W.S.Gilbert never wrote any radio plays, but he did write a series
of quirky short stories which have been dramatised recently for
radio by Stephen Wyatt. They are very good; details are below.
1: FINGER OF FATE 7 May 03
Foggerty is a confirmed bachelor. But fate has some plans for
him...with Jonathan Coy as Gilbert, Stephen Moore as Foggerty, also
starring Alison Steadman, Martin Hyder, Ian Masters. Dir. Sue Wilson.
2:AN ELIXIR OF LOVE 14 May 03
A secret love potion has unexpected results when it's released into
the community by a naive vicar...with Jonathan Coy, Paul Downing, Cathy
Sera, Gillian Goodman,, Christopher Scott, John Fleming; dir. Sue Wilson.
3:THE BURGLAR'S STORY 21 May 03
Theodore's education is worth any sacrifice by his parents, who are
petty crooks. But his career is cut short by a series of unforeseen
incidents....with Jonathan Coy, Michael Onslow, John Webb, Amy Tobin,
Stephen Boswell, Kim Durham, Alexandra Lilley. Dir. Sue Wilson.
4: WIDE AWAKE 28 May 03
Unworldly Harold Symperson boasts of his fortune
until he falls victim to his relatives' plot to engage
him to his cousin. With Jonathan Coy as Gilbert, Richard Derrington,
Chris Emmett,Julia Hills, Joanna Wake, Jamie Chapman and Tom George;
directed by Sue Wilson.
5: MR. FOSTER'S GOOD FAIRY 4 Jun 03
Cyril Foster, a confectioner, is haunted by his past. Then a fairy
from one of his cakes offers him an escape. With Jonathan Coy
as Gilbert, Ian Brooker as Cyril, also starring Sara Coward, Lennox
Greaves and David Bannerman. Dir. Sue Wilson.
One final point:
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN
Jeremy Stevenson has collected recordings of
Gilbert and Sullivan for fifty years ( also of Sullivan's
orchestral and other music). His collection is
second to none - many of his recordings have never been
broadcast. If you also have G&S recordings and would like to
exchange some of them, Jeremy's website
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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