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Saturday-Night Theatre: Hail Hero!


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A reinterpretation of history by Mary Stocks adapted for radio by Cynthia Pughe
With David March as Nero
and Gudrun Ure, Richard Hurndall, Mary O'Farrell

Nero is known as the perfect type of blood-thirsty tyrant. In his day, republican sentiment made any emperor fair game, of whom duty required that the worst possible should be said. This play shows how well-intentioned actions might give rise. in a capital seething with gossip, to the kind of stories 'history' records.
Cast in order of speaking:
Nero's fiddle music composed by ALAN PAUL played by WILLIAM MILLER
See page 9


Unknown: David March
Unknown: Nero Ure
Unknown: Cudrun Ure
Unknown: Richard Hurndall
Unknown: Mary O'Farrell
Composed By: Alan Paul
Played By: William Miller
Produced By: Audrey Cameron
The Empress Poppaea, the Divine Augusta: Gudrun Ure
Phaon, Nero's freedman and secretary: Andrew Sachs
Petronius, the Arbiter of Elegance: Richard Hurndall
Neanthe slave-girl: Jane Wenham
Sentry: Stephen Thorne
The Emperor Nero: David March
Locusta, the poisoner: Mary O'Farrell
Thessalus, Court physician: John Ruddock
Seneca, Nero's former tutor: Philip Leaver
Cleon, a Greek man of business: Timothy Harley
Tigellinus, commander of the Praetorian Guard: Hamlyn Benson
Slave-girl: Jo Manning Wilson
Slave-girl: Valerie Kirkbright
Slave-girl: Patricia Leventon
Player: Gordon Gardner
Player: Garard Green
Player: Glyn Dearman

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