Radio 3 Drama, 2017

Drama on 3 – 2017


1 Jan: A Patriot For Me [100m]
By John Osborne. Adapted for radio (for the first time) by Philip Osment, but no credit in Radio Times. Repeated from June 2015. The play centres on an ambitious rising star, Alfred Redl, in the Austrian army, in the decadent society of turn-of-the-century Austria, whose journey of self-discovery leads to blackmail, betrayal and murder. Redl is compromised by his newly realised sexual freedom and is compelled by the Russian army to spy on the country and countrymen he cares for. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of John Osborne's play, which is a sweeping epic, an angry plea for tolerance, and a condemnation of hypocrisy. Baron von Epp - Bette Bourne; Mohl - Peter Egan; Albrecht/Ferdy/Paul/Steinbauer - Joshua Elliott; Redl - Richard Goulding; Stanitsin - Martin Hutson; Kupfer/Deputy - Peter Moreton; Oblensky - Michael Pennington; Hilde - Alana Ramsey; Countess - Amanda Root; Kunz/Deputy - Simon Shackleton; Taussig/Tsarina/Deputy - Daniel Weyman; Siczynski/Stefan/Viktor/Young man - Matt Whitchurch; directed by Philip Franks; produced by David Morley.

8 Jan: Manfred [80m]
By Lord Byron. Ghost story dramatized by Pauline Harris. The story centres around Manfred, who lives in isolation high in the mountains, tortured and haunted by a dark crime. Manfred: Joseph Millson, Abbott/Spirit/Arimanes: Jonathan Keeble, Herman/Spirit: Henry Devas, Astarte/Witch of the Alps/Spirit: Emily Pithon, Spirits: Ruth Alexander Rubin, Fionnuala Dorrity. Producer: Pauline Harris.

15 Jan: Rosmersholm [120m]
By Henrik Ibsen, trans Frank McGuinness. The play is set in a manor house on a fiord in western Norway. It concerns a widowed pastor, John Rosmer, whose affection for a new woman leads him down a dangerous path. The theme of the play is social and political change, in which the ruling classes relinquish their right to impose their ideals on the rest of society. John Rosmer: Nicholas Farrell, Rebekka West: Helen Baxendale, Professor Kroll: Ronald Pickup, Ulrik Brendel: Karl Johnson, Peder Mortensgaard: Philip Jackson, Mrs. Helseth: Christine Absalom. Producer: Peter Kavanagh.

22 Jan: Andromache [90m]
By Racine. Written in 1667; set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Andromache, widow of the Hector, tries to protect her child from Pyrrhus. Andromache: Tanya Moodie, Pyrrhus: Alex Lanipekun, Orestes: Joel MacCormack, Hermione: Susannah Fielding, Pylades: Gunnar Cauthery, Phoenix: RaadRawi, Cephisa: Mia Soteriou, Cleone: Rosie Hilal. Producer: Jeremy Mortimer.

29 Jan: Scribblers [90m]
By Steve Waters. Historical play about Henry Fielding and First Minister Robert Walpole. Roughly the same territory as Nick Dear's "The Art of Success", but concentrating on the relationship between the state and stage, and with a lot less foul language. Lady Mary: Niamh Cusack, Walpole: David Troughton, Fielding: Carl Prekopp, Nicholas Paxton / Henry Giffard: Peter Hamilton Dyer, Molly Skerrett: Jane Whittenshaw, Charlotte Clarke: Laura Elphinstone.Producer: Jeremy Mortimer.

5 Feb: The Government Inspector [90m]
By Gogol, ad. Adrian Mitchell. 19th-century satire on sleaze. Somewhere in Russia, a clerk is mistaken for a government official by a corrupt town council. Khlestakov, the suspected inspector: Lenny Henry, The Governor: Roger Allam, Anna: Monica Dolan, Marya: Erin Doherty, the judge: Don Warrington, with Peter Wight, Paul Jesson, James Fleet, Adrian Scarborough, Ivanno Jeremiaj, Geoffrey Palmer, Stephen Critchlow and Jessica Gunning. Producer: Catherine Bailey. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).

