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The Life of Galileo

Summary
1964 BBC production of The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht.
Theatre play
Life of Galileo [Leben des Galilei] by Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) [more information]
Date of transmission
Wednesday 29 April 1964
Time
9.25-10.35pm and 10.45-11.30pm
Series
Festival
Channel
BBC1
Production company
BBC

Credits

Director
Charles Jarrott
Producer
Peter Luke
Playwright
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Adapted for Television by
Ursula Gray
Translator
Charles Laughton
Composer
Norman Kay
Designer
Richard Wilmot
Costumes
Joyce Hammond
Make-up
Christine Hillcoat
Story Editor
Harry Moore
Cast
Patrick BarrCardinal Barberini
Reginald BarrattMathematician
Andre BoulaySecond Secretary
Rosalie CrutchleyMrs Sarti
Vernon DobtcheffPhilosopher
Paul EndersbyThe Doge / Christopher Clavius
John GatrellLord Chamberlain
John GayFirst Secretary
Simon GoughSecond Monk
Michael GrahamInfuriated Scholar / Informer
Ewan HooperFederzoni
James KerryAndrea, the Man
Ronald LaceyLittle Monk
Marne MaitlandCardinal Inquisitor
Fergus McClellandAndrea
Leo McKernGalileo
Monica MerlinElderly Lady
Anthony MortonPriull
Michael PeakeSenator
Darryl ReadPrince Cosimo de Medici
George RoubicekLudovico
Malcolm RussellOld Cardinal
Jonathan ScottAttendant Monk
Sheila Shand-GibbsVirginia
John SouthworthScholar / Town Crier
Peter StephensFat Prelate
Martin SterndaleMatti
Nigel StockNarrator / Sagredo / Cardinal Bellarmin / Pamphleteer / Peasant
Roy WilsonFirst Monk / Official

Additional details

Play tags
17th-century setting; Christianity; German drama; Italy, as theme or setting; Roman Catholicism; science

Audiovisual sources

Title
The Life of Galileo (BBC, 1964)
Archive
BBC Information and Archives [more information]
Address

White City
London
UK

Telephone

+44 (0)20 8008 2288

Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/informationandarchives/

Access

BBC Information and Archives is not open to the public.

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 23 April 1964 (Magazine)
Linking notes
illustrated article, p. 43; listing, p. 47

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