1991:
22.00 :
A Glass of Water by Lyudmila Petrushevskaya. Translated and adapted by Stephen Mulrine
The knock at the door heralds a visitor, unwelcome memories, and a struggle to hold on to what little the old woman has.
Director Hamish Wilson
Introduced By: Stephen Mulrine.
Old woman: Diana Olsson
Visitor: Gerda Stevenson

19th July 1991:
19.05 :
I Was Goethe's Fatter Half by Christine Bruckner
Translated and adapted by Tinch Minter and Anthony Vivis
Weimar society was outraged when Goethe married a working girl from Thuringia ... While 'her man' is away, Christiane goes visiting - at her peril.
Director Jeremy Mortimer
Christine: Gillian Barge
Repeated 9th November 1991.

21st July 1991:
21.30 :
The Art of Success by Nick Dear.
The life, scabrous times and scatalogical imagination of the newly wed 18th-century artist and engraver
William Hogarth , as he mingles with playwrights, prostitutes, powerful politicians and a condemned murderess.
Director Richard Wortley
William Hogarth: Michael Kitchen
Jane Hogarth: Robin Weaver
Harry Fielding: Linus Roache
Frank/Gaoler: Brett Usher
Oliver: Simon Russell Beale
Mrs Needham: Irene Sutcliffe
Louisa: Sally Dexter
Sarah Sprackling: Penny Downie
Sir Robert Walpole: Ronald Herdman
Queen Caroline: Ann Windsor
Drummer girl: Jane Whittenshaw
Repeated 29th November 1992.
First presented by the RSC in 1986 - winner of the 1986 John Whiting Award (awarded for a new and distinctive development in dramatic writing with particular relevance to contemporary society).

23rd July 1991:
20.50 :
Drama Now: The Machine by Tony Bagley.
At the beginning of the 17th century Ned Prynne invents a machine to record the human voice and fears the Church will accuse him of stealing souls.
Director Alec Reid
Ned Prynne: James Bolam
Rickard Cornford: Simon Treves
Tyler: Paul Nicholson
Blacktin: Stephen Sylvester
Heppenstall: Anthony Donovan
Petty Constable: David Bannerman
First broadcast 16th October 1990.
1990 Giles Cooper Award winner.

28th July 1991:
21.35 :
Sunday Play:
A Door Should Be Either Open or Shut by Alfred de Musset.
Translated by Karen Johnson and Tania Croft-Murray
The count finds himself once again paying an afternoon visit to the Marquise. Why? They don't get on. Unless there is other company she becomes angry and offhand and he invariably flies into a sulk. And meanwhile that door has been left ajar ...
Director Peter Kavanagh
Count: Ronald Pickup
Marquise: Maureen O'Brien

30th July 1991:
21.50 :
Drama Now: Death and the Tango by John Fletcher
Byron and Jeff are two young men with obsessions: the tango and Renaissance philosophy. Modern-day Birmingham has little to offer tango dancers and neo-Platonists, but our two heroes soon find themselves on the journey of their dreams.
Music composed and performed by Vic Gammon Director Nigel Bryant
Jeff: Steve Hodson
Byron: Christian Rodska
Old Loretta: Mary Wimbush
Instructors: Roger Hume
Instructors: Christopher Scott
Celia/Grace: Maureen O'Brien
Tango contestant: Judy Bridgland
Repeated from 18th September 1990
Giles Cooper Award winner (one of 5 "Best Radio Plays of 1990" sponsored by Methuen who published an annual book 1978-1992) and Sony Award Nomination for Best Drama Production in 1990.

4th August 1991:
22.10 :
Sunday Play: Don't Play with Love by Alfred de Musset. Translated by Michael Sadler.
The Baron looks forward to his son Perdican's return from university in Paris. He desperately hopes to marry him to his cousin and childhood sweetheart Camille. But Camille has different ideas.
Director Peter Kavanagh
Baron: Robert Lang
Camille: Sophie Thompson
Blazius: Ronald Herdman
Bridaine: Michael Deacon
Perdican: Stephen Tompkinson
Rosette: Danielle Allen
Pluche: Elizabeth Kelly
Peasant: David Bannerman
Chorus: Auriol Smith,
Chorus: Stephen Garlick
Chorus: Ben Onwukwe
Also with Sue Broomfield, Mary Allen,

