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by Dino Buzzati
Translated and adapted by HENRY REED with Stephen Murray and Nigel Davenport
Stanley Lebor , Philip Morant Special effects by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Produced by MARTIN ESSLIN Third broadcast Nigel Davenport broadcast by permission of Donald Albery: Patrick Magee. by permission of Robin Fox Partnership
Giovanni Corte, a very lion of a man, gets caught up in the machinery of medicine, hospitals, ageing-death: the play is a satire on a mid-twentieth-century health service, but also, on a deeper level, a modern morality play on the death of a rich man.
8.55*-9.5 Skalkottas Five of his
Ten Sketches for strings played by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra conducted by Szymon Goldberg on a gramophone record


Unknown: Dino Buzzati
Adapted By: Henry Reed
Unknown: Stephen Murray
Unknown: Nigel Davenport
Unknown: Molly Rankin
Unknown: Delia Paton
Unknown: John Graham
Unknown: Stanley Lebor
Produced By: Martin Esslin
Conducted By: Szymon Goldberg
Giovanni Corte: Stephen Murray
His mother: Mary O'Farrell
Anita Corte, his wife: Grizelda Hervey
Bianca Corte, his daughter: Monica Grey
Dr Malvezzi, his family doctor: James Thomason
Professor Claretta: Nigel Davenport
Professor Schroeder: Felix Felton
Gloria, Corte's secretary: Dorit Welles
Menti: Keith Williams
Spanna: John Bryning
Gobbi: Charles Hocgson
Mrs Perozzi: Miriam Karlin
Mascherini: Tom Watson
Patient on the third floor: Patrick Maiee
Nurses.: Janet Burnell
Nurses.: Dorothy Primrose
Nurses.: Gladys Spencer


Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 played by JAMES FRISKIN (piano)

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