Frances Byrne – An Unchoreographed World

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of an event in the life of ballerina Margot Fonteyn, written by Frances Byrne and starring Sophie Jerrold and Richard McCabe. Originally broadcast as the Afternoon Play on 22 May 2008 and repeated on 19 November 2010.




An Unchoreographed World explores a dramatic formative event in the life of one of the truly great dancers of our time, the young Margot Fonteyn.



It’s May 10th 1940, and she is trapped in Holland during the German invasion with her older lover, the composer Constant Lambert, and the fledgling Sadler’s Wells Ballet. Frances Byrne’s drama draws on contemporary accounts to evoke a time when, her life threatened, Fonteyn discovers who she really is, and what her destiny might cost her.



Starring Sophie Jerrold as Margot Fonteyn, Richard McCabe as Constant Lambert, Kate Littlewood as Ninette de Valois and Oliver Millingham as Robert Helpmann. Also featured in the cast are Anne-Marie Piazza, Maria Askew, Ffion Jolly, Ben Ashton and Coen de Groot.


Author: Frances Byrne
Narrator: Sophie Jerrald, Richard McCabe
Duration: 43 minutes
Released: 11 Jun 2005
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
Language: English





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