Sunday 28 November 2004 20:00-21:45 (Radio 3)
A dramatisation of Vladimir Nabokov's great novel by the Sony Award-winning playwright Robert Forrest.
Published in 1962, Pale Fire ranks alongside James Joyce's Ulysses and Marcel Proust's À La Recherche du Temps Perdu as one of the masterpieces of twentieth century fiction. Comic, tragic, heartbreaking, Shakespearean in its almost infinite depth and beauty, it moves between leafy Appalachia and the mysterious far northern kingdom of Zembla, telling the story of a homely American poet and his regally demented neighbour.
1 hour 45 minutes
Charles Kinbote ...... Finlay Welsh
John Shade ...... Angus MacInnes
Sybil Shade ...... Joanna Tope
Professor Hurley ...... Crawford Logan
Odon ...... Richard Greenwood
Disa ...... Gayanne Potter
Directed by Patrick Rayner