Saturday, 10 May 2014

A New Austen Oldie ~ Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Mansfield Park'.

Just two days to go to the airing of a BBC 4, radioplay /adaptation of Austen's 'Mansfield Park'.  Originally recorded in 2003, the old tapes have been dusted-off and gotten ready for a new audience, who will surely find the broadcast even more exciting than the first time around, as leading actor, playing the morally incorruptible Edmund Bertram, is none other than the now very popular, Benedict Cumberbatch.  David Tennant is to play profligate gambler and elder brother, Tom Bertram, which guarantees that this is a radio broadcast not to be missed.

So, radios at the ready one and all!

The 2003 adaptation of Mansfield Park was directed by Sally Avens and originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the Woman's Hour Drama slot

Felicity Jones - Fanny Price
Tim Pigott-Smith - Sir Thomas Bertram
Liza Sadovy - Lady Bertram
David Tennant - Tom
Benedict Cumberbatch - Edmund
Kate Fleetwood - Maria
Julia McKenzie - Mrs. Norris
Toby Jones - Rushworth
James Callis - Henry
Susan Lynch - Mary

The ten episode dramatisation of Mansfield Park can be heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra beginning on Monday 12th May at 2.00pm BST and continuing at the same time every weekday for two weeks.
Click HERE to hear it.