Playing: Symphony No. 5 in D by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 June 2011

Samuel West makes his radio directorial debut with a new adaptation by Kate Clanchy of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's vibrant and good-hearted satirical comedy. The play was recorded on location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, the stately home of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, which he inherited in 1843 shortly after writing 'Money'.
Stars Roger Allam, Celia Imrie and Ian McDiarmid.
The music, specially recorded for the play, is performed by the Endellion String Quartet.

Kate Clanchy's adaptation re-fashions the action around one grand house, modernises the heroine, Clara, and sets the action just before the 1832 Reform Act to accentuate the political plot.

'Money' was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in 1840. It was an instant success and the play's social commentary, genteel comedy and high romance still resonate and charm today.

Alfred Evelyn ..... Blake Ritson
Clara Douglas ..... Laura Rees
Sir John Vesey ..... Ian McDiarmid
Lady Franklin ..... Celia Imrie
Henry Graves ..... Roger Allam
Georgina Vesey ..... Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Sir Frederick Blount ..... Bertie Carvel
Benjamin Stout ..... Richard Cordery
Captain Dudley Smooth ..... Tom Goodman-Hill
Flash ..... Nicholas Boulton

Recorded on location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
Music performed by the Endellion String Quartet
Sound Design: David Chilton

Director: Samuel West

Producer: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 3.


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