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Rake's Progress


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by Olga Katzin.
A play on the life of John Wilkes, rake, scholar, wit, and man of fashion, who fought George III on the question of English liberty and won.
(This programme will be repeated on Tuesday, May 2)


Writer: Olga Katzin
Production: Eric Crozier
John Wilkes: Robert Harris
Humphrey Cotes, his friend: William Fox
George Kearsey, his printer: Lawrence Hanray
Matt Brown, his servant: Stuart Latham
Lord Temple, his patron: Wyndham Goldie
The Duke of Grafton, Prime Minister: Martin Walker
Lord Halifax, Secretary of State: George Devine
Lord Egremont, Secretary of State: Aubrey Dexter
Rev John Home, a radical parson: A. R. Whatmore
Mrs Catherine Macaulay: Marjorie Bryce
Mr. Thomas, Marshal of the King's Bench Prison: Edgar K. Bruce
Captain Maclean: Alan Hamilton
Mrs Mead, Wilkes's mother-in-law: Dame May Whitty
Polly, Wilkes's daughter: Hilda Schroder
Cathy, a maid: Ruby Head
Jem Trot: Henry Morrell
Grimes: Mardale Owen
A gaoler: Mario Francelli

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