6th August 1991:
21.40 :
Drama Now: Snow White's Apple by Derek Lister.
Oscar White is a radio news reporter whose pocket recorder starts talking back to him.
Director Jane Morgan
Martin Jarvis: Oscar White
Harriet: Julia Hills
Bridges: Brian Miller
Tessa White: Lisa Coleman
Zosia: Ania Marson
Otis: Ben 0nwukwe
Tramp: Christopher Scott
Mark: David Bannerman
Repeated from 14th August 1990

11th August 1991:
21.35-23.35 :
Sunday Play: The Golden Ass
Taken from The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius. Dramatised by Peter Mackie
In this comedy Lucius is turned into an ass by a misplaced spell, the Goddess Isis brings him to his destiny..
Director Philip Martin
Lucius: Richard Griffiths
Charite: Claire Faulconbridge
Granny: Gillian Goodman
Fotis: Charlotte Martin
Thrasyllus: Terry Molloy
Barbarus: Andy Hockley
Babalus: Hu Pryce
Thyasus: Geoff Serle
Aristomenes: Tim Brierley
Demochares: Alan Meadows
Diophanes: Richard Allenson
Chrysems: Rob Swinton
Pamphile: Avril Clark
Other parts played by the cast.
First broadcast 30th October 1987.
Repeated 11th July 1993.

13th August 1991:
21.35 :
Drama Now: Divine Comedies: 1: Purgatory by Marcy Kahan
Three very different people meet in purgatory, and discover that the hereafter isn't quite what they imagined.
Director Marilyn Imrie
Sadie Potemkin: Miriam Karlin
Braithwaite McDougal: Bill Paterson
Ace: Stuart Milligan
Voice/Old woman: Auriol Smith

18th August 1991:
21.45 :
Sunday Play: Cupid and Psyche
from The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius, Dramatised by Peter Mackie.
Cupid falls in love with the beautiful mortal Psyche and causes the wrath of his mother Venus.
Producer Philip Martin
Cupid: David Learner
Psyche: Claire Faulconbridge
Venus: Kate O'Mara
Pleasure: Melanie Revill
Panthia: Patricia Gallimore
Byrrhaena: Hedli Niklaus
Priest: Andy Hockley
King: David Vann
Repeated 18th July 1993

20th August 1991:
21.40 :
Drama Now: Figure with Meat by Craig Warner.
When Colin died he was thinking of his favourite painting, Francis Bacon 's portrait of a laughing cardinal surrounded by carcasses of meat. But will Colin become one of those carcasses?
Original songs composed by Craig Warner.
Musical direction and additional composition Stuart Gordon.
Gospel pianist Will Gregory.
Director Andy Jordan
Older woman: Judy Parfitt
Miss Penfold: Lynsey Baxter
Colin: Cuve Merrison
Malcolm: Alan Marriott
Pope/God: Brett Usher
Ghost: Joanna Myers
Mr Analby/Solomon: Alan Barker
Plato/Noah: Ronald Herdman
Cardinal: Paul Cresswell
Repeated on 7th January 1992

25th August 1991:
21.50 :
Sunday Play: The Daughter-in-Law, by David Lawrence.
Marital conflict and motherly love. A miners' strike in a Nottinghamshire village in 1912.
Director Michael Fox
Minnie: Samantha Bond
Luther: Bill Nighy
Mrs Gascoigne: Ann Rye
Joe Gascoigne: Colin Kerrigan
Mrs Purdy: Avril Elgar
Repeated from 5th January 1990.
(There was also another radio version of this play directed by Alfred Bradley, 1967)

