Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
A Fairy Tale

BBC Radio 3: World Drama

Broadcast: Thursday 9th September 1976 @ 9:35 p.m.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is one of the major figures of German and world literature. One of his most mysterious, and to our eyes strikingly modern works, is this fairy tale, which in its imagery foreshadows the poetry of surrealism.

Translated by Susanne Flatauer from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Das Märchen" ("A Fairy Tale"), first published in 1795.

Adapted for radio by Martin Esslin with music by Hans Heimler

With David Davis (renowned Children's Hour presenter and reader) [The Teller of the Tale], Gabriel Woolf [The Prince], Rosalind Shanks [The Beautiful Lily], David March [The Peasant], Freda Dowie [The Peasant's Wife], James Thomason [The Ferryman], Peter Craze and David Graham [Will-o'-the-Wisps], Mary Morris [The Serpent], Patrick Barr [The First King], Douglas Blackwell [The Second King], William Eedle [The Third King], and Godfrey Kenton [The Fourth King].

Produced and directed by Martin Esslin.

90 min.


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