Othello with Ewan McGregor and Chiwetel Ejiofor among drama spring highlights on Radio 3
The critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Othello starring Ewan McGregor and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and a new adaptation of William Wycherley's Restoration comedy The Country Wife, with Ben Miller and Celia Imrie, are among the highlights of Drama On 3 on BBC Radio 3 this spring.
Radio 3 gives listeners a chance to hear the Donmar production of Shakespeare's classic play which sold out its three-month run in hours.
Chiwetel Ejiofor won an Olivier Award for the title role and the production also stars Ewan McGreogor as Iago and Kelly Reilly as Desdemona. It is directed by Michael Grandage.
William Wycherley's The Country Wife tells the story of Horner, a randy restoration rake, who devises an ingenious scheme for ruthlessly seducing the women of London society. By spreading the false rumour that he is impotent, he gains the sympathy of the husbands of the town and – crucially – free access to their wives.
The cast is lead by Ben Miller as Horner and also includes Celia Imrie as Lady Fidget, Mark Williams as Sparkish and Geoffrey Whitehead is Pinchwife.
Other productions this spring include David Hare's The Vertical Hour and a new adaptation of Giuseppe de Lampedusa's The Leopard.
Indira Varma stars as Nadia Blye in The Vertical Hour, which pits personal philosophies against global politics.
Byle, a former war reporter and Professor of International Relations at Yale who has seen action in Sarajevo and Baghdad, begins to question her personal and political beliefs following a meeting with her boyfriend's father over a weekend in Shropshire.
The play premiered on Broadway in 2006 before completing a successful run at the Royal Court earlier this year.
The Leopard documents the changes in Sicilian society during the republic unification of Italy in 1860 through the eyes of an aristocratic family headed by Don Fabrizio.
Michael Hastings' new adaptation views the Prince from the prism of his family, servants and his confessor and takes the story to its conclusion 20 years after Don Fabrizio's death. Stanley Townsend and Hayley Atwell lead the cast.
Also to be broadcasted is Rudolpho's Zest, a new play by award-winning writer Tanika Gupta, starring Ray Panthaki and Lindsey Marshal.
Rudolpho is a larger than life old man dying in a hospice. He flirts with the pretty nurse, Susan, and is full of stories, but he has a remarkable secret. He has lived for 192 years. Having been immortal his body has rapidly begun to age and his zest for life is disappearing.
Now an old and exhausted man he is ready to die. But Mel, a woman he has recently met, is conducting research into old age and she has a few questions for him. How has Rudolpho lived so long?
Notes to Editors
Drama On 3 schedule:
- Sunday 6 April – Rudolpho's Zest by Tanika Gupta
- Sunday 13 April – The Country Wife by William Wycherley
- Sunday 20 April – Yesterday An Incident Occurred (repeat) by Mark Ravenhill
- Sunday 27 April – Professor Bernhardi (repeat) by Arthur Schnitzler
- Sunday 4 May – Othello by William Shakespeare
- Sunday 11 May – The Leopard by Giuseppe de Lampedusa, adapted by Michael Hastings
- Sunday 18 May – Skylock (repeat) by Arnold Wesker
- Sunday 25 May – The Vertical Hour by David Hare