For Richer For Poorer by Martha Gellhorn
Adapted by Annie Caulfield
Directed by Claire Grove
BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Play - 24.10.2001


Attractive Rose Answell has spent ten years manoeuvring her husband up the political ladder - and nothing is going to stop her reaching the top.


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Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale stars in this adaptation of the great Martha Gellhorn's acerbic comedy of manners, which is set in Forties London. Gellhorn, one of the finest journalists of the 20th century, was briefly married to Ernest Hemingway, an experience she once described as 'life-darkening'. In this very sharp and funny story, adapted by comedy scriptwriter Annie Caulfield, Beale plays Alan Anwell, a mild-mannered junior minister who has endured a decade of being pushed up the political ladder by his ruthless wife, Rose (Sylvestra Le Touzel). Nothing is going to stop Rose from getting Alan to the top - except Alan himself.She writes his speeches, gives dinners and fawns to her husband's political masters. But to no avail, and Rose has to find power elsewhere. Read more:


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