Marcel Proust

In Search of Lost Time
  • In Search of Lost Time

    • Marcel Proust

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Derek Jacobi (Read by)

    • Frances Barber (Read by)

    • Paterson Joseph (Read by)

    • Simon Russell Beale (Read by)

    • Hattie Morahan (Read by)

    • Robert Glenister (Read by)

    A landmark BBC radio production of Proust's epic masterpiece, starring Derek Jacobi as the narrator, Marcel

    'Beautiful' - Charlotte Runcie, The Telegraph

    Waking in the small hours, Marcel Proust embarks on a retrospective journey, endeavouring to capture the elusive moments that shaped his life. A sip of tea and the taste of a madeleine prompt further recollections, and the floodgates of memory open, pouring forth a torrent of vivid reminiscences.

    Beginning with his childhood summers in Combray, and the long nights waiting for his mother to come and kiss him goodnight, he looks back on the places and people who have had a significant, lasting impact on him. The tragic story of his neighbour Charles Swann's obsessive love for the seductive Odette brings to mind his own youthful experiences and amours in Paris, Balbec and Venice; his mistress, Albertine; his closest companion, Robert; his predatory acquaintance the Baron de Charlus; and his many high-society friends and associates.

    Time, and the Great War, take their toll on Marcel and his circle, rendering the world he knows unrecognizable. But as he attempts to reconcile his past with his present, an encounter with an old flame sparks an epiphany, enabling him to finally become the writer he has always yearned to be...

    Adapted from the French by acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, this superb dramatisation of Proust's allegorical reflection on time, memory, art and love boasts an all-star cast including Derek Jacobi, Frances Barber, Paterson Joseph, Simon Russell Beale, Hattie Morahan and Robert Glenister.

    Production credits
    Translated and adapted from the French by Timberlake Wertenbaker
    Produced and directed by Celia de Wolff
    Production Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling
    Recording and Sound Design: David Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown
    Executive Producer: Peter Hoare
    A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

    Marcel (narrator) - Derek Jacobi
    Young Marcel - Isaac Watts
    Maman - Sylvestra le Touzel
    Papa - Oliver Cotton
    Grand-mère - Joanna David
    Françoise - Susan Brown
    Madame Verdurin - Frances Barber
    Monsieur Verdurin - Jeff Rawle
    Doctor Cottard - Lloyd Hutchinson
    Tante Leonie/Marquise de Sainte Euverte/Madame de Sazerat - Pamela Miles
    Mademoiselle Vinteuil/Prostitute/Madame d'Arpajon - Charlotte Blandford
    Mademoiselle Vinteuil's friend/Another prostitute - Phoebe Marshall
    Odette - Bessie Carter
    Pianist/Lift boy/Servant - Daniel Whitlam
    Charles Swann - Paterson Joseph
    Remi/Ski/Man at desk - Nicholas Armfield
    Elstir Biche/Monsieur de Breaute/Butler - Daniel Flynn
    Madame de Gallardon/Queen of Naples - Christine Kavanagh
    Brichot - Hugh Ross
    Forcheville/Boss/Bloch - Nicholas Gleaves
    Saniette/Older man - Roger Watkins
    Madame Cottard/Princess de Parme/Madame de Cambremer/Woman guest - Emma Amos
    Young Gilberte - Mary Glen
    Young Marcel - Isaac Watts
    Marcel - Blake Ritson
    Gilberte - Emma Mackey
    Monsieur de Norpois/De Boulbon/Servant/Jupien/Marquis de Cambremer - Ben Crowe
    Robert de Saint Loup - Kyle Soller
    Basin, Duke of Guermantes - Robert Glenister
    Oriane, Duchess of Guermantes - Fenella Woolgar
    Baron de Charlus - Simon Russell Beale
    Albertine - Hattie Morahan
    Morel - Tom Glenister
    Andree - Georgina Beedle
    Madame de Villeparisis - Serena Evans
    Servant/Concierge/Manager/Doctor - Finlay Paul
    Other voices - Nicholas Armfield, Phoebe Marshall
    Soldiers - Daniel Whitlam, Nicholas Armfield, Toheeb Jimoh, Tom Glenister
    Telephone operator - Alice Hoskyns
    Young men - Toheeb Jimoh, Finlay Paul, Daniel Whitlam, Sam Rawle
    Other parts played by members of the company

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24-26 August 2019

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    (p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

RELEASED 07/04/2022

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is now generally viewed as the greatest French novelist and perhaps the greatest European novelist of the 20th century.

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