A radio-dramatic reconstruction of the Duke of Monmouth's attempt to seize the throne of England
This programme, which was given its first performance a year ago, traces from contemporary authorities the events which culminated in, and followed after, the Battle of Sedgmoor, fought on July 6, 1685, the last battle on English soil
Of the Royalists
James II, King of England
Mr. Finch, Solicitor-General
The Earl of Sunderland, Secretary of State
Mr. Dasse!, Customs Official at Lyme Thomas Ken , Bishop of Bath and Wells Francis Turner , Bishop of Ely
Dr. Thomas Tenison, Rector of St.
Sir George Jeffreys , Chief Justice of the King's Bench
The Royalist Narrator
Of the Rebels
James, Duke of Monmouth Lady Henrietta Wentworth
Lord Grey Robert Ferguson
Godfrey, servant to Mr. Sparkes of Chedzoy
The Rebel Narrator
Rebels and Prisoners
The cast will include
ROBERT FARQUHARSON ; HAROLD SCOTT ; GLEN BYAM SHAW ; GWENDOLEN EVANS , GORDON McLEOD ; HENRY HALLATT ; LESLIE PERRINS ; BREMBER WILLS: FRANCIS DE WOLFF ; J. B. ROWE ; CYRIL NASH; IVAN SAMSON ; RONALD SIMPSON ; JOHN MILLER ; STANLEY
VINE; JOAN CHURCH
The programme written and produced by FELIX FELTON
This programme is entirely reconstructed from original documents. The music chosen is all from the fourth Symphony of Tchaikovsky. The battle itself is expressed musically.
The story begins at the accession of James II, with the plots in Holland made by Lord Grey, Ferguson, and others against him. The character of Monmouth is interpreted as that of a young man persuaded to lead the rebellion by unscrupulous political racketeers. It ends with the fate of the Puritan rebels who awaited the coming of Judge Jeffreys in the prisons of the west, but the emotions aroused during this rebellion came into force again later on, in the invasion of the Prince of Orange.
The whole campaign is full of exciting episodes.
Lord Grey Robert