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The Friday Play: The Price of Light


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Maria Theresia von Paradis was a musical prodigy who lost her sight in early childhood. In an attempt to cure her blindness, her parents approached Anton Mesmer, not yet famous, but already controversial. Soon she began to regain her vision, but as she did, her musical talent seemed to deteriorate. A public and scientific scandal ensued. By Hilary Mantel.


Writer: Hilary Mantel.
Harpsichordist: Robin Bigwood
Producer/Director: Marilyn Imrie
Maria: Teresa Gallagher
Mesmer: Michael Maloney
M. von Paradis: Neil Dudgeon
Mme von Paradis: Lia Williams
Empress: Eleanor Bron
Anna: Jenny Howe
Marie Antoinette: Emily Bruni
Dr. Stoerk: John Rowe
King Louis: Paul Panting

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