The Magic Mountain
by Thomas Mann

BBC Radio 3: The Sunday Play

Broadcast: Sunday 1st April 2001 @ 7:30 p.m.

"The Magic Mountain" takes place in an exclusive tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps–a community devoted to sickness that serves as a fictional microcosm for Europe in the days before the First World War. To this hermetic and otherworldly realm comes Hans Castorp, an “ordinary young man” who arrives for a short visit and ends up staying for seven years, during which he succumbs both to the lure of eros and to the intoxication of ideas.

Hans sits on the balcony of a sanatorium, wrapped in his camel's hair blanket, thermometer in his mouth, naively but earnestly pondering the meaning of life, time, and his love for the beautiful Frau Chauchat. Among the other characters on this Germanic ship of fools are the malapropian Frau Stohr; Hofrat Behrens, the head doctor, and his hearty but sick-looking sidekick, Dr. Krokowski; Ludovico Settembrini, the enlightened humanist; Han's noble cousin Joachim Ziemssen; and Hermine Kleefeld, who, with her whistling pneumothorax, is the pride of the Half-Lung Club. In this community organization completely in reference to disease, Hans Castrop achieves a kind of transcendence unimaginable in the world of the "flatlands" below him.

Dramatisation by Olwen Wymark of Thomas Mann's 1924 classic novel, "The Magic Mountain".

With Paul Scofield [Narrator], Robert Whitelock [Hans Castorp], Clive Merrison [Ludovico Settembrini], Sian Thomas [Clavdia Chauchat], Simon Ludders [Joachim Ziemssen], John Hartley [Dr. Hofrat Behrens], Norman Rodway [Mynheer Peeperkorn], Rhodri Hugh [Naphta], Richard Elfyn [Dr. Krokowski], Christine Pritchard [Frau Stohr], Manon Edwards [Fraulein Englehardt], Tim Kirkus [Wehsal], Jennifer Vaughan [Hermine Kleefeld], and Claire Cage [Veronique].

Music Composed By Colin Sell

Directed by Alison Hindell

Repeated on 'BBC Radio 3: Drama on 3' on 5th January 2003 @ 6:30 p.m.

140 min.


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