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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.

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

BBC Four Modern Classical Music Collection

BBC Four Modern Classical Music Collection
This programme is part of a collection of programmes featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Writer Louis MacNeice
Producer Louis MacNeice
Composer Benjamin Britten
Roland Cyril Cusack
The Mother Olga Lindo
The Tutor Mark Dignam
Sylvie Lucille Lisle
Sergeant Trumpeter Harry Hutchinson
Gavin Frank Partington
Blind Peter Ivor Barnard
The Soak Robert Farquharson
The Stentor Laidman Browne
The Steward Howard Marion
Crawford Neaera Vera Maxime
The Priest Alexander Sarner

Broadcasts

  • Mon 21 Jan 1946 21:15
  • Fri 22 Mar 1946 21:30
  • Mon 4 Nov 1946 22:15
  • Thu 19 Dec 1946 22:15

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