Money

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Samuel West makes his radio directorial debut with a new adaptation by Kate Clanchy of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's vibrant and good-hearted satirical comedy.

Part of the BBC Radio 3 Money Talks season.

The play was recorded on location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, the stately home of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, which he inherited in 1843 shortly after writing 'Money'.

Stars Roger Allam, Celia Imrie and Ian McDiarmid.

The music, specially recorded for the play, is performed by the Endellion String Quartet.

Kate Clanchy's adaptation re-fashions the action around one grand house, modernises the heroine, Clara, and sets the action just before the 1832 Reform Act to accentuate the political plot.

'Money' was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in 1840.

It was an instant success and the play's social commentary, genteel comedy and high romance still resonate and charm today.

Recorded on location at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire.