By Joseph Roth.
Adapted by Mike Walker from the English translation of the novel by Michael Hofmann.
The story of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is told through the men of the Trotta family, three generations of servants loyal to their emperor.
The story starts at the second half of the 19th century when a Trotta saves the life of Franz Joseph on the battlefield, to the beginning of the 20th when world war and old age wipes the Trottas and their Empire from the map, but not the memory, of Europe.
Joseph Roth....Bill Wallis
Emperor Franz Joseph....John Woodvine
Joseph Trotta/Chojnicki/Postman....Brian Pettifer
Franz Trotta....Richard Bremmer
Carl Joseph Trotta....Elliot Levey
Jacques/Dr Skvoronnek....Clive Swift
Frau Slama/Valli von Taussig....Eleanor Tremain
With Paul Nicolson, Paul Dodgson, David Collins and Chris Garner.
Music arranged and performed by Alexander Balanescu.
Director Tim Dee
The story of the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, told through three generations of loyal servants to the Emperor - the men of the Trotta family.
From the second half of the 19th Century when a Trotta saves the life of Franz Joseph on the battlefield, to the beginning of the 20th Century when world war and old age wipe the Trottas and their Empire from the map of Europe.
Directed by Tim Dee