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Queen in Death

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by Henry de Montherlant
Translated by Robert Baldick with Stephen Murray and Jill Bennett
Other parts played by members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Third broadcast
Written for the Comedie Francaise during the German Occupation, Queen in Death is in part a study of the uses and abuses of power (which, fortunately for the author, was misunderstood by the Gestapo), but also a study of the ambiguity and frailty of human nature when confronted by a conflict of good and evil. The action is set in Portugal in a Renaissance period.
During the interval in the performance of the play:
Two movements from First Suite of Ancient Airs and Dances for the lute, played by the Philharmonia Hungarica, conducted by Antal Dorati : gramophone record


Translated By:
Robert Baldick
Stephen Hurray
Jill Bennett
Produced By:
Charles Lefeaux
Conducted By:
Antal Dorati
The Infanta of Navarre:
Valerie Hanson
The Infante of Navarre:
William Eedle
Ferrante, King of Portugal:
Stephen Murray
Don Manoel Ocavo:
Derek Birch
Prince Don Pedro:
John Rye
Ines de Castro:
Jill Bennett
Don Christoval:
Keith Williams
Lieutenant Martins:
Harold Reese
Egas Coelho, the Prime Minister:
Edgar Wreford
Alvar Goncalves, a councillor:
Haydn Jones
Dino del Moro, the King's page:
Anthony Reese
Captain Batalha:
Tom Watson

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