A variety of Peter Barnes monologues are shown to the online audience – and you can get a first look at a show here.
Produced by Original Theater Company and Perfectly Normal Productions, the four-part series will star Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough, directed by Philip Franks and Charlotte Peters.
The monologues will be available online from February 18 to July 31 and will be filmed at Theater Royal Windsor before being made available.
Peters will send Culshaw Billy & Me, while Franks directs the three other monologues, including a brand new piece by Barnes Real born Englishman, provided by Scarborough.
Co-producer David Morley said, “” All our monologues are from the work of Peter Barnes on behalf of BBC Radio 3. Rosa comes from a series called Barnes’ peopleaired in 1981 and originally performed by Judi Dench. Losing myself and Billy and me were from a second series on BBC Radio 3 called More people from BarnesThese were broadcast between 1989 and 1990. Jeremy Irons was in Losing myself and Alan Rickman played Jennings Billy and meThe controversial game in our four is A true native EnglishmanThis was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as part of More people from Barnes
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It was cast with Antony Sher in the role and scheduled, but when the production team referred the script to senior management, they decided not to move forward. Peter Barnes described this as ‘banning’ the play because of its royal family theme, which the BBC denied. “
Each monologue lasts 20 minutes and includes film direction and editing by Tristan Shepherd. Sound design is by Max Pappenheim, digital production design by David Woodhead, costume supervision by Siobhan Boyd and production management by Felix Dunning.
Barnes’ people is filmed at Theater Royal Windsor with the help of the theatre’s co-directors Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley, technical and production manager Andi Manzi and head of lighting Will Brann.
Tickets are now on sale via the Original Theater Company website. English subtitles are available