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British acting icon Ralph Richardson (Our Man in Havana and Long Day's Journey Into Night) stars in this first installment of Theatre Royal’s collection of classic English and Irish radio performances.

In Private Rooms, a one-act by J.B. Priestely, is the story of a mature stage actor befriending a star-struck fan in Vienna (played by Margaret Lockwood). In the second half of this recording, Richardson stars in My Uncle Toby, which was adapted from Laurence’s Sterne’s Tristam Shandy, as a gentle, eccentric old ex-soldier who becomes obsessed with military fortifications after a gruesome battle wound.

Richardson’s sonorous voice and joyful performance make these vintage radio plays a sheer delight.

Summary

Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from English and Irish Literature. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in 'Private Rooms' adapted from the original tale by J. B. Priestly and ‘My Uncle Toby’, adapted from Tristram Shandy, the original tale by Laurence Sterne. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950s by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day, it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood.

Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: “vivid, tense, and compressed.”( Classic radio)

“Craft, like character, ages well.”(Daily Telegraph)

“Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again.” (Sunday Times)

“A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines.” (Radio Times.)

©2011 Heritage Media Ltd (P)2011 Heritage Media Ltd

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