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1989: The Shape of the Table

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 14 November 2009

Originally staged by the National Theatre in 1990, David Edgar's powerful play charts the dramatic and dangerous transition of a fictional eastern European country from hard-line communism to the beginnings of western-style democracy.

It is 1989, crowds are gathering in the streets and the Soviets are refusing to send in the troops. The government is on its own and faces a stark choice - suppress the demonstrators or instigate reform.

Pavel Prus ...... Tim McInnerny
Josef Lutz ...... Henry Goodman
Michal Kaplan ...... Jeremy Clyde
Victor Spassov ...... Michael Elwyn
Petr Vladislav ...... Jonathan Keeble
Jan Matkovic ...... Robert Lister
Andrei Zietek ...... Joseph Kloska
Vera Rousova ...... Carolyn Pickles
Jan Milev ...... Christian Rodska
Victoria Brodskaya ...... Laura Matthews
Monica Freie ...... Emerald O'Hanrahan

Original music by Malcolm McKee

Direcred by Peter Leslie Wild.


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