Anthony Hope

The Prisoner of Zenda & Rupert of Hentzau
  • The Prisoner of Zenda & Rupert of Hentzau

    • Anthony Hope

    • Julian Glover (Read by)

    • Hannah Gordon (Read by)

    • Martin Jarvis (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    BBC Radio adaptations of Anthony Hope's famous swashbuckling adventure novel and its sequel

    Anthony Hope's swashbuckling historical novel The Prisoner of Zenda was first published in 1894 and was an instant hit, spawning an 1898 sequel, Rupert of Hentzau, and launching the Ruritanian romance genre. Included here are the radio dramatisations of both thrilling novels, starring Julian Glover as Rudolf Rassendyll and King Rudolf, Martin Jarvis as Rupert of Hentzau and Hannah Gordon as Flavia.

    The Prisoner of Zenda - On holiday in the East European province of Ruritania, English gentleman Rudolf Rassendyll is caught up in a web of subterfuge. When his distant cousin, King Rudolf, is drugged on the eve of his coronation, Rassendyll is persuaded to impersonate him at the ceremony, thereby thwarting Rudolf's half-brother's attempts to seize the throne. But as the doppelganger is crowned, the real King is kidnapped and imprisoned. To save him, Rassendyll is forced to continue the deception: and finds himself falling in love with the King's intended bride, Princess Flavia...

    Rupert of Hentzau - Three years on from his Ruritanian adventures, Rudolf Rassendyll is living in voluntary exile, separated from his beloved Flavia since her marriage to the King. His only consolation is the annual red rose she sends him, as a token of love and remembrance. But now, instead of a flower, she has sent a letter - and this incriminating missive has been intercepted by the dastardly Rupert of Hentzau. The repercussions will bring Rassendyll face-to-face with his old foe, as he is embroiled once more in danger and intrigue.

    First published 1894 (The Prisoner of Zenda) and 1898 (Rupert of Hentzau)

    The Prisoner of Zenda
    Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf - Julian Glover
    Colonel Sapt - Nigel Stock
    Princess Flavia - Hannah Gordon
    Count Fritz von Tarlenheim - David Timson
    Rupert of Hentzau - Martin Jarvis
    Duke Michael - Michael Spice
    Antoinette de Mauban - Anne Kidd
    Lord Burlesdon - Clive Swift
    Lady Rose Burlesdon/ Innkeeper - Diana Bishop
    Countess Helga - Hilda Schroder
    Rosa - Cherry Gilliam
    Captain Detchard - Terry Scully
    Johann - Sam Dastor
    Josef - Haydn Jones
    Train guard - William Sleigh
    Bersonin - David Gooderson
    Customs officer - Brian Haines

    Adapted by Eric Maschwitz and Kay Patrick
    Produced by Martin Jenkins
    Original music (1939) by Robert Chignell and Leslie Woodgate
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 May 1973

    Rupert of Hentzau
    Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf - Julian Glover
    Queen Flavia - Hannah Gordon
    Herbert/Bauer - Nigel Anthony
    Hermann/Anton von Strofzing - David Sinclair
    James - Timothy Alcock
    Station-Master/Butler - Wilfrid Carter
    Countess Helga - Hilda Schroder
    Count Fritz von Tarlenheim - David Timson
    Madame Helsing/Mother Holf - Diana Bishop
    Rischenheim - Kerry Francis
    Rupert of Hentzau - Martin Jarvis
    Chancellor Helsing/Farmer - Peter Williams
    Constable/Thug - Vernon Joyner
    Colonel Sapt - Nigel Stock
    Fraulein Helsing - Bonnie Hurren
    Bernenstein - Sean Barrett
    Simon/Thug - Fraser Kerr
    Rosa - Cherry Gilliam

    Adapted by Cynthia Pughe and Kay Patrick
    Produced by Martin Jenkins
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 May 1973

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RELEASED 09/06/2022

Anthony Hope (1863–1933), British novelist mostly recognised for his adventure romance The Prisoner of Zenda (1894).

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