I dug out my old cassettes of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard to have another listen.
I saw the original NT production of it when it visited Bath on tour some time around 1993 (I daresay I have my programme tucked away in the loft). Subsequently the production was recorded by Radio 3, and my cassettes are an off-air recording of that production which had the original cast.
I had quite an enjoyable couple of hours listening to the first two-thirds of it last night (it’s a long play), at the same time, dubbing the audio onto PC.
To be honest, I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to clean up the audio, but I’ll have a go. I had a bit of a hunt around on the web, but it seems that the play was never released commercially – just the script (which I have, and was reading along to the production last night – it’s interesting to see changes and additions made to play for radio to allow it to be followed by listeners).
I just love the breadth and intelligence of the play, never letting the viewer rest or sit back as new things are introduced. Anyway – hopefully I can finish off listening to it tonight.


  1. I am a long-time fan of Tom Stoppard, Rufus Sewell, and Felicity Kendal, but only recently learned about the 1993 National Theatre production of Arcadia which featured both Mr. Sewell and Ms. Kendal. I am very interested in obtaining a recording of this play and have searched the Internet for it quite extensively, but without success. I was very excited (and jealous) when I read about the �off-air recording� you made from a Radio 3 broadcast (your weblog entry dated November 18, 2003).
    You mentioned that you were in the process of dubbing the audio onto your PC. Was that effort successful and does that mean that you now have the recording as a file that you could copy onto a diskette or easily send to me over the Internet?
    Thanks for considering my request and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  2. Hi Adam,
    Sorry to have to use your weblog to communicate with you, but the e-mail response I sent to you last Friday did not go through. I hit the reply button and the address seemed to match the one listed in your message to me, but apparently it was incorrect or incomplete. Can you please confirm which e-mail address to use and I will re-send my message. Thanks so much.

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