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A Monstrous Vitality is a radio play by Andy Merriman, based on the life of actress Margaret Rutherford. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 07 June 2011, as an installment of the Afternoon Play[1]. June Whitfield was nominated for the 2011 BBC Audio Drama Awards in the category of Best Actress for her performance as Margaret Rutherford.


June Whitfield stars as the indomitable actress Margaret Rutherford in a tale of chimpanzees, Jordanian Princes, an adoring husband and falling in love with a musician 30 years her junior.


  • Margaret ..... June Whitfield
  • Malcolm ..... Ryan McCluskey
  • Stringer ..... Sean Baker
  • Rumer ..... Gabrielle Lloyd
  • Prince Juan ..... Adeel Akhtar
  • Driver ..... Lloyd Thomas
  • Chimp trainer ..... Sally Orrock
  • Doctor ..... Sam Dale
  • Directed by David Hunter

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