Giovanni's Room



James Baldwin's classic novel in its world premiere radio production, set in Paris, 1954.

When handsome blond American David meets the stunning Giovanni in a "bohemian" Parisian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair.

But David's fiancÚ, Hella, returns to Paris and, unable to admit the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened, with calamitous results for all three, especially for Giovanni, whose life descends into murderous tragedy.

Dramatised for radio and directed by leading theatre director Neil Bartlett.


David - Damian Lewis

Father - John Lithgow

Hella - Greta Scacchi

Guillaume - Derek Jacobi

Jacques - Michael Feast

Giovanni - Antonio Magro

Directed by Neil Bartlett

A Bona Broadcasting production for BBC Radio 3.

James Baldwin's classic novel set in Paris in 1954 in its world premiere radio production.