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Episode 9

Marcel Proust’s allegorical contemplation on time, memory, art and love. With war looming and recovering from the death of Albertine, Marcel re-visits an old flame in Combray.

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s adaptation from the French of Marcel Proust’s allegorical reflection on time, memory, art and love.

Still recovering from the death of Albertine, and with war looming, Marcel visits Gilberte in Combray and they discover their perceptions of the past are conflicting.

Times are changing as cultured society becomes more open and at least one aristocratic marriage ends in divorce.

It is 1914 and Robert de Saint Loup prepares for a war he believes will be very short - but, as the war continues, dark rumours circulate about the Baron de Charlus and Marcel inadvertently stumbles across the truth.

Cast:
MARCEL (narrator) ………Derek Jacobi
MARCEL …………Blake Ritson
FRANCOISE ………… Susan Brown
MADAME VERDURIN ………….Frances Barber
BARON DE CHARLUS …………Simon Russell Beale
DR COTTARD ……………Lloyd Hutchinson
BUTLER ………… Daniel Flynn
BOSS.………Nicholas Gleaves
JUPIEN ……………Ben Crowe
MAN AT DESK …………. Nicholas Armfield
ROBERT DE SAINT LOUP …………Kyle Soller
GILBERTE …………Emma Mackey
OLDER MAN …………Roger Watkins
YOUNG MEN …………. Toheeb Jimoh
.……… Finlay Paul
……….. Daniel Whitlam
.………. Sam Rawle

Translated and adapted from the French by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Produced and directed by Celia de Wolff
Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
Recording and Sound Design: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
Executive Producer: Peter Hoare

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

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