12 Feb: Jenny Lomas [75m]
By David Eldridge. The story looks at a court case brought in a world where false news is everywhere. Jenny Lomas, the solicitor: Amanda Hale, Oliver: Max Bennett, Anna: Monica Dolan, with Peter Sullivan, Pater Polycarpou, Sanchia McCormack, Sam Clemmett, Chetna Pandya and David Sturzaker. Producer: Sally Avens.

19 Feb: The Process [75m]
In spite of the title, this is Kafka's "The Trial", dramatised by Mark Ravenhill. A man is arrested and prosecuted by an anonymous authority without his alleged crime ever being described. Joseph K: Sam Troughton, with Caroline Catz, Joe Armstrong, Lloyd Hutchinson (three parts), Pearce Quigley, Hara Yannas, Tony Gardner, Jo Joyner, Sinead Matthews, Marion Bailey, Gaye Brown and Harle Jordean. Producer: Polly Thomas.

26 Feb: Oedipus the King [105m]
Sophocles, set for radio by Anthony Burgess (real name John Burgess Wilson); originally performed in 1972 in America. Music by Stanley Silverman, performed by BBC Philharmonic and Kantos Chamber Choir, conducted by Clark Rundell. With Christopher Eccleston, Don Warrington, Adjoa Andoh, Fiona Shaw, John Shrapnel, Vincent Ebrahim, Darrell D'Silva, Katie Kemp-Riley, Tess Robinson, Ryley Nixon, Eleanor Read, Lucy Godson, Billie Robinson. Producers: Polly Thomas, Eloise Whitmore and Mike George. Production Coordinator: Sarah Kenny, Executive Producer: Joby Waldman

5 Mar: The American Grandmother
By David Pownall. Family drama set in his home city of Liverpool spanning a period of 30 years, beginning just before WW1. Indie (Pier Productions). Leone .... Emma Fielding, Chaz .... Joe McGann, Maureen .... Sue Jenkins, Ellie .... Jodie McNee, Richard .... Karl Davies, Fan .... Elizabeth Berrington, Leone's Father .... Sam Dale, Hector .... Carl Prekopp, John and Raymond .... Robbie O'Neill, The Chaplain .... Richard Tate, The Headmistress .... Jenny Funnell, The Boy .... Noah London, Producer:..... Martin Jenkins.

12 Mar: Fanny & Alexander, 1
By Ingar Bergman, ad. Sharon Oakes, from the film. Family story set in Sweden in the early 1900s. Fanny .... Hollie Burgess, Alexander .... Adam Thomas Wright, Emilie .... Lisa Dillon, Gustav .... Stuart McQuarrie, Oscar .... Justin Salinger, Alma .... Jessica Turner, Maj .... Rhiannon Neads, Isak .... Allan Corduner, Ismael .... Carl Prekopp, Aron .... Joseph Arkley, Bishop .... Mark Bazeley, Henrietta .... Jane Slavin, Justine/Ester .... Hannah Wood, Producer .... Gaynor Macfarlane, Music composed and performed by Carl Prekopp.

19 Mar: Fanny & Alexander, 2
Conclusion. Fanny .... Hollie Burgess, Alexander .... Adam Thomas Wright, Emilie .... Lisa Dillon, Gustav .... Stuart McQuarrie, Oscar .... Justin Salinge, Alma .... Jessica Turner, Maj .... Rhiannon Neads, Isak .... Allan Corduner, Ismael .... Carl Prekopp, Aron .... Joseph Arkley, Bishop .... Mark Bazeley, Henrietta .... Jane Slavin, Justine/Ester .... Hannah Wood, Producer .... Gaynor Macfarlane. Music: Carl Prekopp.

26 Mar: A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams. Blanche DuBois arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley. Over the course of the summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreaking havoc on Stella and Stanley's marriage. Blanche .... Anne-Marie Duff, Stella .... Pippa Bennett-Warner, Stanley .... Matthew Needham, Mitch .... John Heffernan, Steve .... David Sturzaker, Eunice .... Sarah Ridgeway, Pablo .... John Dougal, Mexican Woman .... Leila Arias, Collector .... Tom Forrister, Nurse .... Georgie Glen, Director .... Sasha Yevtushenko.

