Michael Cunningham

The Hours
  • The Hours

  • Michael Cunningham

    **Winner of the Gold Award for Best Drama in the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2018***

    A BBC radio adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Cunningham, inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway

    Three separate women, living in different locations and eras, are linked by their passion for Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway. As they each live through a Tuesday in June, their thoughts and experiences mirror each other and become interwoven.

    In Richmond in 1923, Virginia Woolf struggles to write a novel whose protagonist is Mrs Dalloway. In Los Angeles in 1949, Laura ignores her chores and small son to sit in bed reading Mrs Dalloway. In 1990s New York, Clarissa goes to buy flowers for a party, mirroring the start of the fictional Mrs Dalloway’s day. The party is in honour of her sick friend Richard, who long ago dubbed her Mrs Dalloway.

    As their stories intertwine, they converge to become one, weaving together themes of storytelling, domestic tension, friendship, love, loss, parental guilt, loneliness, bisexuality and the challenges of hosting social rituals.

    Adapted by Sony Award-winning dramatist Frances Byrnes, this affecting dramatisation stars Fenella Woolgar as Virginia Woolf, Teresa Gallagher as Laura and Rosamund Pike as Clarissa.

    'I am so thrilled by the BBC's production of my novel, The Hours, and - believe me - a novelist does not thrill easily' - Michael Cunningham

    Cast
    Virginia/Kitty…Fenella Woolgar
    Laura...Gallagher
    Dan/Walter…Corey Johnson
    Richie…Jack Towbin
    Clarissa…Rosamund Pike
    Sally/Vanessa…Lia Williams
    Leonard/Louis…David Annen
    Nelly…Rachel Atkins
    Julia…Haley McGee
    Other voices by Sydney Beveridge and Josh Wakesberg

    Directed by Judith Kampfner and Polly Thomas
    Produced by Judith Kampfner
    A Corporation For Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4

Michael Cunningham is the author of Flesh and Blood, A Home at the End of the World, and The Hours, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and now a major film. Cunningham is currently a Professor of creative writing at Yale University.