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Two Gentlemen of Valasna, The

Synopsis
Adapted for radio by Roger Elsgood and Willi Richards, The Two Gentlemen Of Valasna relocates Shakespeare’s play to India. Set in the weeks leading up to the 1857 Indian Mutiny, it was recorded in English, Hindi and Maharati entirely on location in Maharashtra, India. The cast of Indian actors is drawn from Bollywood, Indian television and the Indian English theatre tradition. With an introduction by director Willi Richards.
Series
Drama on 3
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
29 Jul 2007 at 20:45 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
95 mins

Credits

Director
Willi Richards
Producer
Roger Elsgood
Writer
William Shakespeare
Adaptor for Radio
Roger Elsgood; Willi Richards
Cast
Advait Zen HazaratThe Dacoits
Ali FazalThe Dacoits
Anu MenonSyoni
Arghya LahiriParminder
Avantika AkerkarJumaana
Farid CurrimBabu
Jayant KripalaniArabinder
Joy SenguptaLehk
Kunaal Roy KapoorSparsh
Nadir KhanVishvadev
Siddhant PintoThe Dacoits
Sohrab ArdishirThe Maharaja
Suchitra PillaiLavanya
Vikrant ChaturvediEkanjeet
Vikrant ChaturvediPramathesh
Zafar KarachiwalaThaqib

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
Two Gentlemen of Verona, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
India; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multicultural casting; Bollywood

Notes

Notes
According to director Willi Richards, as this production was recorded entirely on live locations in various places in India, the recording resembled a movie shoot, a process of "filmic radio rather than theatrical radio" (Richards in his introduction to the programme).

The recording may be downloaded from audible.com for a fee (site accessed 3/2008).
General
Recording took place in 9 days.
History
Marks the year of 150th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the rebellion against British rule in India.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Online Retailer

Name

audible.com

Web
http://www.audible.com External site opens in new window

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