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by JEAN COCTEAU with Coral Browne as Jocasta
Albert Finney as Oedipus and Miles Malleson
Catherine Dolan , Heron Carvic
The English version by Carl Wildman edited for radio by Carl Wildmao and H. B. Fortuin
Music by Tristram Cary with special effects by the Radiophonic Workshop
* Listener, wound up here to the full so that the spring will slowly unwind the whole length of a human life, is one of the most perfect machines constructed by the infernal gods for the mathematical destruction of a human being.'
How Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx and through parricide and incest is made to face human destiny in a world which could be ancient Greece or modern Europe.
Characters in order of speaking
Music conducted by the composer
Production by H. B. FORTUIN
DURING THE INTERVAL (9.0-9.10 app.)
Movements from
Andre Jolivet 's Delphic Suite played by an instrumental ensemble directed by the composer on a gramophone record


Unknown: Jean Cocteau
Unknown: Coral Browne
Unknown: Albert Finney
Unknown: Miles Malleson
Unknown: Catherine Dolan
Unknown: Heron Carvic
Unknown: Carl Wildman
Unknown: Carl Wildmao
Unknown: H. B. Fortuin
Music By: Tristram Cary
Production By: H. B. Fortuin
Unknown: Andre Jolivet
The Voice: Douglas Storm
The Young Soldier: Nicholas Edmett
The Soldier: Tom Watson
The Captain: John Bryning
Jocasta the Queen, widow of Laius: Coral Browne
Tiresias, a soothsayer, nearly blind: Miles Malleson
The Ghost of Laius, the dead King: Charles Simon
The Sphinx: Catherine Dolan
Anubis, Egyptian god of the dead: Heron Carvic
The Theban Matron: Kathleen Helme
Oedipus, son of Laius: Albert Finney
Creon, brother of Laius: Wilfred Babbage
A Drunk: Julian Somers
The Messenger from Corinth: Keith Buckley
The Shepherd of Laius: Arthur Ridley
Antigone, daughter of Oedipus: Judy Horn

: Nielsen

Arne Skjold Rasmussen (piano)
Piano Music for young and old (1930)
Suite (1919)
Recorded In Copenhagen by courtesy of Danmarks Radio
Last of three programmes of Nielsen's piano music


Piano: Arne Skjold Rasmussen

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