27th August 1991:
21.35 :
Drama Now: Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven by John Mortimer.
Lewis Luby , a lecturer and authority on Byron, is at one moment enjoying British Council sherry in an Italian palazzo and the next moment somewhere entirely different....
Director John Tydeman
Lewis Luby: John Gielgud
Tommy Fletcher: Peter Woodthorpe
Miss Waterlow: Madi Hedd
Dr Benjamini: Robert Rietty
Sophie: Hana-Maria Pravda
English guide: Leslie Heritage
French guide: Gilles Dattas
Italian guide: Leonardo Pierroni
German guide: Michael Wolf
Japanese guide: Yasuko Nagazumi
Jennifer: Deborah Paige
Her mother: Norma Ronald
Her father: Michael Shannon
Nun: Gigi Gatti
First broadcast 19th February 1976
Repeated 12th August 1976, also repeated on Radio 4: 15th September 1984, 1st February 1986, also repeated on BBC7.
(There was also another version of this play on Radio 4 on 31/12/2008 with Jeremy Irons as Lewis, director Jeremy Mortimer)

30th August 1991:
21.30 :
The Gates of the Underworld.
Repeated from 13th June 1991- please see above.

1st September 1991:
21.30 :
Sunday Play: The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney.
A new version of Sophocles's "Philoctetes". Abandoned for ten years on an uninhabited island and obsessed by the wounds of the past, Philoctetes is forced to decide what is more important: his need for revenge or a possible future.
Music Donal Lunny
Director Pam Brighton
Philoctetes: Stephen Rea
Neoptolemus: Brendan Gleeson
Odysseus: Ian McElhinney
Chorus: Anna Healy
Watrhman: Lalor Roddy
Merchant: John Hewitt
Repeated 25th July 1993.

8th September 1991
22.05 :
Sunday Play: Medea: A new version by Brendan Kennelly.
When magical Medea is betrayed by Jason for whom she has won the Golden Fleece, the result is vengeful and bloody.
Music David Byers
Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Medea: Harriet Walter
Chorus: Annette Crosbie
Creon: Nigel Anthony
Jason: Nickolas Grace
Nurse: Maxine Audley
Aegeus: Maurice Denham
Teacher: Garard Green
Messenger: Alan Barker
Repeated 5th July 1992.

10th September 1991:
21.40 :
Drama Now: Auction by Jean Binnie.
She's a working class cellist, he's a snobbish art dealer. He hates her for messing up his thick white carpets, she hates him for looking down his nose at her. A different kind of love story.
Ruth Smith (cello)
Director Michael Fox
Sandy: Julia Ford
Christopher: Nick Dunning
Repeated on 4th February 1992

15th September 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Sweeney Astray by Seamus Heaney.
A story of the Warrior King, who, in his flight from the new Christian morality, transmogrifies into a bird and goes astray in the wilderness.
Music by David Byers
Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Sweeney: Stephen Rea
Ronan Finn: Gerard McSorley
Eorann: Stella McCusker
Moling/Alan: Denys Hawthorne
Repeated from 11th November 1990.

17th September 1991:
21.05 :
Drama Now: The Surprise Symphony by Guy Meredith
A satire on the world of classical music, which follows a European orchestral tour which catapults towards disaster as, one by one, the members of the orchestra die of very unnatural causes. Whodunnit? And why?
Alexander Balanescu (violin),
Dov Goldberg (clarinet), Roger Montgomery (horn), Bruce Nockles (trumpet)
Director Cherry Cookson
George: Norman Rodway
Lydia: Imelda Staunton
Alexis and all the other characters played by David Bannerman.
Repeated 2nd August 1992

22nd September 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West dramatised by Vincent McInerney.
Repeated from 6th January 1991, see above.

24th September 1991:
22.00 :
Drama Now: A Fool and His Heart by Sue Lenier
Geoffrey's got a dicky heart and is under doctor's orders to stay at home. He hates the idea. So does his wife. And his heart's none too thrilled either....
Director Alison Hindell
Geoffrey's heart: Brigit Forsyth
Geoffrey: John Biggins
Wendy: Ella Hood
Chris: Russell Gomer
Store manager: Robert David
Timmy: Erica Eirian

29th September 1991: No drama today, today was Mozart day, 10am to 11pm. 19.30 was Symphony 31.

