Drama / Radio

Radio Drama: Mrs Robinson, I Presume – Starring John Simm as Director Mike Nichols

Fri 24 Apr 2015
14:15

“John Simm gives Nichols humility and vulnerability – notably when recounting his origins as a Jewish refugee from Nazism” ~The Stage

A new play by Tracy-Ann Oberman, telling the story of the film that changed Hollywood - The Graduate. Starring John Simm as director Mike Nichols.

A new play by Tracy-Ann Oberman, telling the story of the film that changed Hollywood – The Graduate. Starring John Simm as director Mike Nichols.

In 1963, fledgling producer Lawrence Turman read a novel by Charles Webb called The Graduate. He knew he had to make it into a movie, so he optioned it with his own money. He then persuaded Mike Nichols, who had only directed theatre at this point, to direct the film.

Everyone in Hollywood thought they were crazy when they cast the unknown Dustin Hoffman to play Benjamin Braddock, who was described in the book as tall, blond and athletic. But they went their own way and made a classic movie that defined a generation. How they did it and how Gene Hackman, Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks got involved along the way is the subject of Tracy-Ann Oberman’s drama.

Listen to Mrs Robinson, I Presume (click play button) below (0:43:57):

Tracy-Ann Oberman as Mrs Robinson

Tracy-Ann Oberman as Mrs Robinson

Tracy-Ann’s previous work for Radio 4 includes the Afternoon Dramas Bette And Joan And Baby Jane and Rock And Doris And Elizabeth.

Producer: Liz Anstee
A CPL production for BBC Radio 4.

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