Honoured Actors – Dames & Knights
Wednesday 5 April 2017, 17:00
BBC Radio 4 Extra raises the curtain on a season showcasing our honoured actors – those distinguished artists recognised as dames and knights.
Over three weeks, we’ll be celebrating a selection of these performers with a variety of programmes (many of them new to our network) including drama, documentary, interview and talk.
Our glittering cast list ranges from the first actor to be knighted (Henry Irving
, played by Daniel Massey in Lord Of The Lyceum
- Apr 12th, 11.15am) to the two stars acknowledged in the most recent Honours list: Patricia Routledge
(Dolly’s Mexican Wave
- Apr 13th, 11.15am) and Mark Rylance
(Golden Lads And Girls
– Apr 27th, 6.30am).
Our season begins in the weekend of the annual Olivier Awards and we’ll be marking the work of the first knighted actor to be ennobled: Lord Olivier
is remembered in The Reunion: National Theatre
(with Sir Michael Gambon
, Sir Derek Jacobi
, Dame Maggie Smith
and Dame Joan Plowright
- Apr 8th, 8am) and Philip Ziegler’s biography Olivier
(read by Toby Jones - Apr 10th, 2.45pm). You’ll be able to hear the great actor himself in No End To Dreaming
(Apr 9th, 4.20pm).
Beginning the same week, Sir John Gielgud
shares an extraordinary range of reminiscence about his life in the theatre in An Actor In His Time
(starts Apr 10th, 6.30am).
In our second week, Sir Anthony Hopkins
stars in Howard Brenton and David Hare’s Pravda
(Apr 16th, 8pm) and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas
takes the lead role in Sophocles’ Electra
(Apr 15th, 6am).
Sir Alec Guinness
reads Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting Of The Snark
(Apr 15th, 12pm) and is featured in the Archive On 4 documentary Dark Horse
(Apr 15th, 8am), while legendary actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit
reads a selection from Jonathan Swift’s Satirical Verse
(Apr 16th, 7.15am).
We’ve rummaged in the World Service archive as well, bringing you Marvellous Party
(Apr 27th 10am) in which Dame Dorothy Tutin’s
co-star is Stanley Baxter, playing the real-life role of Sir Noel Coward
You might even find yourself recognising some potential dames and knights among our casts – Frances Barber? Simon Russell Beale? Miriam Margolyes? Michael Sheen?
Settle back as the lights dim and the curtain rises on our season of honoured – and marvellous – actors.
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