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The King Must Die by Mary Renault adapted as a serial for radio in five episodes by Cedric Messina with Theseus. journeying to Athens to present himself before King Aigeus. meets with many adventures on the way.
Other parts played by members of the BBC
Drama Repertory Company
Broadcast on June 16, 1963


Unknown: Mary Renault
Unknown: Cedric Messina
Music By: Christopher Whelen
Produced By: Archie Campbell
Theseus: Keith Michell
Theseus: Keith Michell
Persephone, Queen of Eleusis: June Tobin
Bias: Michael Spice
Grandfather: George Merritt
Herdboy: Will Leighton
Pylas, son of Nisor: David Enders
Psyche, a young girl: Elizabeth Morgan
Amyntor, a young man: Glyn Dearman
Xanthus, brother to Persephone: Rolf Lefebvre
Pallans, a warrior: Peter Pratt
Aigeus, King of Athens: Norman Claridge
Medea, his mistress: Margaret Wolpit
Court Chamberlain: George Curzon

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