Girl With A Pearl Earring

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0120200511‘I gazed at him over my shoulder. My ear was burning, the weight of the pearl pulling at the lobe…’

Who is the young woman in Vermeer’s famous painting? And why are her eyes brimming with tears?

Tracy Chevalier’s much-loved novel vividly imagines the story behind the gaze of the unknown model in Vermeer’s painting and what her relationship with the renowned artist might have been. This dramatisation by Ayeesha Menon is the first for radio.

A fine cast includes Khalid Abdalla, Hattie Morahan, Tom Goodman-Hill and Eleanor Bron. Libby Mai, a second year student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, makes her BBC debut as the passionate and artistically gifted young heroine.

Recorded on location at Keats House, in Hampstead.

Featuring 17th century Dutch harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, performed by Tim Motz and recorded at Handel House in London especially for the drama.

Episode 1: When Griet, a 16-year-old from a poor family, is forced to become a servant in Vermeer’s household, her world is shattered. She crosses Delft to the grand house where the artist is creating his 1660s masterpieces in his attic studio.

Cast in order of appearance:
Tanneke ….. Laura Elphinstone
Griet ….. Libby Mai
Franciscus ….. Liam Howes
Agnes ….. Flora Froment
Griet’s Mother ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Catharina ….. Hattie Morahan
Vermeer ….. Khalid Abdalla
Griet’s Father ….. Rufus Wright
Cornelia ….. Mia Wilks
Maria Thins ….. Eleanor Bron
Pieter ….. Tom Glenister

Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton

Director / Producer: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4

Dramatisation of Tracy Chevalier\u2019s much-loved novel about Vermeer\u2019s famous painting.

Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer's famous painting.

0120200511Dramatisation of Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about Vermeer's famous painting.

Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer's famous painting.

0220200512
0220200512Tracy Chevalier’s much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer’s famous painting and what her relationship with the renowned artist might have been. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon.

Libby Mai, a second year student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, makes her BBC debut as the passionate and artistically gifted young heroine.

Recorded on location at Keats House, in Hampstead.

Featuring 17th century Dutch harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, performed by Tim Motz and recorded at Handel House in London especially for the drama.

Episode 2: Griet, an innocent girl from a poor family, is working as the lowest servant in the house of the painter, Vermeer, but his interest in her is growing.

Cast in order of appearance:
Griet ….. Libby Mai
Vermeer ….. Khalid Abdalla
Pieter ….. Tom Glenister
Tanneke ….. Laura Elphinstone
Maria Thins ….. Eleanor Bron
Catharina ….. Hattie Morahan
Van Ruijven ….. Tom Goodman-Hill
Griet’s Mother ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Griet’s Father ….. Rufus Wright
Maertge ….. Flora Froment
Cornelia ….. Mia Wilks
Van Leeuwenhoek ….. Ben Crowe

Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton

Director / Producer: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4

Dramatisation of Tracy Chevalier\u2019s much-loved novel about Vermeer\u2019s famous painting.

Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer's famous painting.

0320200513
0320200513Tracy Chevalier’s much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer’s famous painting and what her relationship with the renowned artist might have been. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon.

Libby Mai, a second year student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, makes her BBC debut as the passionate and artistically gifted young heroine.

Recorded on location at Keats House, in Hampstead.

Featuring 17th century Dutch harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, performed by Tim Motz and recorded at Handel House in London especially for the drama.

Episode 3: It’s 1665. A year has passed since Griet became a servant in the house of the painter Vermeer and his wife Catharina has given birth to a son, Franciscus. Now, Vermeer wants Griet to work in another capacity.

Cast in order of appearance:
Griet ….. Libby Mai
Catharina ….. Hattie Morahan
Tanneke ….. Laura Elphinstone
Vermeer ….. Khalid Abdalla
Griet’s Father ….. Rufus Wright
Pieter ….. Tom Glenister
Griet’s Mother ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Maria Thins ….. Eleanor Bron
Cornelia ….. Mia Wilks
Van Ruijven ….. Tom Goodman-Hill

Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton

Director / Producer: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4

Dramatisation of Tracy Chevalier\u2019s much-loved novel about Vermeer\u2019s famous painting.

Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer's famous painting.

0420200514
0420200514Tracy Chevalier’s much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer’s famous painting and what her relationship with the renowned artist might have been. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon.

Libby Mai, a second year student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, makes her BBC debut as the passionate and artistically gifted young heroine.

Recorded on location at Keats House, in Hampstead.

Featuring 17th century Dutch harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, performed by Tim Motz and recorded at Handel House in London especially for the drama.

Episode 4: At the request of Vermeer’s wealthy manipulative patron, Van Ruijven, the young servant, Griet, is now sitting for a painting by Vermeer.

Cast in order of appearance:
Vermeer ….. Khalid Abdalla
Griet ….. Libby Mai
Pieter ….. Tom Glenister
Catharina ….. Hattie Morahan
Griet’s Mother ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Griet’s Father ….. Rufus Wright
Van Ruijven ….. Tom Goodman-Hill
Cornelia ….. Mia Wilks
Tanneke ….. Laura Elphinstone

Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton

Director / Producer: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4

Dramatisation of Tracy Chevalier\u2019s much-loved novel about Vermeer\u2019s famous painting.

Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer's famous painting.

0520200515
0520200515Tracy Chevalier’s much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer’s famous painting and what her relationship with the renowned artist might have been. Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon.

Libby Mai, a second year student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, makes her BBC debut as the passionate and artistically gifted young heroine.

Recorded on location at Keats House, in Hampstead.

Featuring 17th century Dutch harpsichord music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, performed by Tim Motz and recorded at Handel House in London especially for the drama.

Episode 5: Life carries on in the house of Vermeer – his wife Catharina is now six months pregnant and their jealous daughter Cornelia is ever watchful. Meanwhile, in the attic studio behind a closed door, the young servant Griet sits for the painter, wearing his wife’s earrings.

Cast in order of appearance:
Griet ….. Libby Mai
Vermeer ….. Khalid Abdalla
Cornelia ….. Mia Wilks
Pieter’s Father / Van Leeuwenhoek ….. Ben Crowe
Maria Thins ….. Eleanor Bron
Tanneke ….. Laura Elphinstone
Catharina ….. Hattie Morahan
Franciscus ….. Liam Howes
Griet’s Mother ….. Jane Whittenshaw
Adult Cornelia ….. Lissie Minnitt
Pawn Broker ….. Tom Goodman-Hill

Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
Sound Designer: David Chilton

Director / Producer: Amber Barnfather

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4

Dramatisation of Tracy Chevalier\u2019s much-loved novel about Vermeer\u2019s famous painting.

Tracy Chevalier's much-loved novel about the unknown model in Vermeer's famous painting.