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Dame Joan Plowright

Dame Joan Plowright

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 27 Aug 2006

Star of stage and screen

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the actress Joan Plowright.

Dame Joan Plowright is an actress who has been at the forefront of her profession since she first appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in London half a century ago. In those days she was identified with the new wave, appearing in plays by writers such as Arnold Wesker and John Osborne. She went on to make her name in more established roles - winning Actress Of The Year for her performance as Shaw's 'St Joan'. Through her marriage to Laurence Olivier, she became closely associated with his work at Chichester, and the foundation of the National Theatre. After his death, she added a career on screen to her theatre work. She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Enchanted April and her latest film, Mrs Palfrey At The Claremont will be released later this year.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Edward Elgar

3.

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations - Nimrod

Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

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Sir Laurence Olivier

4.

Sir Laurence Olivier

St Crispians Day Speech from the 1944 film Henry V

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Leonard Bernstein

5.

Leonard Bernstein

Maria (from West Side Story)

Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata in C major - 1st movement

Soloist: Mitsuko Uchida

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Édith Piaf

8.

Édith Piaf

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Others who chose this artist

Book

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A piano

Others who chose a similar luxury

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 24 Jan 1981

British actor

Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Joan Plowright.

Choices

Jean Sibelius

1.

Jean Sibelius

The Swan Of Tuonela

Soloist: Eric Fletcher Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: John Barbirolli

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer

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Sir William Walton

3.

Sir William Walton

Popular Song (from Façade)

Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari

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Peter Sellers

4.

Peter Sellers

The House That Mac Built

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Sir Laurence Olivier

5.

Sir Laurence Olivier

Why Should I Care

song from The Entertainer by John Osbourne

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Georges Bizet

8.

Georges Bizet

Bohemian Dance (from Carmen Suite No. 2)

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

Others who chose this artist

Book

Three novels by Aldous Huxley

Others who chose this author

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