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2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 16 September 2012

A new production of Christopher Marlowe's 16th century play about the growth to tyrannical power of a Scythian shepherd. Tamburlaine is a classic drama said to have changed the course of British drama and to have influenced the young Shakespeare. This is the first in a series of three plays from Radio 3 which portray the ruthlessness and dilemmas of absolute rule.

Tamburlaine ..... Con O'Neill
Mycetes, King of Persia ..... Oliver Ford Davis
Cosroe ..... Kenneth Cranham
Techelles ..... Shaun Prendergast
Theridamas ..... Ewan Bailey
Zenocrate ..... Susie Riddell
Zabina ..... Noma Dumezweni
Bajazeth ..... Danny Sapani
Agydas ..... Joseph Kloska
Sultan ..... Edward de Souza
Usumcasane ..... Don Gilet
Ortygius ..... Paul Stonehouse
Meander ..... Patrick Brennan
Menaphon ..... Bob Blythe
King Of Morocco ..... Patrice Naiambana
Anippe ..... Stephanie Racine
Ebea ..... Eleanor Crooks
2nd Virgin ..... Sarah Thom
Bassoe ..... Will Howard
Attendant ..... Adam Nagaitis

Original music composed and performed by Nicolai Abrahamsen.

Director......Peter Kavanagh.


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