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The Dark Tower

Fri 27 Oct - Sat 28 Oct

From £6.00 to £24.00

Orford Church

Part of Britten on the Radio

Friday 27 October 2017 - 7.30pm
Saturday 28 October 2017 - 11.00am

An iconic radio play broadcast live by the BBC in 1946, The Dark Tower is widely acknowledged to be the finest of MacNeice’s many works for radio and one of the most critically acclaimed radio plays of the 20th century. The verse drama – set in the world of myth, but with strong allegorical, autobiographical and even satirical elements – has at its core music by Britten to whom MacNeice dedicated the published script.

As the centrepiece of this Britten Weekend, we recreate that original broadcast under the tower of Orford’s medieval church in front of a live audience. The 12-strong cast act to the microphone in this most imposing and atmospheric of radio studios with Britten’s music and his musical sound-effects played ‘live’. Combining period touches with an entirely fresh approach, this production brings this momentous radio drama collaboration up to date for a contemporary audience.

A radio play by Louis MacNeice
Music by Benjamin Britten

Robin Brooks director
BBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Ziegler conductor

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast this new production of The Dark Tower on Sunday 29 October at 9pm.

The performance will last approximately 105 minutes with an interval of 15 minutes.