Widowers' Houses

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0128md3

Duration:  1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast:  Sunday 03 July 2011

Martin Jarvis directs Ian McKellen, Charles Dance and a starry cast in Bernard Shaw's first play. Written in 1892 it became an immediate success and remains astonishingly relevant in the present property investment world. Funny, observant, incisive in examining moral dilemmas and business ethics. What happens if an Englishman, decent enough in private, shuts his eyes and conscience to the monstrous abuses of the poor by slum landlords, especially if the remedy might affect his own financial security? The theme has resonated down the years.

Cast:
Mr Sartorius ….. Ian McKellen
William Cokane ….. Charles Dance
Lickcheese ….. Tim Pigott-Smith
Harry Trench ….. Dan Stevens
Blanche Sartorius ….. Honeysuckle Weeks
Jessie ….. Siobhan Hayes
The Waiter ….. Jon Glover

Music specially composed by Mark Holden and Michael Lopez
Director: Martin Jarvis
Producer: Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres Production for BBC Radio 3

First broadcast in July 2011.

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