Hoffnung - Drawn To Music

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By Alan Stafford.

Starring Matt Lucas and originally broadcast to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gerard Hoffnung's death, the eccentric cartoonist organises the first ever full-scale humorous symphonic concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

It is 1956, and the fruity-voiced raconteur, tuba player and occasional Quasimodo impersonator Gerard Hoffnung is about to unveil his latest madcap scheme, a Hoffnung Music Festival: a full-scale symphonic concert that will bring many of his cartoon creations to life and poke fun at the pomposities of classical music. Will he succeed in filling the Royal Festival Hall with laughter, or will the whole enterprise come crashing to earth like a barrel of bricks?

An all-star cast including Gina McKee, Hugh Bonneville, Jon Glover and Felicity Montagu bring Alan's play to life. Matt Lucas, a long time fan of Hoffnung, brilliantly conveys Gerard Hoffnung's surreal sense of humour and extraordinary voice.

Cast:

Gerard Hoffnung/ Psychiatrist 2....Matt Lucas

Annetta Hoffnung....Gina McKee

Donald Swann/ Ian Messiter....Stephen Boswell

Malcolm Arnold/ Bean....Nicholas Jones

John Amis/ Roy Plomley/ Richard Dimbleby....Jon Glover

Arthur Drummer....Hugh Bonneville

Susan Drummer/ Announcer....Felicity Montagu

Tuba player....Geoff Webb

Pianist....Alan Stafford

Annetta Hoffnung (present day)....herself

Producer: Adam Bromley.

An Above The Title Production for BBC Radio 4.

Comedy by Alan Stafford, exploring the bizarre world of musical humorist Gerard Hoffnung.

It is 1956, and the fruity-voiced raconteur, tuba player and occasional Quasimodo impersonator Gerard Hoffnung is about to unveil his latest madcap scheme, a Hoffnung Music Festival: a full-scale symphonic concert that will bring many of his cartoon creations to life and poke fun at the pomposities of classical music.

Will he succeed in filling the Royal Festival Hall with laughter, or will the whole enterprise come crashing to earth like a barrel of bricks?

Directed by Lissa Evans