Pericles By William Shakespeare
27 November 2005
Drama On 3 –
8.00-9.40pm BBC RADIO 3
Pericles serves as an introduction to many of the great themes
of Shakespeare’s final phase, notably the relationship between
parents and children (and fathers and daughters in particular),
the process of ageing and the getting of wisdom, the passage of
time, and even the grand themes of self-knowledge, forgiveness,
It tells the tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and the rise and fall in his fortunes over a 16-year odyssey.This production is a fresh take on the play as a world journey and a romantic adventure full of tyrants, incest, treason, murder, knights, teenagers, kings, pirates, brothels, sublime poetry, young love, a great hero and The Goddess Diana.
The cast includes Tom Mannion as Pericles and poet Benjamin
Zephaniah as Gower.
The production also taps into contemporary global culture and music, setting out to make a virtue of the play’s unique structure by presenting it as a world odyssey, replacing its Eastern Mediterranean settings with global destinations and cultures.
Producer and Director/Gaynor Macfarlane
Shakespeare's romantic adventure full of tyrants, incest, murder, knights, teenagers, pirates, brothels, sublime poetry, young love, a great hero and the goddess Diana. A multicultural cast, world music and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, give this timeless tale a contemporary twist.
Duration:..........1 hour 40 minutes
Pericles ...... Tom Mannion
Gower ...... Benjamin Zephaniah
Antiochus/Cerimon ...... Raad Rawi
Marina/Antiochus' daughter ...... Helen Longworth
Helicanus ...... Sean Scanlan
Master ...... Dermot Crowley
Fisherman ...... Paul Dinnen
Simonides ...... Lorcan Cranitch
Thaisa ...... Katherine Igoe
Dionyza ...... Adjoa Andoh
Cleon ...... Peter Gevisser
Diana ...... Sian Phillips
Bawd/Lychorida ...... Ayesha Antoine
Philemon/Bolt ...... Nick Sayce
Lysimachus ...... Ifan Meredith
Leonine ...... Delroy Brown
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a startling epic of the trials, heartbreak, and redemption of a warrior who must navigate the dangerous currents of human corruption and angry fate. Join him as he travels across the treacherous oceans of North Africa, ancient Syria, Turkey, and Greece and is forever changed by the comically exotic and morally vague figures he meets. Love, betrayal, laughter, and adventure unfold in this engrossing, yet seldom produced, Shakespearean gem.