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Jessica Hynes plays Moll Flanders to Ben Miles's Daniel Defoe in Nick Perry's free adaptation of the 18th-century classic.

By Daniel Defoe, adapted by Nick Perry.

Daniel Defoe, once more in need of ready money, finds inspiration for a new book when he meets Elizabeth Atkins in Newgate gaol. She tells him her stranger-than-fiction story; of how she was born in prison to a petty thief and of how she loved and bargained her way from rags to riches, from prostitution in the streets of London to prosperity on a Virginia plantation, and then lost it all again. Defoe interprets it all in his characteristic manner, blending fact with fiction, and re-inventing his interlocutor as the lusty and resourceful Moll Flanders.

The Harpsichord was played by Peter Ringrose.

Director: Sasha Yevtushenko.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 20 Jan 2018 14:30

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Credits

Role Contributor
Moll Flanders Jessica Hynes
Daniel Defoe Ben Miles
Mr Mist Brian Protheroe
Lady Cholmondley Elizabeth Bennett
Jemmy Blake Ritson
Nurse Claire Perkins
Young Moll Alex Jarett
Rob Nick Underwood
Lucy Kirsty Oswald
John Tom Forrister
Robin Sam Rix
Gaoler Sean Baker
Author Daniel Defoe
Adaptor Nick Perry
Director Sasha Yevtushenko

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