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The Man Born to Be King

The Man Born to Be King

Postby Esther » 06 Apr 2007, 16:49

Does anyone know if the original recording (or, indeed, any recording) of this play cycle by Dorthy Sayers is available?
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Postby Sven » 06 Apr 2007, 19:07

I've never been able to find one. I'd like to have one, myself. I've always wanted to do Pilate's wife's dream (Sequence 6 of play 11, 'The King of Sorrows') as part of an Easter pageant, and it would be help to have a recording of the background voices reciting the Creed.
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Postby loeee » 06 Apr 2007, 19:38

I think about a million years ago my local public library had it on an LP. They don't have LPs anymore. :sad:
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Postby Sven » 06 Apr 2007, 19:46

Here's a quote from the FAQ page at the web site of The Dorothy L Sayers Society:

Can I get a recording of The Man Born to be King?
No.

The BBC has broadcast several different recordings of this ground-breaking radio play cycle since its first performance in 1941/2, but has so far not published any of them on tape or CD. This may be partly due to performing rights issues, but probably they simply don't think they would sell enough copies to make the venture economic, due to the likely high cost (it would be a box set of 12 disks).

If you would be interested in obtaining a copy, we suggest you write to the BBC at marketingteam@bbc.co.uk, and ask them to consider releasing a commercial recording.
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Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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