Amy's View (Classic Radio Theatre)

  • by David Hare
  • Narrated by Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Ronald Pickup
  • 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Judi Dench, Samantha Bond and Ronald Pickup star in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama from 2000 - which features many of the original West End and Broadway stage cast.
Esme Allen is a middle-aged West End actor and is in control of her life: she’s financially secure and successful. However, Amy, her grown-up daughter is pregnant by Dominic, an ambitious media-man who believes that theatre is dead. Esme and Dominic, unsurprisingly, loathe each other. But this leaves Amy - whose ‘view’ is that love conquers all - right in the middle of things. Then Dominic’s star begins to rise, just as Esme starts to lose everything: the comforts of home, money. Even her daughter, Amy...Among the star cast in this recording are Dame Judi Dench, who won a Tony Award for her Broadway performance in ‘Amy’s View’ and Samantha Bond (BBC TV’s ‘Outnumbered’ and Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films).The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

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Subtle social commentary, outstanding performances

What made the experience of listening to Amy's View (Classic Radio Theatre) the most enjoyable?

Judy Dench's performance was magnetic. All the other actors did a wonderful job too and lifted the performance out of the "radio" and onto the stage. It comes to no surprise that these actors were a part of the original live-theater cast.


What other book might you compare Amy's View (Classic Radio Theatre) to and why?

I have listened to loads of other radio theater and audio drama here on audible, such as the productions of L.A Theater works, BBC plays, as well as others. This is one of the best. As theater goes, maybe Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller would be be a decent comparison (although they, apart from being American, are also different in many ways), given the social realistic setting. For some reason, Esme made me think of Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire".


Which scene was your favorite?

The whole play was superb and each part brought new things to the story. If I need to pick a scene I suppose it might be when Amy comes back to see Esme in the early nineties. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but the way the scene questions individual responsibility in volatile economic times, or just in life in general, is just brilliant, and Dench is at the top her game here.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it made me cry and it does not happen often.


Any additional comments?

I was positively surprised of Peter Hare's writing. Since I knew he was a political dramatist I would have expected not to like him too much, since I was never a big fan of political drama or fiction. Political commentary in fiction often comes at the expense of complexity and nuance, and becomes a bit too simplistic in my view. In short overtly political stuff is just boring. This is a great exception. As a matter of fact, the social background and setting gives the play even more pathos here, and even makes it seem more real and authentic than the plays of someone like Tom Stoppard, for instance. It reminds us that we are all political beings, after all.

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- Erik

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited