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CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE by John Osborne

in a version by Bill Bryden with Michael Hastings

Broadcast in 2002

John Osborne’s unperformed screenplay of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War encapsulates all the grandeur and folly of war.

Nothing in British military history has ever equalled the tragic farce that was the charge of the Light Brigade. John Osborne’s screenplay captures the spirit of this military disaster in which the fatal mismanagement of the events rested with the Earls of Cardigan (Charles Dance) and Lucan (Sir Donald Sinden), brothers-in-law and sworn enemies for more than thirty years.

The fatal message for the troop to charge was carried by Captain Nolan (Joseph Fiennes) and the whole scene was witnesses by the Commander in Chief, Lord Raglan (Alec McCowen) and General Airey (Geoffrey Palmer) from the heights above the battlefield.

The radio version opens in London with Osborne (Michael Feast) himself writing the screenplay and setting the scene (taken from Osborne’s own directions) in which the characters and situation emerge whereby this giant folly occurred.

A gala charity performance was performed at the Honorable Artillery Company, London on behalf of The Royal Theatrical Fund on Sunday 16th June 2002.

CAST

John Osborne – MICHAEL FEAST

Lord Cardigan – CHARLES DANCE

Morris JASPER – BRITTON

Nolan – JOSEPH FIENNES

Captain Lockwood – TREVOR RAY

Mrs Duberly – LYNNE MILLER

Captain Duberly – GUY LANKESTER

Lady Errol – ANGELA DOUGLAS

Clarissa – CHARLOTTE EMMERSON

General Airey – GEOFFREY PALMER

Lord Raglan – ALEC McCOWEN

Sergeant O’Hara – JAMES ELLIS

Ist Soldier/Braithwaite – JOHN TAMS

2nd Soldier/James – WILLIAM MacBAIN

Lord Lucan – SIR DONALD SINDEN

3rd Soldier/Charteris – ROBERT OATES

Sir George Cathcart – SEBASTIAN GRAHAM JONES

Ballad singer – MICHAEL WATERSON

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Post production – Sebastian Graham Jones

Supervision & Editing – John Tams & Ray Smith

Director – Bill Bryden

Producer – Nicholas Newton

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