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Sunday Play: The Butcher of Baghdad


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by John Spurling. The first in a short season, entitled
Terrible Tyrants, featuring dramas about despotism. The mother of all battles has begun. In a bunker under Baghdad, the president's beautiful mistress soothes him with stories of a legendary
Arabian Nights caliph and the poet who denounced his regime. The story seems to reflect glory on the ruthless president, but will he survive this latest threat?
Director Richard Wortley IRpt)


Unknown: John Spurling.
Director: Richard Wortley
President: Brian Glover
Caliph: Edward de Souza
Shahrazad: Jenny Funnell
Ishak: David Thorpe
Jafar: John Church
Masrur: Colin McFarlane
President's wife: Jill Graham
Queen Zobeidah: Kate Binchy
Ai-Zalamah: Steve Hodson
Al-Hadi: David Holt
Hairvili: Gordon Reid
Mizr WadiHathi: John Baddeley
Hassan: Keith Drinkel
Pervaneh: Federay Holmes
Rafi: James Telfer

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Sunday Play: The Butcher of Baghdad

BBC Radio 3, 17 July 1994 21.40

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