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My Friend, Marie Antoinette

Intimate first-hand account of the final days of Marie Antoinette, staring Lily Loveless as young prison maid Rosalie Lamoriere, who forms a strong bond with the tragic queen.

Intimate first-hand account of the final days of Marie Antoinette, staring Lily Loveless as young prison maid, Rosalie Lamoriere, who forms a strong bond with the tragic queen, played by Laure Stockley.

Rosalie worked in the Conciergerie Prison kitchens, shared with soldiers and guards drinking, eating and laughing raucously over the pornographic pamphlets they pass around. The pamphlet shows Marie Antoinette, legs akimbo, masturbating on a chaise longue and having sex with a pageboy. Everyone hated the "Austrian Whore". Rosalie hated her too - she believed her family was starving because of the monstrous, profligate queen.

But when Rosalie is given the task of attending to Marie Antoinette in her prison cell, she encounters a broken, sick and distraught woman, desperate for news of her children.

This powerful drama from writer Carine Adler charts an extraordinary journey for both women, as Rosalie risks her life for the Queen she once despised.

Based on memoir accounts thirty years after the execution of Marie Antoinette by the historian Lafont d'Aussonne, who interviewed Rosalie Lamoriere.

Cast:
Rosalie Lamoriere.............Lily Loveless
Marie Antoinette.............Laure Stockley
Madame Harel.............Becci Gemmell
Inspector Michonis and Fouquier-Tinville.............Ewan Bailey
Madame Richard.............Clare Corbett
Chauvau Lagarde.............Peter Hamilton Dyer
Herbert and Doctor.............Antony Bunsee

Original Music by Jon Ouin
Sound Design by Eloise Whitmore
Produced by Emma Hearn
Written by Carine Adler
Directed by John Scott Dryden

A Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

44 minutes

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Thu 25 Apr 2019 14:15

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