Singles And Doublets

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A comedy focusing on a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. With Celia Imrie as Elizabeth I.

A new comedy by Martyn Wade about Elizabethan Real Tennis culminates in an epic match, poetry and death by strawberries and cream. Recorded on location. Celia Imrie stars as Elizabeth I and David Troughton won Best Supporting Actor in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013.

Inspired by past events at Wimbledon, this comedy by Martyn Wade takes as its theme a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. Having failed to satisfy an argument with a more traditional duel, the pair resort to a five-set game in front of Queen Elizabeth herself - the outcome of which will decide not only personal pride but also the marital fate of the Queen, as she decrees that proposed nuptials with a French duke will only take place if Oxford wins...

Queen Elizabeth - Celia Imrie

Simier - Alex Jennings

Earl of Leicester - David Troughton

Earl of Oxford - Nicholas Boulton

Philip Sidney - Thom Tuck

Duke of Anjou - Michael Maloney

Crick - Geoffrey Whitehead

Benjamin - Philip Fox

William - Carl Prekopp

Spectator - Nick Saunter

Tennis scenes recorded at the Millennium Real Tennis Court, Middlesex University

Director Cherry Cookson

First broadcast in June 2012.