2 Apr: Pericles
By William Shakespeare, ad. Neil Bartlett. Indie (Bona Productions). Gower .... Willard White, Pericles .... Paapa Essiedu, Thaisa .... Sarah Malin, Helicanus/Pandar .... Colin Hurley, Cleon/Boult .... Barrie Rutter, Cerimon/Bawd .... Tamzin Griffin, Dionyza/Lychorida .... Adjoa Andoh, Marina .... Laura Rees, Leonine/Simonides .... Martin Turner, Antiochus/Lysimachus .... Mark Straker, Trio 1 .... Tim Chipping, Trio 2 .... Martin Bassindale, Trio 3 .... Oscar Batterham, Director .... Neil Bartlett. Producer .... Turan Ali.

9 Apr: Hide the Moon
Another biographical play about a composer by Martyn Wade. In 1945 the composer Richard Strauss is visited by two American soldiers at his home in Garmisch. They want to interview him. His wife, Pauline, doesn't trust them. Not sure, but think I heard this on R4 in 2016 or 2015. Richard Strauss .... David Calder, Mr Brown .... Alun Raglan, Pauline Strauss .... Siân Phillips, Curt Riess .... Mark Edel-Hunt, Musician .... Peter Ringrose, Producer .... Marion Nancarrow.

16 Apr: Richard II
By William Shakespeare. I will not try to summarise this. RT says: "Richard's folly and the delusion of autocracy bring about his own downfall. When he banishes Bolingbroke and then confiscates his land and wealth despite warnings, he triggers a chain of events that lead to his overthrow and the accession of Bolingbroke as King Henry IV." Richard .... Joel MacCormack, Bolingbroke .... Geoffrey Streatfeild, John of Gaunt .... John Rowe, Duke of York .... Philip Jackson, Mowbray .... Steffan Rhodri, Aumerle .... Will Howard, Northumberland .... Christian Rodska, Harry Percy .... Edmund Wiseman, Queen Isabel .... Jaimi Barbakoff, Bushy .... Tom Forrister, Bagot .... David Sturzaker, Greene .... Simon Ludders, Salisbury .... Joe Sims, Duchess of York .... Georgie Glen, Bishop Carlisle .... Keiron Self, Welsh Captain .... Sion Pritchard, Lady .... Alexandria Riley, Producer .... Alison Hindell.

23 Apr: Iphigenia in Crimea
By Tony Harrison. Verse Drama, after Euripedes. A Classics-loving Lieutenant persuades a company of British soldiers to stage an all-male production of Iphigenia in Tauris. Lieutenant/Iphigenia/Athena .... Blake Ritson, Orestes .... Robert Emms, Pylades .... Richard Glaves, Sergeant/Thoas .... John Dougall, Irish soldier/Cowherd/Chorus .... Eugene O'Hare, Soldier/Messenger/Chorus .... Michael Colgan, Soldier/Chorus of Greek Women .... David Sterne, Soldier/Chorus of Greek Women .... Gavi Singh Chera, Soldier/Chorus of Greek Women .... John Bowler, Soldier/Chorus of Greek Women .... Finlay Robertson, Music performed by Peter Ringrose (trumpet), Detta Danford (flute), Howard McGill (clarinet), Jon Banks (accordion) and Matt Sharp (cello). Music composed and directed by Jon Nicholls. Producer .... Emma Harding.

30 Apr: Macbeth
By William Shakespeare. Macbeth .... Neil Dudgeon, Lady Macbeth .... Emma Fielding, Banquo .... Shaun Dooley, Macduff .... Paul Hilton, Weird Sister .... Jane Slavin, Weird Sister .... Carl Prekopp, Weird Sister .... Ayesha Antoine, Duncan .... David Hounslow, Ross .... Ian Conningham, Malcolm .... Alex Waldmann, The Porter .... Carl Prekopp, Lady Macduff .... Anastasia Hille, The Son .... Kasper Hilton-Hille, Murderer .... Stephen Critchlow, Murderer .... Mark Edel-Hunt, Lennox .... David Acton, Siward .... Sam Dale, Donalbain .... Sam Valentine, The Third Apparition .... Rose Hilton-Hille, Music composed by Timothy X Atack. Sound design by Colin Guthrie. Producer: Marc Beeby.