1st October 1991:
21.15 - 22.50 :
Drama Now: The Streets of Pompeii by Henry Reed.
Set in 1952. Tourists, archaeologists and young lovers explore the ruins of Pompeii, only dimly aware of the brooding terror of the volcano.
Music by Anthony Smith-Masters .
Sidney Fell (solo clarinet) Orchestra directed by Patrick Savill
Producer/Director Douglas Cleverdon
Sibyl: Flora Robson
Traveller: Marlus Goring
Francesca: Rosalind Shanks
Attilio: Carlo Cura
Lizard: Carleton Hobbs
Judy: Hilda Kriseman
Margery: Deborah Dallas
Bill: Derek Seaton
Walter: David Spenser
Professor MacBride: Frank Duncan
Professor MacFarlane: John Laurie
Guide: Hector Ross
Merchant: Godfrey Kenton
His wife: Kathleen Helme
Old man: Malcolm Hayes
First broadcast 20th February 1970
First repeat 24th May 1970, then 4th March 1980,
An edited version of 75 mins was broadcast on Radio 4 15th November 1976.
(Beware confusion with an earlier production broadcast 16th March 1952 [rpt 19/3/52, 12/4/52, 25/4/53, 22/4/55, 24/4/55, 26/9/56, ] also with Flora Robson and Marius Goring and also produced by Douglas Cleverdon which otherwise had a differing cast eg: Attilion-Robert Rietty, Margery- Denise Bryer, Lizard-Carleton Hobbs etc.)

6th October 1991:
19.30-20.00 :
The Cliff of Time by Kobo Abbe. Translator Donald Keene
A boxer fights against the clock, to come to an understanding of himself.
Director Marilyn Imrie
Boxer: Clarence Smith
Voice: Terence Edmond
Boxer'sbody: Jimmy Batten

6th October 1991:
20.00-20.40 :
A Corpse with Feet by Minoru Betsuyaku
Translation Masako Yuasa
Director Alison Hindell
Woman: Nana Takahashi
Man: Eiji Kusuhara

7th October 1991:
21.50 - 22.00 :
The Tall Tale Seed
Translated by Don Kenny
Producer Ned Chaillet
Nephew: Mark Straker
Uncle: Terence Edmond
[Recording date 7th Sept 1991]
[Taken from the Japanese book "The Book of Kyogen", this translation published in Tokyo in 1986]

8th October 1991:
21.20 :
Drama Now: "Ezra" by Bernard Kops
A portrait of the poet Ezra Pound during the time he was imprisoned, pending trial for treason.
Director Cherry Cookson
Ezra Pound: Ian Holm
Dorothy Pound: Barbara Jefford
Benito Mussolini: John Turner
Antonio Vivaldi: John Carson
Claretta Petacci: Sarah Badel
[As a play the work is dated 1981.]

13th October 1991:
19.00-21.00 :
Yabuhara: The Blind Master Minstrel by Hisashi Inoue Translator/adaptor Marguerite Wells.
A bawdy comedy charting the rise of a blind minstrel to the top ranks of Japanese society.
Songs by Koichiro Uno
Additional music Mia Soteriou
Director Ned Chaillet
Storyteller: John Woodvine
Sugi no Ichi: Roger Allam
Oichi: Mia Soteriou
Also with David Bannerman, Ronald Herdman, Siriol Jenkins, Charles Millham, Joanna Myers, Margaret Shade, Susan Sheridan, Auriol Smith and Andrew Wincott.
(English language premiere)
Repeated 4th April 1993

14th October 1991:
The Monkey-Skin Quiver
Translated by Don Kenny
Producer Ned Chaillet
With Joanna Myers, Matthew Sim, Andrew Wincott and Alan Barker.
[Taken from the Japanese book "The Book of Kyogen", this translation published in Tokyo in 1986]

15th October 1991:
21.15 :
Drama Now: The Clerks by Rhys Adrian. "The business of being a clerk can sometimes become too much. The system begins to take over and ultimately it becomes an obsession which can lead to a break-up or break-down."
Director John Tydeman
Play By: Rhys Adrian.
Director: John Tydeman
Hugh: Hugh Burden
Freddie: Freddie Jones
Gerald: Gerald Cross
First broadcast 26th November 1978.
Repeated 2nd May 1979.
[Joint winner on the Prix Futura 1979- "a radio play which makes a constructive contribution to the understanding of tomorrow's world and the shaping of the future"]
[BBC Publications published the script and sold it for 95p including post and packing]

19th October 1991:
Tokai Bubble Tokyo 1991 Written by Stephen Henry Gill.
A portrait, in fragments, of the life of a 21-year-old Japanese girl living in the Tokai (city) bubble - that artificial floating world inside which life, love and time press on relentlessly.
Compiled from 1991 diary-entries, poems, letters, phone-calls and the sounds of the city.
Producer Piers Plowright
With Charlotte Coleman, Kazuko Hohki and Togolgawa.
Including the poems of Machi Tawara.

