Riel Theatre presents: The Hobbit

To start off the New Year I thought I’d repeat one of my favourite record­ings.

This week’s broad­cast will begin with an adap­ta­tion that cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion as a child and is still very dear to me, despite few peo­ple hav­ing ever heard it: Nicol Williamson’s ver­sion of The Hob­bit.

Nicol Williamson, pos­si­bly best known to many peo­ple as the chrome-skulled Mer­lin from John Boor­man’s Excal­ibur, nar­rates an abridged ver­sion and per­forms about 20 dif­fer­ent voice char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions for this record­ing of the sto­ry.


Released on 4 LPs in 1974 by Argo Records, and adapt­ed and pro­duced by Harley Usil, Williamson does all the voice work with tra­di­tion­al medieval music used as bridg­ing pieces through­out.

Sad­ly the set has nev­er been released on CD, and the orig­i­nals now fetch rather steep prices with col­lec­tors.

So join us at the Claren­don Con­ser­va­to­ry in New Bab­bage for the Lis­ten­ing par­ty at 7:00 PM SLT.

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