The Mysteries Of Udolpho [Drama]

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Hattie Naylor's version of the Gothic novel full of dark deeds and dastardly villains.

Radio 4 drama

y Ann Radcliffe
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor

Directed by Sally Avens

Emily St Aubert is forced to leave France and go and live with her Aunt and her new husband, Count Montoni, in his isolated castle in Italy.
Before long Emily discovers that the castle is a place of nightmares and Montoni a desperate man who will stop at nothing to terrorise both his wife and his niece.

Ann Radcliffe's Gothic romance revelled in both terrorising and titillating its readers. This was the sensational novel of its era, filled with dark deeds, dastardly villains and supposedly supernatural events.
As with many other Gothic novels, The Mysteries of Udolpho has at its centre a powerless young heroine often trapped in a mysterious location and pitted against an evil villain; the book revels in exploring the politics of power, pleasure and pain and sexual desire. Ann Radcliffe felt that terror was superior to horror, which nullified the senses, whereas she preferred to write about the psychological experience of being full of fear and dread manifested through the art of suggestion. Radcliffe was also unusual in always giving a rational explanation for the strange goings on in her novels.

In this dramatisation Hattie Naylor has taken the core of the four volumes of the novel to explore those edicts most at the heart of the Gothic Novel.

by Ann Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe's Gothic romance revelled in both terrorising and titillating its readers. This was the sensational novel of its era, filled with dark deeds, dastardly villains and supposedly supernatural events. Jane Austen took great pleasure in satirising The Mysteries of Udolpho and the craze for all things Gothic in her novel Northanger Abbey. Radio 4 have dramatised both novels and you can hear Austen's comic satire in the 15' Drama slot, featuring the same cast.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

By Ann Radcliffe
Dramatised by Hattie Naylor

CT Morano …. John Bowler
Montoni …. John Dougall
Annette …. Natasha Cowley
Verizzi/Valancourt …. Finlay Robertson
Agnes …. Karen Bartke
Abbess …. Alison Belbin
Emily …. Georgia Groome
Verizzi/Valancourt …. Luke Thompson
Ludovicio/Man …. Stephen Wight
Mme Cheron …. Tracy Wiles

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2016.