Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper and the Spindle
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle

    • Neil Gaiman

    • Gwendoline Christie (Read by)

    • Neil Gaiman (Read by)

    • Ralph Ineson (Read by)

    • Penelope Wilton (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    A brand new BBC Radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award-winning fairytale, merging Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to enchanting effect

    In a mountain kingdom far away, a young queen prepares for her wedding, believing her future is sealed. But when three dwarves bring news of a sleeping sickness sweeping across her realm, she knows she cannot stand by and do nothing. As a girl, she survived her own long, magical sleep, so she must try to turn back this new plague and save her people.

    Abandoning her bridal finery, she dons her armour instead, and rides out to a castle at the very heart of the sleeping lands. There, she finds a beautiful princess, sound asleep, and a very old woman, forever awake. With no handsome prince in sight, the queen wakes the princess in the traditional way - but things are not as they seem, and it will take more than a kiss to ensure everyone lives happily ever after...

    Penelope Wilton, Gwendoline Christie, Ralph Ineson and Neil Gaiman himself are among the star cast in this captivating fable of love, loss, hope and destiny.

    This release is an extended cut of the story broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and features an exclusive introduction from Neil Gaiman.


    Credits
    Written by Neil Gaiman
    Adapted by Katie Hims
    Directed and produced by Allegra McIlroy

    Recorded remotely by Sharon Hughes and John Benton
    Sound design by Sharon Hughes

    A BBC Audio North Production

    Cast
    The Narrator/The Old Woman - Dame Penelope Wilton
    The Queen - Gwendoline Christie
    The Home Secretary - Neil Gaiman
    The First Dwarf - Ralph Ineson
    The Second Dwarf - Stefan Adegbola
    The Third Dwarf/The Prince/The Tinker/The Woodcutter - Ian Dunnett Jnr
    The Pot Girl/The Young Girl/The Mother - Cecilia Appiah
    The Maid/The Other Woman/The Stepmother - Emma Handy
    The Father/The Inn Keeper/The Bandit - Roger Ringrose
    The Child - Milton Dighton

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 December 2020

Neil Gaiman is the creator of The Sandman comic book series and the bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere (1995), Stardust (1999), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods (2001), Coraline (2002), Anansi Boys (2005), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013), Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett, 1990) and a retelling of the Norse myths: Norse Mythology (2017). His short story collections include Smoke and Mirrors (1998) and Fragile Things (2006). His screenwriting credits include the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere (1996), Dave McKean’s first feature film, Mirrormask (2005), two Doctor Who episodes, and Good Omens (2019).

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