The Dark Tower

First transmitted in 1946, The Dark Tower is a parable play on the ancient theme of the Quest, suggested by Robert Browning's poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came. It was written and produced by Louis MacNeice, with music specially composed by Benjamin Britten, and played by an ad hoc orchestra conducted by Walter Goehr.

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1 hour, 13 minutes

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Thu 19 Dec 1946 22:15
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Role Contributor
WriterLouis MacNeice
ProducerLouis MacNeice
ComposerBenjamin Britten
RolandCyril Cusack
The MotherOlga Lindo
The TutorMark Dignam
SylvieLucille Lisle
Sergeant TrumpeterHarry Hutchinson
GavinFrank Partington
Blind PeterIvor Barnard
The SoakRobert Farquharson
The StentorLaidman Browne
The StewardHoward Marion
Crawford NeaeraVera Maxime
The PriestAlexander Sarner

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