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Disturbing new version of Shakespseare's rarely produced drama Pericles, where murder, intrigue, shipwrecks and prostitution tear a king's family apart. With Willard White as Gower.

A gripping new production of one of Shakespeare's later and least performed plays, Pericles, in which murder, incest, intrigue, shipwrecks and prostitution tear King Pericles' family apart.

Adapted for radio and directed by acclaimed British theatre writer/director Neil Bartlett with a multicultural cast including opera legend Sir Willard White as Gower, the RSC's rising star Paapa Essiedu as Pericles and renowned British film actress Adjoa Andoh as Dionyza. A Greek chorus trio provides an innovative way to deliver pirates, fishermen, knights and villains galore.

Pericles is a problem play on stage given the long script, wordy passages, multiple shipwrecks and sea storms, and large number of locations. With a pacey, music-rich new adaptation for radio by Neil Bartlett and the rich, beguiling tones of Willard White as Gower, Pericles becomes a lively, shocking and moving roller-coaster journey, perfect for radio drama, and reclaims Pericles as one of Shakespeare's plays definitely worthy of more frequent productions.

Marina's song composed by Simon Deacon
Pianist, Josef Janik

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 3.

2 hours

Last on

Sun 2 Apr 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
Writer William Shakespeare
Gower Willard White
Pericles Paapa Essiedu
Thaisa Sarah Malin
Helicanus/Pandar Colin Hurley
Cleon/Boult Barrie Rutter
Cerimon/Bawd Tamzin Griffin
Dionyza/Lychorida Adjoa Andoh
Marina Laura Rees
Leonine/Simonides Martin Turner
Antiochus/Lysimachus Mark Straker
Trio 1 Tim Chipping
Trio 2 Martin Bassindale
Trio 3 Oscar Batterham
Director Neil Bartlett
Adaptor Neil Bartlett
Producer Turan Ali


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