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BOTW01Broadway Success And Childhood20140922The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, echoes of Tennessee Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success, The Glass Menagerie.
John Lahr's new and evocative biography of one of America's greatest playwrights vividly illustrates how Tennessee Williams drew on his personal experiences to create some of the most memorable characters of the American stage and screen such as Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura. Drawing on Tennessee Williams's poems, journals and private correspondence with friends and colleagues, Lahr creates a compelling portrait of William's turbulent personal life and his extraordinarily successful career.
John Lahr was the Senior Drama Critic at the New Yorker for twenty years. His other books include, Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton.
Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW01Broadway Success And Childhood20140922Echoes of Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success.
BOTW04Testing Times20140925The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, testing times lie ahead as Cat on Hot Tin Roof takes shape.
Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW04Testing Times20140925lie ahead for Tennessee Williams, as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof takes shape.
BOTW04Testing Times2014092520140926 (R4)The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, testing times lie ahead as Cat on Hot Tin Roof takes shape.
Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW05 LASTCrisis Point20140926R4*20140927
ThenewbiographyofAmerica'sgreatplaywrightbytheacclaimedtheatrecritic,JohnLahr.Intoday'sepisode,drinkandpillsleadTennesseeWilliamstocrisispoint.HistroubledrelationshipwithFrankMerloisreflectedinanewplay,SweetBirdofYouth.
ReadbyDamianLewiswithTrevorWhiteasthevoiceofTennesseeWilliamsandwithElaineClaxton,BettrysJonesandIanConningham.
AbridgedbyRichardHamilton
ProducedbyElizabethAllard.
Drinkandpillsleadtoacrisispoint.Atroubledrelationshipisreflectedinanewplay
ThenewbiographyofAmerica'sgreatplaywrightbytheacclaimedtheatrecritic,JohnLahr.Intoday'sepisode,drinkandpillsleadTennesseeWilliamstocrisispoint.HistroubledrelationshipwithFrankMerloisreflectedinanewplay,SweetBirdofYouth.
ReadbyDamianLewiswithTrevorWhiteasthevoiceofTennesseeWilliamsandwithElaineClaxton,BettrysJonesandIanConningham.
AbridgedbyRichardHamilton
ProducedbyElizabethAllard.
Drink and pills lead to a crisis point. A troubled relationship is reflected in a new play
BOTW022014092320140924Tennessee Williams embarks on a new play, A Streetcar Named Desire.
BOTW022014092320140924The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, Tennessee Williams embarks on a new play, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Marlon Brando attends an unconventional audition for the part of Stanley.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW02Awakenings20140923The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, Tennessee Williams embarks on a new play, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Marlon Brando attends an unconventional audition for the part of Stanley.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW03Moon Of Pause20140924The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, Tennessee Williams sails to Europe where he makes new friends. Back home a chance encounter promises love and inspiration for a new play, The Rose Tattoo.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.
BOTW03Moon Of Pause2014092420140925Tennessee Williams sails to Europe, where he makes new friends.
BOTW03Moon Of Pause2014092420140925Tennessee Williams sails to Europe, where he makes new friends.

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