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Edinburgh, 1561: Murdo and his Merry May Dancers try to please the Queen and keep in with John Knox. With Hugh Ross. From 2014.

In the year of our Lord 1561, Mary Queen Of Scots and the protestant reformer John Knox clash in Edinburgh's old town over a harmless entertainment involving a wayward troupe of Scots comedians and song and dance acts - led by none other than a 16th century thespian who could easily have been Stanley Baxter's ancestor.

It's Murdo, the man with a fan club as big as the Royal Mile and leading light of a visiting troupe of players, Murdo and his Merry May Dancers.

Murdo Fletcher ..... Stanley Baxter
John Knox ..... Stuart McQuarrie
Mary Queen of Scots ..... Tracy Wiles
Chronicler ..... Hugh Ross

Other parts played by the cast.

Written by Rona Munro.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2014.

30 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Murdo Fletcher Stanley Baxter
John Knox Stuart McQuarrie
Dougie Stuart McQuarrie
Mary Queen of Scots Tracy Wiles
Margaret Tracy Wiles
Chronicler Hugh Ross
Lord Melville Hugh Ross
Writer Rona Munro
Director Marilyn Imrie
Producer Catherine Bailey

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