|20120624||20130303||A comedy focusing on a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. With Celia Imrie as Elizabeth I.|
A new comedy by MARTYN WADE about Elizabethan Real Tennis culminates in an epic match, poetry and death by strawberries and cream. Recorded on location.CELIA IMRIE stars as Elizabeth I and DAVID TROUGHTON won Best Supporting Actor in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013.
Inspired by past events at Wimbledon, this comedy by MARTYN WADE takes as its theme a famous duel between Elizabethan rivals the Earl of Oxford and Philip Sidney on a Real tennis court. Having failed to satisfy an argument with a more traditional duel, the pair resort to a five-set game in front of Queen Elizabeth herself - the outcome of which will decide not only personal pride but also the marital fate of the Queen, as she decrees that proposed nuptials with a French duke will only take place if Oxford wins...
Queen Elizabeth - CELIA IMRIE
Simier - ALEX JENNINGS
Earl of Leicester - DAVID TROUGHTON
Earl of Oxford - NICHOLAS BOULTON
Philip Sidney - THOM TUCK
Duke of Anjou - MICHAEL MALONEY
Crick - GEOFFREY WHITEHEAD
Benjamin - PHILIP FOX
William - CARL PREKOPP
Spectator - Nick Saunter
Tennis scenes recorded at the Millennium Real Tennis Court, Middlesex University
Director CHERRY COOKSON
First broadcast in June 2012.