Tennessee Williams - Mad Pilgrimage Of The Flesh

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01Broadway Success And Childhood20140922

Echoes of Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success.

01Broadway Success And Childhood20140922

Echoes of Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success.

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, echoes of Tennessee Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success, The Glass Menagerie.

John Lahr's new and evocative biography of one of America's greatest playwrights vividly illustrates how Tennessee Williams drew on his personal experiences to create some of the most memorable characters of the American stage and screen such as Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura. Drawing on Tennessee Williams's poems, journals and private correspondence with friends and colleagues, Lahr creates a compelling portrait of William's turbulent personal life and his extraordinarily successful career.

John Lahr was the Senior Drama Critic at the New Yorker for twenty years. His other books include, Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

01Broadway Success And Childhood20140922

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, echoes of Tennessee Williams's troubled childhood find their way into his first Broadway success, The Glass Menagerie.

John Lahr's new and evocative biography of one of America's greatest playwrights vividly illustrates how Tennessee Williams drew on his personal experiences to create some of the most memorable characters of the American stage and screen such as Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura. Drawing on Tennessee Williams's poems, journals and private correspondence with friends and colleagues, Lahr creates a compelling portrait of William's turbulent personal life and his extraordinarily successful career.

John Lahr was the Senior Drama Critic at the New Yorker for twenty years. His other books include, Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

02Awakenings20140923

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, Tennessee Williams embarks on a new play, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Marlon Brando attends an unconventional audition for the part of Stanley.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Tennessee Williams embarks on a new play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

03Moon Of Pause20140924

Tennessee Williams sails to Europe, where he makes new friends.

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, Tennessee Williams sails to Europe where he makes new friends. Back home a chance encounter promises love and inspiration for a new play, The Rose Tattoo.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04Testing Times20140925

lie ahead for Tennessee Williams, as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof takes shape.

04Testing Times20140925

Testing times lie ahead for Tennessee Williams, as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof takes shape.

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, testing times lie ahead as Cat on Hot Tin Roof takes shape.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04Testing Times20140925

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, testing times lie ahead as Cat on Hot Tin Roof takes shape.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04Testing Times2014092520140926 (R4)

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, testing times lie ahead as Cat on Hot Tin Roof takes shape.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

05 LASTCrisis Point20140926

Drink and pills lead to a crisis point. A troubled relationship is reflected in a new play

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, drink and pills lead Tennessee Williams to crisis point. His troubled relationship with Frank Merlo is reflected in a new play, Sweet Bird of Youth.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

05 LASTCrisis Point2014092620140927 (R4)

Drink and pills lead to a crisis point. A troubled relationship is reflected in a new play

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, drink and pills lead Tennessee Williams to crisis point. His troubled relationship with Frank Merlo is reflected in a new play, Sweet Bird of Youth.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Drink and pills lead to a crisis point. A troubled relationship is reflected in a new play

The new biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic, John Lahr. In today's episode, drink and pills lead Tennessee Williams to crisis point. His troubled relationship with Frank Merlo is reflected in a new play, Sweet Bird of Youth.

Read by Damian Lewis with Trevor White as the voice of Tennessee Williams and with Elaine Claxton, Bettrys Jones and Ian Conningham.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.