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The Soldier's Fortune


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The first of two comedies by Thomas Otway, adapted for radio by Peter Barnes.
With Denis Quilley as Beaugard, a Captain and Gentleman, John Rowe as Courtine, a Captain, Dilys Laye as Lady Dunce, a married 'widow', Sarah Badel as Sylvia, a virgin, Peter Woodthorpe as Sir Jolly Jumble, a pimp, Arthur Lowe as Sir Davy Dunce, a cuckold.

1678: the Dutch wars are over and London is full of disbanded Army Officers looking for money, trouble, sex and fun The play follows the exploits of two such officers and their valiant efforts to avoid the ignominious clutches of matrimony without in any way depriving themselves of the pleasures and dangers of cuckoldom.


Author: Thomas Otway
Adapted by: Peter Barnes
Music: Christopher Whelan
Director: Martin Jenkins
Beaugard, a Captain and Gentleman: Denis Quilley
Courtine, a Captain: John Rowe
Lady Dunce, a married 'widow': Dilys Laye
Sylvia, a virgin: Sarah Badel
Sir Jolly Jumble, a pimp: Peter Woodthorpe
Sir Davy Dunce, a cuckold: Arthur Lowe
Fourbin: Henry Knowles
Bloody-bones: Bernard Bresslaw
First whore: Sonia Fraser
Second whore/Sylvia's maid: Eve Karpf
Third whore: Jenny Lee
Vermin: Sion Probert
Constable: Christopher Scott
Landlord/Watchman: John Bott

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The Soldier's Fortune

BBC Radio 3, 24 May 1981 19.10

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