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Christmas Eve by Nicolai Gogol
Dramatized by Stephen Wyatt
Directed by Sally Avens.
BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Night Theatre - 23.12.1995


Dramatization of Gogol's short story. The story opens in Dikanka, Ukraine. Oksana the witch flies across the night sky; the Devil is trying to steal the the moon and hide it in his pocket. Since it is the night before Christmas, the Devil is free to roam around and torment people as he pleases, so he decides to find a way to get back at the village blacksmith and painter, Vakula, because the hideous portraits of him in the church.


  • The Devil - Nickolas Grace
  • Vakula - Scott Ransome
  • Choub - Peter Jeffrey
  • Oksana - Julia Ford
  • Solokha - Louise Jameson
  • Nikita - Geoffrey Whitehead
  • The Headman - John Hartley
  • The Verger - David Timson
  • Catherine, Tsarina of all the Russias - Patience Tomlinson
  • Nikita's wife - Jane Whittenshaw
  • The Three Ivans - Gavin Muir, Stephen Critchlow, Wayne Foskett
  • Father Kondrati - David Collings
  • Nikolai Gogol - Patrick Barlow

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