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The Primrose Path by Georges Feydeau
Adapted byPeter Barnes from "Le Bourgeon"
Translated by Kate Horn
Directed by Ian Cotterell
Music by Jonathon Gibbs of theBBC Radiophonic Workshop
BBC Radio 3 09.04.1984
Length 02:03:19

Plot[]

A French Farce first performed in 1906.
The setting is the home of an aristocratic family, 19 year old Maurice, the son of the family, is destined for the priesthood and in his mother's eyes a saint. But the conflict between his over religiousity and the temptations of the flesh are causing him to have recurring attacks of the "vapours"
Though critics at the time dismissed Feydeau's works as light entertainment, he is now recognized as one of the great French playwrights of his era. His plays are seen today as precursors to Surrealist and Dada theatre, and the Theatre of the Absurd.
They have been continuously revived and are still performed today.

The Cast[]

  • Comtesse de Plounidec.......Gwen Watford
  • Eugenie Heurteloup..........Dilys Laye
  • Catherine (maid)............Moir Leslie
  • Marquis de Laroche-Tourmel..Aubrey Woods
  • Luc (valet).................Michael Bilton
  • Maurice de Plounidec........Simon Hewitt
  • Huguette....................Wendy Murray
  • Hector Heurteloup...........Richard Pasco
  • L'Abbe Bourset..............Timothy Bateson
  • Dr.Vetille..................Michael Spice
  • M Guerassin.................Christopher Ettridge
  • Etiennette de Marigny.......Penelope Wilton
  • Lieutenant Musignol.........William Eedle
  • Cleo de Montespan...........Pauline Siddle
  • Paulette de Vernandois......Maggie McCarthy
  • Roger (valet)...............Alex Jennings
  • Simone Clovis...............Jane Venham
  • Jaques the Abbe's Gardener..Michael Bilton
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