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'There are Crimes and Crimes'


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Adapted for broadcasting by DULCIMA GLASBY
Produced by HOWARD Rose
THOSE who missed the previous broadcast of this play in 1928, or who only know their Strindberg from the recent stage revivals of The Father and The Dance of Death, may rub their eyes to see the term Comedy' associated with any of his work. The truth is that the great Swedish dramatist, like our own Shakespeare, passed through a dark period in his middle years. There are Crime... and Crimes, written in 1899 at the age of fifty, was the play that marked a final victory ovr.- the forces of gloom. Strindberg himself described the mood of the play as ' Light after darkness ; new productivity . with recovered Faith, Hope and Love—and with fult rock-firm Certitude.' The gist of the play is best given in the words of one of the principal characters : ' There are crimes not mentioned in the criminal code, and these are the worst of all, for they have to be punished by ourselves.' Definitely a play with a vital spiritual message — a sermon in dramatic form, if you will— but a comedy, nevertheless !


Comedy By: August Strindberg
Broadcasting By: Dulcima Glasby
Produced By: Howard Rose

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'There are Crimes and Crimes'

National Programme Daventry, 25 April 1932 21.40

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