Audiobook: King of Alsander (Dramatic Reading)


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First published in 1914, the King of Alsander is the only novel by James Elroy Flecker, best known as a poet, but also a noted scholar, linguist and diplomat. Flecker's love of learning, language and travel, and his keen satirical insight into politics are all in evidence in this phantasmagoric tale. As the author himself describes it: Here is a tale all romance - a tale such as only a Poet can write for you, O appreciative and generous Public - a tale of madmen, kings, scholars, grocers, consuls, and Jews: a tale with two heroines, both of an extreme and indescribable beauty: a tale of the South and of sunshine, wherein will be found disguises, mysteries, conspiracies, fights, at least one good whipping, and plenty of blood and love and absurdity: a very old sort of tale: a tale as joyously improbable as life itself. - Summary by Algy Pug

Cast list:
Norman Price: Phil Benson
John Oggs: Phil Benson
Labourer: Phil Benson
Mrs Gaffekin: Michele Eaton
Nancy: Michele Eaton
Peronella: Michele Eaton
Malsprita: Michele Eaton
Guard: Michele Eaton
Crowd: Michele Eaton
Vicar: Patrick Wallace
Old Man: Patrick Wallace
William Price: Patrick Wallace
Canthrop: Patrick Wallace
Cesano: Patrick Wallace
Wizened Man: Patrick Wallace
Consul: Patrick Wallace
Vorza: Patrick Wallace
Colonel: Patrick Wallace
Vicar’s Daughter: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Widow Prasko: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Shopkeeper: Eden Rea-Hedrick
President: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Arnolfo: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Ianthe: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Drakina: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Cuvas: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Peter Smith: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Lady: Eden Rea-Hedrick
John Gaffekin: Alan Weyman
King: Alan Weyman
Butler: Alan Weyman
Doctor: Alan Weyman
Clerk: Alan Weyman
Makzelo: Alan Weyman
Father Algio: Alan Weyman
Captain of the Guard: Alan Weyman
Shoemaker: Algy Pug
Count Arnolfo: Algy Pug
Stage Directions: Algy Pug

Edited by: Algy Pug
Proof Listener: Mark Chulsky

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