By Hilary Mantel.
Maria Theresa von Paradis was the daughter of a Viennese court official in the late 18th century.
A musical prodigy, she lost her sight in early childhood.
In an attempt to cure her blindness, her parents approached Anton Mesmer, not yet famous, but already controversial.
Soon she began to regain her vision, but as she did, her musical talent seemed to deteriorate.
A public and scientific scandal ensued.
Von Paradis....Neil Dudgeon
Madame Von Paradis....Lia Williams
Anna Mesmer....Jenny Howe
Marie Antoinette....Emily Bruni
Dr Stoerk....John Rowe
King Louis....Paul Panting
Director Marilyn Imrie.