The Virginia Woolf BBC Radio Drama Collection

Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Classics, Drama
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The collected BBC dramatisations of the fiction of Virginia Woolf, with star casts including Kristin Scott-Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson, Laura Fraser, Robert Glenister and Fenella Woolgar.

This collection includes:

The Voyage Out
A motley group of genteel adventurers board a ship bound for South America in 1913, among them Helen Ambrose and her niece Rachel Vinrace. Starring Laura Fraser, Rebecca Johnson and Bertie Carvel.

Night and Day
Katherine and Mary are challenged over their assumptions about love in pre-First World War London. Starring Kristen Scott-Thomas.

Mrs Dalloway
Set on a single day in June, Virginia Woolf's classic novel follows Clarissa Dalloway as she makes final preparations for an important party. Starring Fenella Woolgar. 

To the Lighthouse
The story of the Ramsay family holidaying in Scotland before the First World War, and their planned expedition to a lighthouse nearby. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Juliet Stevenson and Robert Glenister. 

Orlando
Orlando was born in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and lived into that of George V. He entered life as a boy and she left it as a woman. Starring Jennie Stoller and David McAlister.

The Waves
Louis, Bernard, Neville, Jinny, Susan and Rhoda struggle to come to terms with life after Percival and, in the process, learn what he really meant to each of them. Starring Geraldine James and Anna Massey. 

Between the Acts
Miss La Trobe, an eccentric local artist, conceives the ambitious idea of portraying a history of English literature and of making her audience see themselves as they really are. Starring Sarah Badel.

©2019 Virginia Woolf (P)2019 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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Updated with Chapter Titles!

Thank you to the publisher for adding the chapter titles. It’s made the listening experience so much better, especially since I fully intend on returning to all of these stories. Yay!

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  • Mr M Patel
  • 05-04-19

Excellent, but give chapter info and sort typos

Great stories and performances, as you’d expect from BBC radio.
But please sort out typo in the associated info -‘Kristen’ Scott Thomas?
Also it’s difficult to navigate a 13 hour collection without knowing which chapters relate to which of the stories.

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  • Flossie16
  • 02-09-20

A Must for All Those Who Revere Woolf

This is a comprehensive collection of radio dramas adapted from Virginia Woolf's classic books. It is produced with that care and high production values that we expect from Auntie (the BBC.)
I had tried twice to read The Voyage Out and never managed to complete it. Listening to the dramatisation brought the characters to life for me. It was intriguing and at length emotionally engaging. To the Lighthouse is a superb rendering of Woolf at her absolute best.
Between the Acts is fascinating because, while being at entirely different level, it runs strangely parallel to Benson's Mapp and Lucia. Here is the quirky English pageant in all its glory but between the acts the audience from the Big House is revealed in all its emotional and social complexity. Of course the most poignant resonance is that this is Woolf's last novel. By the time it lay on the publisher's desk (Leonard Woolf) she had filled her pockets with stones.

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  • Pamela
  • 01-06-20

Fantastic Opportunity to Immerse in Virginia Woolf

What a fantastic opportunity to immerse in Woolf in these excellent productions of her novels. They completely manage to capture her lightness of touch and the complexity of the worlds she creates out of the everyday.. Highly recommended

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  • stella edwards
  • 12-27-19

Confusing

Not my type of book. Beautifully written but I found it hard to follow the stories