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Donald Wolfit and Patric Doonan in 'PUNTILA'

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by Bertolt Brecht and Hella Wuolijoki
Translated by Richard Grenier and Gerhard Nellhaus and adapted by Helena Wood
Other parts played by Ivan Samson and members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Music for the songs composed by Paul Dessau directed by Christopher Whelen
Accordionist, Ivor Beynon Guitarist, Freddie Phillips Produced by John Gibson
The protagonist in this comedy is a great capitalist in one of the Scandinavian countries who feels that the true nature of man is to be good, but that capitalism has made him bad. His personal remedy is to drink whenever possible, since this enables him to be amiable to his fellow men instead of detesting them.


Bertolt Brecht
Hella Wuolijoki
Translated By:
Richard Grenier
Translated By:
Gerhard Nellhaus
Adapted By:
Helena Wood
Played By:
Ivan Samson
Composed By:
Paul Dessau
Directed By:
Christopher Whelen
Ivor Beynon
Freddie Phillips
Produced By:
John Gibson
Llsu, the Milkmaid:
Betty Baskcomb
Donald Wolfit
The Judge:
Cyril Shaps
Patric Doonan
Laina, the Cook:
Mary O'Farrell
The Attaché:
Richard Hurndall
Eva Puntila:
Denise Bryer
Home Brew Emma:
Vivienne Chatterton
The Horse Doctor:
Ivan Samson
Apothecary Miss:
Janette Richer
Telephone Operator:
Daphne Maddox
Jean Lester
The Pastor:
Carleton Hobbs
The Pastor's Wife:
Betty Hardy
A Singer:
John Carolan

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