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Timon of Athens

Synopsis
Heavily cut radio version of Shakespeare’s play adapted and produced for broadcasting by Peter Watts. With Valentine Dyall in the title role. The chronicler (narrator) in this adaptation is Neanthes of Cyzicus (Patrick Troughton), the orator and historian who set down the story of Timon 275 B.C.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
18 Jan 1953 at 18:50 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
110 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Peter Watts
Writer
William Shakespeare
Adaptor for Radio
Peter Watts
Cast
Valentine DyallTimon of Athens
Cecil TrouncerApemantus
William FoxAlcibiades
Will LeightonFlavius
Richard HurndallPoet
Alan NunnLucilius
Arthur LawrenceGossip
Arthur RidleySenator
Brendon BarryFlaminius
Brian HayesJeweller
Cyril ShapsMerchant
Eric AndersonSempronius
Franklyn BellamyPhilotus
Gabrielle Blunt 
Garard GreenGossip
Gerik SchjelderupPainter
Hugh FalkusServilius
Hugh ManningGossip
John CarolCaphis
John GarsideSenator
John TurnbullOld Athenian
John WyseLucius
Margaret Chisholm 
Mary WimbushPhrynia
Michael O’HalloranVentidius
Nancy NevisonTimandra
Patrick TroughtonNeanthes, historian of Cyzicus
Robert FarquharsonLucullus
Ronald Sidney 
Virginia Winter 
Wyndham Milligan 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Timon of Athens
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Peter Watts talks about the many problems of Timon and his approach to adapting the play in ‘Shakespeare in a rage with Mankind’, Radio Times, 16 January 1953, p. 6.
General
Rehearsals: 14/1/1953-18/1/1953
History
First in a series of three seldom-performed Shakespeare plays that the BBC produced for broadcasting in 1953. See separate entries for Pericles (15/2/1953) and Titus Andronicus (15/3/1953).
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Source: The Times, Radio Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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