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Harold Pinter's Victory

The world premiere of Harold Pinter's screenplay of Josef Conrad's last major novel, in a special adaptation for radio by Sir Richard Eyre.

It's 1900 in the Dutch East Indies. Disenchanted with life and humanity, Heyst, a mysterious Swedish Baron, lives alone on a deserted island.

He believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others, but his life is altered when he visits the neighbouring island for a doctor's check up. Here he meets and falls in love with Lena, a young English violinist, travelling across the Pacific with a small commercial ladies Orchestra.

Surrounded by predatory older men, including the hotel manager Schomberg, she is drawn to Heyst and the sense of mystery that surrounds him. Together, in the middle of the night, they escape by boat to his island.

Sound Design: John Leonard and Wilfredo Acosta

Director: Richard Eyre

Producer: Laurence Bowen

A Feelgood Fiction production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Mar 2017 14:30


Role Contributor
NarratorSimon Russell Beale
HeystBjarne Henriksen
LenaVanessa Kirby
DavidsonMatthew Marsh
RicardoMark Strong
JonesRobert Portal
SchombergPatrick O'Kane
Mrs SchombergHelen Schlesinger
PedroMartin Marquez
ChangPaul Chan
Mrs ZangiacomoFlaminia Cinque
AuthorJoseph Conrad
WriterHarold Pinter
AdaptorRichard Eyre
DirectorRichard Eyre
ProducerLaurence Bowen

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