05 July, 2012


A watercolour portrait of Shaw from 1894,
the year he wrote Candida, by Sir John Bernard Partridge.
National Portrait Gallery

At 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday 7th July and at 4 a.m. on Sunday 8th July, BBC Radio 4 Extra will broadcast a repeat of George Bernard Shaw’s Candida starring Edward as the Reverend James Morell and Hannah Gordon as his wife ‘Candida’. Also featuring Christopher Guard as the poet Marchbanks.

This adaptation of Shaw’s play was originally broadcast in August 1977 on Radio 4 and was directed by Ronald Mason.

To read what Edward wrote about it in an earlier blog, click here.

For those of you outside the UK, you can listen online. BBC Radio also provides a ‘listen again’ facility.

Incidentally, 1977 was the year in which Edward first played Wilde’s Canon Chasuble – in a production for the Actors’ Company.