Neil Gaiman's Cameo Role In Lud-In-The-Mist, Streaming Now From BBC

It's possible I may bump into Neil Gaiman this Thursday at the Press Night of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane which has been making its West End debut at the Duke Of York Theatre these past couple of weeks. But it turns out his theatrical ambitions extend beyond writing and occasionally reading what he's written on stage at an operatic theatre. Because he has just appeared in a BBC drama Lud-In-The-Mist by Doctor Who writer Joy Wilkinson, adapting the work of Hope Mirrlees, playing Duke Aubrey. And a pretty decent fist he made of it as well, and since it's on the radio, he didn't have to put on the gold paint like Alan did. You can listen to Lud-In-The-Mist free, globally streaming on BBC Sounds and the BBC Radio iPlayer right here for the next month, But obviously it's best enjoyed today and tomorrow as part of the Hallowe'en festivities.

Neil Gaiman Cameo Role In Lud-In-The-Mist, Streaming Now From BBC
Neil Gaiman, courtesy of BBC Radio 4

Beguiling fantasy classic by Hope Mirrlees about a country bordered by the sinister but alluring Land of Faerie. Dramatised by Joy Wilkinson. In the prosperous, peaceful, practical town of Lud-in-the-Mist, all things Faerie are taboo. So when the mayor of Lud, Nathaniel Chanticleer, finds that his son has developed a taste for smuggled faerie fruit, his world falls apart. If he's to save himself and his son, Nat must confront not only the faerie threat but also his own darkest secret. With a bewitching cameo from Neil Gaiman and spellbinding original music from The Ciderhouse Rebellion. The first of two adaptations for the Halloween weekend: of Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees and Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner. Both novels written in 1926, both by women, both using the supernatural in slyly subversive ways.

Narrator…Olivia Poulet
Nathaniel Chanticleer….Richard Lumsden
Endymion Leer …. Lloyd Hutchinson
Ambrose Honeysuckle ….Tony Turner
Ranulph Chanticleer….Elijah Wolf
Young Nat …. Elijah Wolf
Willy Wisp….Robert Lonsdale
Mumchance….Shaun Mason.
Portunus ….Tony Turner
Moonlove Honeysuckle….Eimear Fearon
Prunella Pyepowders….Ria Marshall
Marigold Chanticleer and the Widow Gibberty….Jane Slavin
Primrose Crabapple and Mother Tibbs….Ellie Darvill
Yeoman Pease …. Robert Lonsdale
Duke Aubrey….Neil Gaiman
Directed by Abigail le Fleming
Production Co-ordinator …. Anne Isger
Production Co-ordinator …. Gaelan Connolly
Technical Producer …. Keith Graham
Technical Producer …. Anne Bunting
Technical Producer …. Cal Knightley
Author ….Hope Mirrlees
Dramatist …. Joy Wilkinson
Original music was by Adam Summerhayes and Murray Grainger – The Ciderhouse Rebellion

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