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W. Somerset Maugham: The Vessel of Wrath


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Dramatised by Alun Richards
[Starring] James Booth as Ginger Ted, Sian Phillips as Martha Jones, John Glyn-Jones as The Rev Owen Jones, Ronald Lacey as the Controleur

Ginger Ted is notorious for his drunkenness and 'way with women.' The Rev Jones and his sister abhor this fact. On the night of his release from the penal colony, Ginger and Miss Jones have to spend the night on an uninhabited island. Quaking with apprehension Miss Jones prepares to meet her doom.

"It contained all the usual elements which go towards these plays being so hooking." (Daily Mail)
"The play made excellent entertainment. And there is one thing about Somerset Maugham. If he deals in seamy subjects he does set them in exotic places." (The Times)


Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Dramatised by: Alun Richards
Title music composed by: Wilfred Josephs
Incidental music composed by: Herbert Chappell
Script Editor: Andrew Brown
Designer: Derek Dodd
Producer: Verity Lambert
Director: Gareth Davies
Ginger Ted: James Booth
Martha Jones: Sian Phillips
The Rev Owen Jones: John Glyn-Jones
The Controleur: Ronald Lacey
Chinaman: Fred Choy
Lin-Ling: Angelina Tu
Police Sergeant: Kenneth Kum
House boy: Dave Lee
Clerk: Ahmed Jamal
Prison Officer: Guy Nazarin
Headman's brother: Ken Nazarin
Cox'n: Basil Tang
Engineer: Scully Han

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