20th October 1991:
19.30-20.05: Primary Colours by Yukio Mishima. Translated By Don Kenny.
Ryoko loves her husband. She also loves his best friend Shunji. The eternal triangle is complicated when Shunji announces his love for Ryoko's husband.
Director: Jeremy Howe
Keiiji, the husband: Stevan Rimkus
Ryoko: Connie Hyde
Shunji: Peter Wingfield
Narrators: Eji Kufuhara
Narrators: Brett Usher

20th October 1991:
20.05-20.55: The Damask Drum (Aya No Tsuzumi) by Yukio Mishima. Translated by P G O'Neill.
Noh play about an obsessive love that transcends death.
Music: Dominic Muldowney
Director: Ned Chaillet
Iwakichi Honda: Nigel Stock
Hanako: Meg Davies
Proprietress: Anne Jameson
Kayoko: Natasha Pyne
Fujima: George Parsons
Toyama: David Learner
Kaneko: John Church
This production first broadcast 23rd May 1986, repeated 17th February 1987,
[Based upon an original Noh play with this name attributed to Seami Motokivo]
[There was a prior production of this Mishima version, in 1960, translated by Donald Keene and produced by David Thomson]
[ The original play, translated by Arthur Waley has been broadcast in two versions (1933- producer Howard Rose and 1960 - producer David Thompson.]

22nd October 1991:
20.55 :
Infinite Spaces by Adisakdh Tantimedh.
Charles Ashen, a ground-breaking post-modernist architect, is in the grip of a terminal disease. The Ashen Plaza in Los Angeles is his final mischievous statement: rooms take on their occupant's personality, changing shape and style and exploding when vacated. But as journalist Molly McGlan discovers, there's more to the building than just surprises.
Director Peter Kavanagh
Molly McGlan: Samantha Bond
Ed Lady: William Hope
Sir Ckarles Ashen: Charles Gray
Claire Madden: Emma Chambers
Pilot/Mark: Colin McFarlane
Woman guest: Irene Sutcliffe
[This is the only credit on BBC Genome for Adisakdh Tantimedh]

27th October 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Summer by Junji Kinoshita. Translated by Brian Powell.
The trial of Japanese war criminals portrays a young actress waiting for her former lover to be hanged.
Director Michael Fox
Tabosuke: Ellie Haddington
Kanokara: Wyllie Longmore
Kiyoko: Sue Jenkins
Man A: Ian Bartholomew
Man B: Martin Oldfield
Man C: Robert Whelan
Boy: Simon Batt
Lt Colonel: John Branwell
General: Geoffrey Banks
Lawyer: Russell Dixon
Sergeant: Malcolm Raeburn
Judge: Michael Boone
Islander: Christine MacKie
Prosecutor: Peter Wheeler
Captain: Richard Heap

29th October 1991:
21.25 :
Drama Now: A Meeting in Rome, by Michael Meyer.
In March 1884, the 35-year-old Swedish dramatist August Strindberg set off to meet the 56-year-old Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen in Rome.
Each was at a watershed in his career and at once admiring and critical of the other. How the conversation might have gone.
Director Andy Jordan
Narrator Michael Meyer
Henrik Ibsen: David Suchet
Suzannah Ibsen: Ann Mitchell
August Strindberg: Martin Shaw
Siri Von Essen: Kate Buffery

3rd November 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: The Father by August Strindberg. English version by Max Faber.
The 1971 production
The action focuses on two consecutive winter evenings in the Captain's sitting-room towards the end of the last century.
Director John Tydeman
Captain: Trevor Howard
Laura, hiswife: Peggy Ashcroft
Bertha: Elizabeth Proud
Nurse: Grizelda Hervey
Pastor: Rolf Lefebvre
Dr Oestermark: Denys Hawthorne
Nojd, a servant: Kerry Francis
Svard, a batman: Leslie Heritage
First broadcast 25th April 1971, repeated 1st August 1971
Repeated on Radio 4 on 20th March 1972, 1st February 1988

5th November 1991:
21.30-22.25 Drama Now: Four short works, only one named (Der Kindling) and that was a "hip hop oratorio" possibly in German.