      1 May: Recital:
      Henry Hugo Pierson's symphonic poem, Macbeth, Op.54, composed in 1859 and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

7 May: Dinner
By Moira Buffini; stage play, ad. for radio by MB. Black comedy. Paige .... Harriet Walter, Wynne .... Penny Downie, Hal .... Paul Bazely, Sian .... Pippa Bennett-Warner, Mike .... Peter McDonald, Waiter .... David Hounslow, Producer .... Jonquil Panting.

14 May: A View from the Bridge
By Arthur Miller. An Italian-American neighbourhood near the Brooklyn Bridge, New York. 1950s. Lawyer Alfieri (the narrator) confides to listeners that there are events where he can only watch as they run their course. Eddie Carbone ..... Alfred Molina, Alfieri ..... Hector Elizondo , Beatrice Carbone ..... Jane Kaczmarek , Catherine ..... Melissa Benoist, Marco ..... Reid Scott, Rodolpho ..... Matthew Wolf, Louis ..... Andre Sogliuzzo, Tony ..... Andre Sogliuzzo, First Immigration Officer ..... Andre Sogliuzzo, Mike ..... Darren Richardson, Second Immigration Officer ..... Darren Richardson, Director ..... Martin Jarvis, Producer ..... Rosalind Ayres. Sound design: Wesley Dewberry and Mark Holden. Indie: Jarvis & Ayres.

21 May: El Cid
By Pierre Corneille, trans. Ranjit Bolt. The story of a self-indulgent, love-smitten courtier in 11th-century Spain who when duty calls rises to the occasion to become Spain's greatest hero. Don Rodrigo ..... James Purefoy, Ximena ..... Indira Varma, Elvira ..... Eleanor Bron, Dona Urraca ..... Gina McKee, Don Diego ..... David Calder, Don Gormas ..... Ewan Bailey, Don Fernando ..... Stephen Thorne, Don Sancho ..... Chris Pavlo, Leonora ..... Amelia Lowdell, Don Arias ..... Gerard McDermott, Page ..... Gary Podmore, Adaptor ..... Ranjit Bolt, Producer ..... Peter Kavanagh.

28 May: Finlandia
By Stephen Wyatt; a psychological drama woven around a Finnish epic and the composer's music. It is 1945. Sibelius, national hero, then aged eighty, is about to burn his Eighth Symphony despite the protests of his wife, Aino. He had had nothing new completed or performed for over twenty years, so why would he do this now? Finland had come to regret its devil's bargain with Nazi Germany: it had warded off Russia, but at what cost? And for how long? In 1899 Sibelius had written Finlandia, expressing defiance of Russian hegemony and a belief in an independent future. Jean Sibelius ... Tim Pigott-Smith, Aino ... Barbara Flynn, Reporter ... Mark Edel-Hunt, Female Voice ... Alex Tregear, Male Voice ..Chris Pavlo. Producer: Tracey Neale.

4 Jun: My Own Life
By Oliver Sacks. In 2015 Oliver Sacks published, My Own Life, announcing that he was terminally ill.In 1776 David Hume discovered he was mortally ill and wrote his autobiography, My Own Life.Oliver looked to David's work as inspiration for how to have a good death. He faced his final months with a promise to himself to live 'in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can' encouraged by David's words. He writes of a clarity of purpose while at the same time detaching himself from the inessentials of life. Oliver Sacks…… Joss Ackland, David Hume……Ken Stott, Adam Smith……Gordon Kennedy, James Boswell…… Robin Laing. Producer: Caroline Raphael. Indie (Dora Production).

11 Jun: A Traveller's Guide to Paterson
By M.S.Roberts. American poet William Carlos Williams's poem 'Paterson' is a portrait of his favourite city in New Jersey where he worked as a doctor. Michael Symmons Roberts presents a portrait of the same city today in reportage and documentary form, alongside a fictional drama which responds to events described in Williams's poem. He travels to New Jersey to meet William's family, friends, academics and community figures to explore Paterson and the stories in the poem. Himself ...M.S. Roberts, William Carlos Williams ... Trevor White, Paterson ... Lou Hirsch, Robert Coles/Fred/Receptionist ... Louis Labovitch, The Passaic River ... Kate Harper, Marie/Mother of Sick Boy .... Pippa Bennett-Warner, Producer ... Deborah McAndrew. Director ... Susan Roberts.

