Orlando [bab]

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01Boyhood20160201

In Virginia Woolf's boisterous adventure her hero, Orlando, embarks on a tumultuous journey spanning five centuries.

Orlando, "the longest and most charming love letter in literature" was intended for and inspired by Vita Sackville-west and her noble roots. Along with the eponymous hero's adventuring through the ages, Woolf explores what it means to write and the all important question of gender - as relevant and resonant today as it was in the 1920s when she wrote this high spirited novel.

Orlando, is a young nobleman in Tudor England when we first encounter him and he writes the first lines of his poem, The Oak Tree, a poem that he keeps about him as he travels through time. Swept along by his adventures we next find him as he falls in love for the first time with a beautiful Russian princess on the frozen Thames at the court of James I. A desire to write leads to a disastrous meeting with a much admired poet before, under Charles 1, he becomes the king's charismatic ambassador in Constantinople. A dramatic transformation takes place in this opulent city and Orlando continues his adventures as a woman. Returning to eighteenth century London, the life of the poet continues to call, but later the restrictions placed upon Orlando by the Victorian era are impossible to bear. Glimmers of new possibilities arrive with the twentieth century and the promise of fulfilment through love and writing.

Reader: Amanda Hale

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Elizabeth Allard.

02The Muscovite Princess20160202

In Virginia Woolf's boisterous novel Orlando's adventures continue when a beguiling Muscovite princess skates into view on the frozen Thames at the court of James I. The reader is Amanda Hale

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Producer: Elizabeth Allard

03A Lampooning20160203

In Virginia Woolf's spirited novel Orlando aspires to the life of a poet and is compelled to extend an invitation to an admired writer. Read by Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04An Admirer20160204

04An Admirer20160204

In Virginia Woolf's celebrated novel Orlando turns his mind to his noble ancestry and an archduchess demands his attention. Read by Amanda Hale.

04An Admirer20160204

In Virginia Woolf's celebrated novel Orlando turns his mind to his noble ancestry and an archduchess demands his attention. Read by Amanda Hale.

05A Transformation20160205

05A Transformation20160205

In Virginia Woolf's sumptuous novel her eponymous hero has been sent to opulent Constantinople by King Charles I to serve as Ambassador Extraordinary. Whilst there he undergoes a miraculous transformation. The reader is Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

05A Transformation20160205

In Virginia Woolf's sumptuous novel her eponymous hero has been sent to opulent Constantinople by King Charles I to serve as Ambassador Extraordinary. Whilst there he undergoes a miraculous transformation. The reader is Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

06The Enamoured Lady20160208

In Virginia Woolf's high spirited novel her eponymous heroine is preoccupied by the penalties and privileges of womanhood. First off all a sojourn in the mountains of Broussa leads to further reflections on love and nature.

The reader is Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

07Society's Seductions20160209

In Virigina Woolf's boisterous novel Orlando finds herself in eighteenth century England where she is seduced by London society, and intoxicated by the words of the poets. The reader is Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

08Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine, Esquire20160210

In Virginia Woolf's boisterous novel the oppressive nineteenth century dawns, and an extraordinary encounter takes place out on the moor. The reader is Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

Virginia Woolf's high-spirited novel, read by Amanda Hale.

09The Most Influential Critic Of The Victorian Age20160211

Orlando arrives at an ending and a new beginning.

10The Present20160212

In Virginia Woolf's sumptuous novel the present catches up with Orlando's extraordinarily lengthy past. The reader is Amanda Hale.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard