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Artist Descending A Staircase: A Play

Artist Descending A Staircase: A Play - Tom Stoppard

bookshelves: art-forms, fraudio, amusing, mystery-thriller, play-dramatisation, philosophy, published-1972

Read in October, 2009




Ex Head of Radio Drama John Tydeman presents this week's World Theatre from Tom Stoppard. When Martello and Beauchamp discover their room-mate, Donner, dead at the bottom of the staircase, each believes the other to be responsible for committing the murder. Beauchamp is a sound artist interested in the sounds of daily living and has managed to record the last steps of Donner... and it seems that he knew his killer.

Written for and first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on November 14, 1972; directed by John Tydeman, starring Stephen Murray, Rolf Lefebvre, Carleton Hobbs, Fiona Walker, Michael Spice, Peter Egan, Dinsdale Landen. Also performed as a stage play. First stage performance was at the King's Head Theatre, London (dir. Tim Luscombe) on August 2, 1988, transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre on December 7, 1988. First US production at the Helen Hayes Theatre, NYC (dir. Tim Luscombe) on November 30, 1989.