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Theatre 625: The Fanatics


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based on L'Affaire Calas by Stellio Lorenzi, Andre Castelot, Alain Decaux
JOHN PAUL with Alex Scott, Cyril Shaps, Tom Criddle, Richard Caldicot, Hamilton Dyce
Designer, Norman James
Tonight's play is a savage but true account of one man's struggle to right a terrible wrong. In eighteenth-century Toulouse, a Protestant, Jean Calas, was unjustly accused of murdering his son, condemned and atrociously tortured to death. Voltaire was so shocked by this dreadful story that for three bitter years, under constant threat to his own life, he unceasingly fought against a stifling conspiracy of silence.


Unknown: Stellio Lorenzi
Unknown: Andre Castelot
Unknown: Alain Decaux
Unknown: Leonard Rossiter
Unknown: Rosalie Crutchlbv
Unknown: John Paul
Unknown: Alex Scott
Unknown: Cyril Shaps
Unknown: Tom Criddle
Unknown: Hamilton Dyct
Music: Norman Kat
Designer: Norman James
Producer: Michael Bakewill
Directed By: Rudolph Cartier
Jean Calas: John Paul
David de Beaudrigue, Capitoul (Magistrate) of Toulouse: Alan Badel
Moynier, his assistant: Cyril Shaps
Voltaire, poet, playwright, and philosopher: Leonard Rossiter
Dr Tronchin, his physician: Bernard Hepton
Mme Denis, his niece: Vivienni Drummond
Wagniere, his secretary: Peter MacAnn
Maltre Chalier, a lawyer: Alex Scott
Mme Calas: Rosalie Crutchley
Her sons: Louis: Brian Osborne
Her sons: Pierre: Paul Thompson
Lavaysse, naval cadet, Pierre's friend: Matthew Long
Jeannette, the family servant: Nan Marriott-Watson
Mme Durand, a neighbour: Pamela Cundell
Bergerot, a neighbour: Gordon Faith
Corse, a surgeon's assistant: Michael Mundell
Saint-Florentin, Minister State: Richard Caldicot
Duke of Choiseul: Tom Criddle
Laffiteau, leader of the White Penitents: Hamilton Dyce
Father Bourges: Edwin Finn
Assesseur: Robert James
Town Crier: Royston Tickner
Executioner: Milton Reid

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Theatre 625: The Fanatics

BBC Two England, 29 April 1968 21.05

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