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The Friday Play: The Third Soldier Holds His Thighs


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Twenty five years ago the morality campaigner Mrs Mary Whitehouse brought a prosecution against Michael Bogdanov, director of the National Theatre, over the production of Howard Brenton's The Romans in Britain, which included a simulated male rape. Based on interviews, transcripts and diaries, Mark Lawson's drama-documentary reconstructs the events of this famous freedom-of-speech case from rehearsals to the sensational trial at the Old Bailey. Actors Peter Sproule and Greg Hicks appear as themselves, with Eleanor Bron as Mrs Mary Whitehouse and Simon Callow as Peter Hall.
Producer Robyn Read: Director Simon Curtis
Mark Lawson on theatre in the dock: page 123


Unknown: Mrs Mary Whitehouse
Unknown: Michael Bogdanov
Unknown: Howard Brenton
Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: Peter Sproule
Unknown: Greg Hicks
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Unknown: Mrs Marv Whitehouse
Unknown: Simon Callow
Unknown: Peter Hall.
Director: Simon Curtis
Director: Mark Lawson
Mary Whitehouse: Eleanor Bron
Peter Hall: Simon Callow
Howard Brenton: Ron Cook
Greg Hicks: Himself
Peter Sproule: Himself
Michael Bogdanov: Daniel Evans
Narrator: Ewan Bailey
Ross Cornes: Jon Glover
Judge: Geoffrey Whitehead
Lord Rayne: Peter Wlckham
Geoffrey Robertson: Mark Straker

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The Friday Play: The Third Soldier Holds His Thighs

BBC Radio 4 FM, 18 February 2005 21.00

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