Scribblers by Steve Waters

bookshelves: summer-2015, historical-fiction, play-dramatisation, politics, published-2015

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read on July 06, 2015

Description: Dramatising the shadowy relationship between the state and the stage in the 1730s, ‘Scribblers’ focuses on the relationship between young playwright Henry Fielding and the First Minister Robert Walpole. Tracking back and forth between high politics and the emergence of a fringe theatre of real dissent, it explores the premature birth of political theatre through the mad-cap work of Fielding before it was strangled by the Licensing Act of 1737.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu ….. Niamh Cusack
Robert Walpole ….. David Troughton
Henry Fielding ….. Carl Prekopp
James Ralph/Lord Hervey ….. Trevor White
Nicholas Paxton/Henry Giffard ….. Peter Hamilton Dyer
Molly Skerrett ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Charlotte Charke ….. Laura Elphinstone

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