The Doctor's Dilemna, by G.B.Shaw

BBC Radio 3: The Sunday Play

Broadcast: Sunday 2nd May 1999 @ 7:30 p.m.

A group of doctors is presented with one of those universal problems: the need to care for their patients and the need to practice often unnecessary operations on them in order to earn their livelihood. There is only one cure available and there are two patients: a totally amoral artist who has the reputation of being a good up-and-coming painter, and a quiet decent general practitioner. Add the fact that our leading doctor has fallen in love with the artist's wife and you have a pretty volatile mixture.

The blowhards, the know-it-alls, and the impecunious are all targets for Shaw's incisive wit. This is a special studio recording of the Almeida Theatre's acclaimed, fast and funny 1998 production of George Bernard Shaw's famous 1906 play, "The Doctor's Dilemna".

With Laurence Mitchell [Redpenny / The Newspaperman], Patsy Byrne [Emmy], Ian McDiarmid [Sir Colenso Ridgeon], Toby Salaman [Doctor Leo Schutzmacher], Bernard Horsfall [Sir Patrick Cullen], Martin Jarvis [Cutler Walpole], Tony Britton [Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington], Robert Demeger [Doctor Blenkinsop], Victoria Hamilton [Jennifer Dubedat], James Callis [Louis Dubedat], Harriet Cater [Minnie Tinwell], and Simon Scott [A Waiter / Mr. Danby, the Secretary].

Music composed by Julian Philips

Directed by Michael Grandage

Re-broadcast on Sunday 6th February 2000 @ 7:30 p.m.

120 min.


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