By Johann Wolfgang Goethe, translated by John R.
Adapted and directed by David Timson, with music composed by Roger Marsh.
Goethe's Faust, one of the pillars of Western literature, is presented in a dramatisation by David Timson.
In Part 1, following an agreement between Mephistopheles and The Lord, the scholar Faust is tempted into a contract with the Devil.
His life is changed and he plunges into the enjoyment of sensuality until his emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, leading to a tragic outcome.
Part 2, written much later in Goethe's life, presents a series of episodic scenes in which the poet places his eponymous hero in a variety of surprising circumstances reflecting the predicament of humanity.
Funny, reflective and moving, this dramatisation shows why Goethe's Faust had such a massive influence on Western culture.
Faust - Samuel West
Mephistopheles - Toby Jones
Gretchen - Anna Maxwell Martin
The Lord - Derek Jacobi
Wagner (Faust's assistant) - Stephen Critchlow
Martha - Joannah Tincey
Valentin (Gretchen's brother) - Peter Kenny
Helen - Emily Raymond
The Emperor - Gunnar Cauthery
The Earth Spirit and Thales - Sean Barrett
Lord Chancellor and Anaxagoras - Hugh Dickson
Homunculus - Anne-Marie Piazza
Nereus - Gerard Horan
Chiron and Proteus -
Manto and Panthalis - Auriol Smith
Euphorion - Daniel Mair
Music by Roger Marsh
Musicians: The 24, directed by the composer with Peyee Chen (soprano) Georgina Wells (harp) and Mark Hutchinson (oboe)
Sound Design and Additional Music by Norman Goodman.
Adapted and Directed by David Timson.
Producer: Nicolas Soames.
An Ukemi Production for Radio 3.
Goethe's epic reflection on the predicament of humanity.
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Another chance to hear two plays by Harold Pinter, in tribute to the playwright who died in 2008.
music by Elizabeth Parker
first performed in 1993, this radio production of pinter's play was recorded to mark his 70th birthday.
andy, a middle aged civil servant, lies in his bed, dying.
his wife tries desperately to bring his estranged adult sons to his side.
bridging these two worlds is the haunting presence of the daughter they have lost.
one of pinter's last dramatic works, this was first broadcast in 2005.
some of the tormentors and the tormented so potently etched in pinter's later plays are brought together with a musical setting by the composer james clarke.
music: apartment house; eileen aagaard; prometheus ensemble; rolande van der paal; etienne siebens; bbc symphony orchestra conducted by martyn brabbins and david porcelijn; fatma mehralieva.
a tribute to Harold Pinter, with his 1993 play moonlight and his 2005 radio piece voices