The Adventures Of Hajji Baba


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An entertainment by MAIDA STANIER based on the novel by JAMES JUSTINIAN MORIER Music by DAVID CAIN


The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan was first published in 1824. The author, James Morier , a diplomat. had been appointed in 1807 to a British Embassy in Persia.

The original book is both a novel and a book of travel. Morier's aim was to present facts in a dramatic fashion but not as a satire. Nevertheless, a humorous sympathy for a strange race and their customs informs and colours these recollections of the pranks of a rascally son of an Ispahan barber, and how he made the Golden Journey - to England.

DAVID MUNROW (South American flutes and woodwind): CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (harpsichord and regal); JAMES BLADES (drums ,and gongs): JAMES TYLER (viols and lute). Music and sound score in collaboration with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Produced by JOHN POWELL

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Music By: David Cain

Unknown: Maida Stanier

Unknown: James Morier

Produced By: John Powell

Hajji Baba and: Derek Seaton

Asker, the poet: Peter Pratt

Fatima, Hajji's mother: Kathleen Helme

Hassan, his father: Brian Haines

Sefer, a schoolmaster: Sean Barrett

Omar, a pea-parcher: Nigel Lambert

Osman, a seller of lambskins: Leonard Fenton

Asian, the Brigand: Sean Arnold

Zeenab, his daughter: Elizabeth Proud

Ahmak, physician to the Shah: Sean Arnold

Mariam, his wife: Marcot Boyd

The Shah of Persia: Clifford Norgate

Dr Robinson: John Pullen