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.
|Narrator||Simon Russell Beale|
|Mrs Schomberg||Helen Schlesinger|
|Mrs Zangiacomo||Flaminia Cinque|