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The Dark Tower

A new production of Louis MacNeice's iconic radio play 'The Dark Tower' with Benjamin Britten's original music. Recorded under the tower of Orford church with a live audience.

Louis MacNeice's iconic verse drama, widely acknowledged to be the finest of his many works for radio and one of the most critically acclaimed radio plays of the 20th century. The play is inspired by the mythical quest in Robert Browning's mysterious poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", but includes strong autobiographical and even satirical elements. At its core is original music by Benjamin Britten, to whom MacNeice dedicated the published script.

Performed on 27th October 2017, in front of an audience at Orford Church, Suffolk, with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Moonlight; Storm)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Concert Orchestra
Roland Harry Lloyd
Gavin Matthew Tennyson
Sergeant-Trumpeter Jude Akuwudike
Mother Lucy Robinson
Tutor/Steward Adrian Scarborough
Soak Jonjo O'Neill
Blind Peter Nicholas Murchie
Sylvie Manjinder Virk
Priest/Officer/Stentor Sam Dale
Neaera Hannah Genesius
Barmaid/Clock Voice Georgie Glen
Young Roland William Gidney
Director Robin Brooks
Producer Fiona McAlpine


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