9th November 1991: 22.15-22.40 : I Was Goethe's Fatter Half, repeated from 19th July 1991, please see above.

10th November 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. Adapted for radio by Michael Michaelian from his own stage play.
George explores his feeelings as a middle-aged English homosexual, living alone and teaching in America, following the death of his lover.
Director Glyn Dearman
George: Alec McCowen
Charley: Rosemary Martin
Jim: William Gaminara
Kenny: Neil Roberts
Doris: Liza Ross
Mrs Strvnk: Valerie Colgan
Andy: Angelo Gibson
Cynthia: Bonnie Hurren
Rick: Michael Morris
Nurse: Jane Whittenshaw

12th November 1991:
21.15 :
Drama Now: The Life and Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini by Michel Azama. Translated and adapted by Caroline Behr
Pasolini: the Italian film maker, poet, homosexual, and political activist whose mutilated body was found on a beach near Rome on All Souls' Night 1975. Italians loved him or loathed him. But who murdered him, and why?
Director Jeremy Howe
Pasolini: Alfred Molina
Giuseppe Pelosi: Dexter Fletcher
NinettoDavoli: Richard Pearce
Judge: Denys Hawthorne
Lawyer: Graham Callan
Psychiatrist: Christian Rodska
Sanctis: John Telfer
Pagiuccia/Public Prosecutor: Clive Mantle
Reporter: Robert Portall

17th November 1991:
19.30-21.05 :
Sunday Play: The Film Society. Written by J R Baitz.
Adapted by Gordon House.
Blenheim School for Boys is a decaying South African public school on the verge of bankruptcy. The headmaster is beset by staff problems, and his assistant is dying of cancer. Meantime Jonathon Balton, son of the school's founder, immerses himself in his beloved Film Society.
Director: Gordon House
Jonathon Balton: Nigel Anthony
Terry Sinclair: Jack Klaff
Neville Sutter: Graham Crowden
NanSinclair: Sunny Ormonde
Mrs Balton: Mary Wimbush
Hamish Fox: John Burgess
(First broadcast on the BBC World Service, 27th January 1991 with a short interval for the news summary)

19th November 1991:
22.45 :
Drama Now: Dora: A Case of Hysteria by Kim Morrissey.
A black comedy which re-examines the real-life case history of Freud's patient, Dora, brought to him by her father for analysis because of her symptons of "hysteria".
Director Cherry Cookson
Freud: Clive Merrison
Dora: Lesley Sharp
Papa: Edward Desouza

24th November 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Gray. Adapted by Richard Wigmore
Director Gordon House
Repeated from 26th May 1991 - please see above.

26th November 1991:
21.25 :
Drama Now: Sailing with Columbus by Neil Rhodes.
A spiritual journey to the southern tip of India leaves young Charles split between family duty and self-fulfilment.
Director Richard Wortley
Charles: David Morrisey
Gwen, his wife: Elaine Claxton
His father: Geoffrey Whitehead
Michael, a fellow student: Angus Wright
On the boat: Mullins: Brett Usher
Reed: Timothy Bateson
Emma: Jane Whittenshaw

1st December 1991:
19.30-20.35 :
Sunday Play: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer.
Producer David Spenser
Director Peter Hall
Antonio Salieri: Paul Scofield
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Simon Callow
Constanze Mozart: Felicity Kendal
Joseph II: John Normington
Gottfried, Baron Van Sweilen: Nicholas Selby
Count Franz Orsini Rosenberg: Willoughby Goddard
Johann Kilian Von Strack: Basil Henson
Venticelli: Donald Gee
Venticelli: Dermot Crowley
Citizens of Vienna: Nigel Bellairs, Susan Gilmore, Peggy Marshall, Robin Meredith, Anne Sedgwick, William Sleigh, Glenn Williams.
First broadcast 23rd January 1983, repeated 10th November 1983.
[Felicity Kendal, Paul Scofield, and Simon Callow were in the 1979 theatre production]
[The play was filmed as Amadeus in 1984 with Simon Callow; there was also a Romanian TV movie made in 1984 which was screened in the USA]

3rd December 1991:
21.20 :
Drama Now: Maybe
A sort of monologue by Louise Doughty , which was a winner in the 1990 Radio Times Drama Awards.
Mr Rees has killed his wife. A very English murder in a very English village in a very English summer. But all is not quite what it seems.
Director Alan Drury
With David Bannerman and Natasha Pyne.
Repeated 28th April 1992

8th December 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Carver by John Purser.
Repeated from 31st March 1991 - see above.

