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The Nosebag is a radio play by Louis MacNeice. It was first broadcast on the BBC Home Service on 13 March 1944[1].


A dramatization of the Russian folk story A Soldier and Death.


  • Soldier - Roy Emerton[2]
  • Third Beggar - Bryan Powley
  • Landlord - Ivor Barnard
  • Marya - Molly Rankin
  • Chamberlain - Malcolm Graeme
  • Tsar - Peter Ustinov
  • Devil Captain - Howard Marion-Crawford
  • Little Devil - John Gilpin
  • Death - Gladys Young

Directed by Louis MacNeice

Critical Reception[]


  1. [Drakakis, John (editor). British Radio Drama. Cambridge University Press 1981.]
  2. MacNeice, Louis. The Dark Tower and Other Radio Scripts Faber and Faber 2008