Georges Feydeau - The Primrose Path
BBC Radio 3
Broadcast: Monday 9th April 1984
Love is in the air here, along with marriage and divorce, as we step back to the Paris of the naughty 1900s in this Feydeau comic farce.
The righteous Comtesse de Plounidec is worried about her son, the unwell, pious Maurice. The Marquis de Laroche-Tourmel, her
brother, tells her that as a young man, the only cure for his nephew is for him to lose his virginity. The trouble begins when Maurice goes
swimming and sees a woman, who just happens to be the beautiful actress Etiennette de Marigny, drowning and rescues her.
Translated by Kate Horn and adapted for radio by Peter Barnes from Georges Feydeau's 1906 comedy, 'Le Bourgeon'.
With Gwen Watford [Comtesse de Plounidec], Simon Hewitt [Maurice de Plounidec, the Comtesse's Son], Aubrey Woods [André, the
Marquis de Laroche-Tourmel, the Comtesse's Brother], Richard Pasco [Hector Heurteloup], Dilys Laye [Eugénie Heurteloup, Hector's
Wife], Wendy Murray [Huguette, the Marquis de Laroche-Tourmel's Daughter], Timothy Bateson [L'Abbé Bourset], Michael Spice [Dr.
Vetillé], Christopher Ettridge [Monsieur Guérassin], Penelope Wilton [Etiennette de Marigny], William Eedle [Lt. Musignol], Pauline
Siddle [Cléo de Montespan], Maggie McCarthy [Paulette de Vernandois], Jane Wenham [Simone Clovis], Moir Leslie [Catherine, a
Maid], Alex Jennings [Roger, a Valet], and Michael Bilton [Luc, a Valet / Jaques, the Abbé's Gardener].
Music by Jonathan Gibbs of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Directed by Ian Cotterell .
Re-broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 30th December 1984 @ 7:00 p.m.
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