10th December 1991:
20.55 :
Drama Now: Where the Boys Are by Maurice Leitch.
The boys are together again for an evening of humour and nostalgia. But tribal rituals can be dangerous....
Mary Nash (piano)
Director Penny Gold
Moss: T.P. McKenna
Terry : Sean Barrett
Kate: Susan Fleetwood
Wilbur: Des McAleer
Mrs Trumper: Anna Cropper
Mr Polson-Browne: John Gabriel
Mrs Polson-Browne: Margaret Courtenay
Repeated from 13th February 1990.
[Not related to the films of the same name]

15th December 1991- no Sunday Play, the evening was occupied with a live performance of Mozart's version of The Messiah.

17th December 1991:
20.45 :
Drama Now: Advice to Eastern Europe by Richard Nelson.
The barriers between East and West have fallen to open up a future of economic and artistic ambitions for Eastern Europe. Helena comes to England with a project from her famous and officially oppressed father, a film director, only to meet a love-smitten American script editor who fled his country for different reasons.
Director Ned Chaillet
Paul: Colins Tinton
Helena: Edita Brychta
Peter: Simon Treves
Gerald: Oliver Cotton
Receptionist: Tara Dominick
Clerk: Joanna Myers
Waiter: Andrew Wincott
Busker: John Bull
Reader: Jenny Howe
Repeated from 27th December 1990.

22nd December 1991:
19.30 :
Sunday Play: Design for Living by Noel Coward.
A comedy of sexual manners in which three people design a relationship which flouts society's rules.
Jimmy Hardwick (piano)
Director Ned Chaillet
Gilda: Cheryl Campbell
Otto: Alex Jennings
Leo: Michael Kitchen
Ernest Friedman: James Laurenson
Grace Torrence: Linda Marlowe
Miss Hodge/Helen: Joanna Myers
Henry Carver: Bradley Lavelle
Mr Birbeck: Alan Barker
Repeated 20th December 1992.
[Other radio production, director Ian Cottrell, Leo played by Martin Jarvis: Radio 4 : 27/12/1976, repeated 2nd January 1977, 30/12/1983]

25th December 1991:
Don Quixote repeated from 7th April 1991- see above.

29th December 1991:
19.30-22.00 :
Sunday Play: Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare.
The 1969 radio production.
Set in Messina, during the Spanish occupation of Sicily, the play's comic subplot is as famous as the main story of Claudio and Hero.
Music by David Cain.
The instrumentalists David Munrow, Christopher Hogwood, Oliver Brookes, James Blades, Michael Laird, Roger Brenner. The singers: Sally le Sage, James Bowman, Nigel Rogers, with special sound by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer John Powell
Beatrice: Fenella Fielding
Benedick: Paul Daneman
Dogberry: Ralph Richardson
Don Pedro: Ronald Allen
Claudio: Martin Jarvis
Leonato: Cecil Parker
Hero: Perlita Neilson
Verges: Richard Goolden
Don John: Heron Carvic
Borachio: John Pullen
Conrade: David Valla
Margaret: Margaret Wolfit
Ursula: Madi Hedd
Antonio: Malcolm Hayes
Don Balthasar: Nigel Lambert
Friar Francis: Charles Simon
Sexton: Brian Haines
Hugh Oatcake: John Bryning
George Seacole: Garard Green
Original broadcast 19/9/1969, repeated 2/11/69. A reedited version of 119 minutes was broadcast on Radio 4 on 14/1/74.
[There was a new production of the play in 2001, repeated 2005, directed by Sally Avens]

Thanks to Stephen Shaw for compiling the entries, and to Alison for doing the coding.

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