bookshelves: spring-2010, play-dramatisation, war, victorian, classic, published-1894
Recommended for: Radio 3 listeners
Read on March 28, 2010
Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw
with Rory Kinnear and Lydia Leonard. Directed by David Timson
It is 1885, and there is trouble in the Balkans. The Serbians and the Bulgarians are at war.
Raina Petkoff is convinced her fiancé Major Sergius Saranoff will glorify himself in the war and become her hero - but after a dramatic encounter with a down-to-earth Serbian officer who hides in her room, she is brought face to face with the mundane truth about the conflict rather than its glories. The ideals and realities of war, hypocrisy and nationalism are all entertainingly explored in this rare romantic comedy by one of our most acerbic writers.
ARMS AND THE MAN by Bernard Shaw
CAPTAIN BLUNTSCHLI Rory Kinnear
RAINA PETKOFFLydia Leonard
MAJOR SERGIUS SARANOFF Tom Mison
MAJOR PETKOFFHugh Ross
CATHERINE PETKOFF Frances Jeater
LOUKA Jo Herbert
MAJOR PLECHANOFFRoger May
Technical DirectionNorman Goodman
An Ukemi Productions Ltd production for Radio 3.
BBC Radio 3, 8:00pm Sunday 21st March 2010
11:02pm Sunday 28th March 2010
Drama, Classic & Period