Riel Theatre presents: The Hobbit (Part 4 of 4)

in Radio Drama, Riel Radio Theatre, Weekly Programme

by Edward Pearse on Thursday, 11 October, 2012

September the 21st marks the 75th anniversary of the publishing of The Hobbit.

To mark the anniversary the next four weeks will feature 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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