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Juliet Stevenson, Anthony Minghella, Jude Law and David Threlfall in the studio after the recording

Jude Law stars in Anthony Minghella play on Radio 3



Jude Law appears on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday in a specially commissioned radio drama by Anthony Minghella as part of the station's Beckett centenary celebrations.

 

Jude Law is joined by Juliet Stevenson and David Threlfall in the play Eyes Down Looking, written, directed and introduced by Minghella, and broadcast in The Verb on Saturday 1 April at 10.15pm.

 

Law plays the role of The Son, Juliet Stevenson plays The Mother and David Threlfall is The Father in the play - inspired by Beckett - the story of a grieving father and son remembering their dead wife and mother.

 

To celebrate the centenary of Nobel prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett's birth, Radio 3 is broadcasting a season of Beckett-inspired programmes.

 

They include newly commissioned dramas by leading young playwrights as well as discussions of Beckett's work featuring Billie Whitelaw and Sir Peter Hall discussing Waiting for Godot in a special Night Waves programme.

 

Radio 3 also presents a Beckett Evening on Sunday 9 April.

 

It includes new productions of Krapp's Last Tape, starring Corin Redgrave, and Embers directed by Stephen Rea and featuring Michael Gambon, Sinead Cusack and Rupert Graves, and a new recording of Waiting for Godot on Sunday 16 April in Drama on 3.

 

Jude Law says of Minghella's new work: "It's a puzzle of words - a great excuse to sit and talk for a couple of hours.

 

"It's lovely working on something by a great writer who was inspired by a great writer."

 

Anthony Minghella says of the experience of recording the play: "Three of my favourite actors [Jude Law, Juliet Stevenson and David Threlfall] in a room, who agreed to this without having read my script - that's not bad!"

 

The play marks Minghella's return to BBC radio, where his early work included acclaimed plays such as Cigarettes and Chocolate (BBC Radio 4).

 

Introducing his new work in The Verb, Minghella discusses Beckett's influence on him as a writer and director.

 

The programme also features a rare interview with Billie Whitelaw, long-time Beckett muse.

 

She shares her unique and intimate insight into the mind of the playwright and his work, reminiscing on her 25 years as his close artistic collaborator in conversation with actress Lisa Dwan.

 

Notes to Editors

 

Broadcast details

 

The Verb, Radio 3, Saturday 1 April, 10.15pm, and available to Listen Again for seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio3

 

Night Waves - Landmarks, Radio 3, Thursday 6 April, 9.30pm - Waiting for Godot discussion with Sir Peter Hall. Available to Listen Again for seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio3.

 

The Verb, Radio 3, Saturday 8 April - Beckett-inspired drama commissioned from Kay Adshead by Radio 3. Available to Listen Again for seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio3.

 

Beckett Evening, Radio 3, Sunday 9 April, 8.00-10.15pm:

 

To mark the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth (the actual date is 13 April), Radio 3 celebrates the Irish playwright, novelist, poet and Nobel laureate with radio productions of two of his plays from the Fifties - Embers starring Michael Gambon, Sinead Cusack, Rupert Graves, Alvaro Lucchesi and Carly Baker, and Krapp's Last Tape starring Corin Redgrave.

 

Juliet Stevenson performs Beckett's short and painful play Not I.

 

In Beckett And His Actors Stephen Rea presents a personal insight into the relationship Beckett enjoyed with his performers by presenting specially recorded interviews with leading actors and directors who have personal experience of working with Beckett. Available to Listen Again for seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio3

 

The Verb, Radio 3, Saturday 15 April - Beckett-inspired drama commissioned from Richard Bean by Radio 3, and available to Listen Again for seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio3

 

Drama On 3 - Waiting for Godot, Radio 3, Sunday 16 April, 7.30pm - as part of Radio 3's celebration of the Beckett centenary, Drama On 3 presents a new recording of the writer's masterpiece, with Sean Barrett and David Burke. Available to Listen Again for seven days at bbc.co.uk/radio3

 

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