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The Lie


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by Ingmar Bergman
Translated by Paul Britten Austin
with Frank Finlay as Andrew Firth, Gemma Jones as Anna Firth, John Carson as Ellis Anderson, Mark Dignam as Anna's Father, Annette Crosbie as Katherine, Caroline Blakiston as Esther and Joss Ackland as Albert

The smooth surface of a marriage cracks into violence in this first British television play by Sweden's best-known film director-writer.

"This is marriage with the lid off ...quite outside the conventional range of TV drama" (Daily Express)
"...superlatively played by Frank Finlay and Gemma Jones and a positive galaxy of distinguished players in tiny parts... admiration and enjoyment came together most exceptionally" (Sunday Times)
"...very disturbing play, and a very good one... a play of real substance and private insights" (The Guardian)
Winner of the SFTA award for best drama production of 1970.
(Radio Times People: page 4)


Author: Ingmar Bergman
Translated by: Paul Britten Austin
Script Editor: Ann Scott
Music: Marc Wilkinson
Film editor: Ken Pierce
Film Cameraman: Brian Tufano
Designer: Richard Henry
Producer: Graeme McDonald
Director: Alan Bridges
Andrew Firth: Frank Finlay
Anna Firth: Gemma Jones
Ellis Anderson: John Carson
Anna's father: Mark Dignam
Katherine: Annette Crosbie
Esther: Caroline Blakiston
Albert: Joss Ackland
Henry: Adam Tandy
Veronica: Lysandre De La Hay
Housekeeper: Patricia Lawrence
Andrew's secretary: Gwen Cherrell
Mr Arnold: John Nettleton
Fisher: Alan Rothwell
Whiteley: Richard O'Sullivan
Macleod: Donald Douglas
Ministry official: Richard Burrell
Ministry official: Alan Rowe
Ministry official: Robert Sansom
Ministry official: Tony Wright
Frederick St John: Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Jane St John: Joan Newell
Jill Anderson: Jennifer Daniel
Dr Ernest Farman: Noel Coleman
Margaret Farman: Liane Aukin
Stephen Calman: Terence Bayler
Petra Caiman: Donna Reading
Sir James Brenton: John Carlin
Lady Emma Brenton: Shirley Cain
Daughter: Caroline Weller
Daughter: Susan Porter

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