18 Jun: No Drama (Proms, I think)

25 Jun: Long Day's Journey into Night
By Eugene O'Neill. Set in 1921. This is the story of one devastating day in the Tyrone family, the Great American Family at its worst. The play depicts the family members' downward spiral into addiction, disease, and their own haunted pasts. The four main characters are considered to be semi-autobiographical representations of O'Neill himself, his older brother, and their parents. James Tyrone…… Robert Glenister, Mary Tyrone……Anastasia Hille, Jamie Tyrone……Rupert Evans, Edmund Tyrone……Gwilym Lee, Cathleen……Bronagh Waugh. Producer: Celia de Wolff. Indie (Pier Productions).

2 Jul: The Erpingham Camp & The Ruffian on the Stair
Two plays by Joe Orton, and an interview by Matthew Sweet with Orton's friend, actor Kenneth Cranham, recorded live at the BBC's radio theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of Orton's death.

The Erpingham Camp: Erpingham ..... Robert Daws, Riley ..... Jonjo O'Neill, Lou ..... Kerry Gooderson, Ted ..... Samuel James, Kenny ..... Charlie Clements, Eileen ..... Sarah Ridgeway, W.E. Harrison ..... Tom Forrister, Jessie Mason ..... Sanchia McCormack, Padre ..... Simon Ludders, Accordion Player ..... Colin Guthrie,

The Ruffian On The Stair: Mike ..... Gerard Horan, Joyce ..... Sophie Thompson, Wilson ..... Jack Rowan, Producer of both plays ..... Mary Peate.

7 Jul: Victim
Br Sarah Wooley. A drama about the making of 'Victim', the first British film to address homosexuality seriously. The 1961 film, starring Dirk Bogarde in the gamble of his career, is often credited with helping to change public attitudes to homosexuality. The drama gives a glimpse of Britain at a tipping point of social change. Dirk Bogarde…… Ed Stoppard, Tony Forwood……Simon Harrison, Basil Dearden……Jonathan Aris, Janet Green……Fenella Woolgar, Michael Relph……Ben Miles, John Trevelyan……Michael Maloney, Dorothy……Julie Teal, Sylvia Sims …Sarah Ridgeway, Alexander Walker……Charlie Clements, Leo Abse MP/Trailer Announcer……Simon Ludder, Sir Cyril Osborne MP/Earl of Arran/Roy Jenkins MP……Philip Fox, with Emilio Doorgasingh, David Sturzaker and Tom Forrister Producer: Abigail le Fleming.

14 Jul: No Drama

21 Jul: No Drama

28 Jul: No Drama

August: No Drama

10 Sep: Three Sisters
By Tschekhov, ad. Dave Britton. Three sisters living in a garrison town in provincial Russia dream of the day that they will return to their home city of Moscow. Maybe then their lives will really start. But somehow real life keeps getting in the way. Olga ...Hattie Morahan, Masha ...Scarlett Alice Johnson, Irina ...Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Andrei ...Alex Waldmann, Dr Chebutykin ...Robert Pugh, Colonel Vershinin ...Elliot Cowan, Baron Tuzenbach ...Mark Edel-Hunt, Captain Solyony ...Jonathan Forbes, Natasha ...Leila Crerar, Kulygin ...Sion Pritchard, Anfisa ...Shirley Dixon, Ferapont ...William Thomas, Fedotik ...Gareth Pierce, Roday ...Aled Bidder, Music composed by Roger Goula; Peter Ringrose on additional piano. Other musicians:Natalie Holt, Sam Thompson and Peter Gregson. Sound engineer: Nigel Lewis. Producer: Alison Hindell; BBC Wales.

17 Sep: The Mother
By Florian Zeller. A mother slowly comes to terms with the 'empty nest' effect, soon after the departure of her two children who have found partners and new lives for themselves. Translated by Christopher Hampton, with music by Philip Glass, Christopher's regular collaborator. The Mother .... Gina McKee, The Father .... Tom Goodman-Hill , The Son .... Jonathan Bailey, The Girl .... Keziah Joseph, Producer .... Peter Kavanagh.

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Various dramatic twenty-minute pieces that are used as mid-concert interval pieces during Performance On 3 and Opera On 3; Writer/reader credits have been noted where available; Documentaries/talks have been omitted.



Saturday nights, 30mins unless otherwise noted; Writer credits, and in some cases entry titles, aren't always given.



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