Michelene Wandor


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You Two Can be Ticklish
A couple tickle a stranger to death. Lamb and Flag Theatre, 1970.

The Day After Yesterday
Miss World and the rest of us. Act Inn Theatre Club, 1972.

Spilt Milk and Mal de Mere
Traps of mother- and daughterhood. Portable Theatre, 1972.

To Die Among Friends
Five minimalist duologues about identity and sexual politics. Paradise Foundry, 1974

An astonishing density of feeling
Time Out

Version of Kleist's play about the Queen of the Amazons. Salt Theatre, 1977.

The Old Wives' Tale
Three women in retirement. Soho Poly Theatre, 1977.

Care and Control
The state and motherhood. Scripted for Gay Sweatshop, 1977.

Cabaret on women and work, co-authored with Caryl Churchill and Bryony Lavery. Monstrous Regiment, 1977.

Whores D'Oeuvres
Two prostitutes cast adrift on a raft. Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1978.

Michelene Wandor's…technical daring and commitment to human values mark her out as a writer to watch…This marvellously textured piece builds pointed satire on a bed of fast-talking comedy, while examining the far-reaching implications of the oldest profession in the world.
Time Out

Jewish family and a hi-jacking. Almost Free Theatre, 1978.

It deals wittily and warmly with the contradictions of being Jewish in the England of the 1970s…
Time Out

AID Thy Neighbour
Comedy about two couples and their desires for parenthood - AID meaning here Artificial Insemination by Donor. Theatre at New End, 1978.

…a sharp satire on the Ayckbourn version of family life.
Time Out
Divorced woman becomes a mature student. Adaptation of own radio play. Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1979. (Also see Radio.)

Rutherford and Son
Adaptation of play by Githa Sowerby. Mrs Worthington's Daughters at the Royal Court, 1980.

Aurora Leigh
Dramatisation of verse-novel by Elizabeth Barrett Browning about love, writing and female independence. 1979. National Theatre, 1981, starring Felicity Kendal. (Also see Radio.)

Michelene Wandor's quicksilver dramatisation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sprawling verse novel…
Time Out, 1979
…captures the lyricism of the poetry…
Sunday Times, 1981
Michelene Wandor's adaptation makes it very attractive and, indeed, persuasive.'
Harold Hobson, Times Literary Supplement, 1981

The Blind Goddess
Adaptation of play by Ernst Toller. Red Ladder Theatre Company, 1981.

Future Perfect
Efforts to create a utopia. Co-authored with Paul Thompson and Steve Gooch. Wakefield Tricycle, 1981.

Wild Diamonds
South Africa through the eyes of Olive Schreiner and Cecil Rhodes. Commissioned by Hampstead Theatre Club. Unproduced.

The Wandering Jew
Dramatisation of novel by Eugene Sue, about Paris and the Jesuits. National Theatre, 1987. Starring Philip Voss, Mark Rylance, Sian Thomas.


   An action packed Melodrama
Time Out   
Wandering Jew - programme

Whose Greenham and Mal de Mere
Early Stages, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican, 1986. Starring Miriam Karlin.

Surrogacy, an angel and Sarah from the Old Testament. Arc Theatre Company, the Drill Hall, 1988.

Silk Thistle
Pankhursts, mother and daughters. Commissioned by Contact Theatre, Manchester. Unproduced.

Pride and Prejudice
A new stage dramatisation of Jane Austen’s novel. With music from her own notebooks. Watford Palace Theatre, 2009.


A divorced woman becomes a mature student. Radio 4, 1978. 45 mins. Starring Maureen Lipman. (See also under Theatre)
A delightfully funny debut by Michelene Wandor.

Dust in the Sugar House
Feature on the life and work of writer Antonia White. Runner-up for Pye Radio Award. Radio 3, 1979. 45 mins. (See also under Home Page)

The Unlit Lamp
Dramatisation of novel by Radclyffe Hall. Radio 4, 1980. 90 mins. Starring Caroline Mortimer.

Aurora Leigh
Dramatisation of verse-novel by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Radio 3, 1981. 70 mins. (See also under Theatre.) Starring Sara Kestelman.

Precious Bane
Three-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Mary Webb. Radio 4, 1981. 55 mins each. Starring Miriam Margolyes.

The Ultimate Astonisher
Feature about the life, work and ideas of writer Dorothy Richardson. Radio 3, 1982. 45 mins. (Copy in National Sound Archives.) (See also under Home Page)

Lolly Willowes
Dramatisation of novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner. Radio 4, 1983, 45 mins.

An Uncommon Love
Play based on the diaries of Victorian man-of-letters Arthur Munby, and his secret love and wife, maid-of-all-work, Hannah Cullwick. Radio 4, 1984. 90 mins.

Five-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by H. G. Wells. Runner-up for Sony Radio Award. Radio 4, 1984. 55 mins each. (See also under Home Page) Starring Paul Daneman.

A good example of total adaptation, taking the text to pieces and building it up from ground level with purely radio techniques. It's light, breezy, rather scampering…
John Wain, The Listener
A striking example of the adaptor's art
The Spectator

Friend to Friend
Feature about friendship of two working-class women at the turn of the century. Radio 4, 1984. 45 mins.

Venus Smiles
Dramatisation of short story by J. G. Ballard. Radio 4, 1985. 45 mins.

A Consoling Blue
Feature about Jean Rhys and her writing of Wide Sargasso Sea. Radio 4, 1985. 30 mins

The Nine Tailors
Dramatisation of thriller by Dorothy L. Sayers. Radio 4, 1986. 120 mins. Starring Mary Wimbush.

This was a gloriously atmospheric piece of detective fiction.
Independent, 1986

The Brothers Karamazov
Eight-part classic serial dramatisation of the novel by Dostoyevsky. Radio 4, 1989. 55 mins each. Starring Stuart Wilson, Michael Malone, Eleanor Bron.

A powerfully dramatic adaptation of one of Dostoyevsky's most difficult novels.
Guardian, 1989
This adaptation will capture something of the depth as well as the breadth of this prodigious novel
The Times, 1989
Wandor knows what she is doing….as listeners are aware from her adaptations of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and Dorothy L. Sayers' 'The Nine Tailors'. Her virtue lies in preserving the flavour of Russia, with its hermits, vodka and fish soup
Sunday Times, 1989

Three-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Jane Austen. Radio 4, 1987. 55 mins each. Starring Juliet Stevenson.

Helbeck of Bannisdale
Dramatisation of novel by Mrs Humphry Ward. Radio 4, 1987. 90 mins.

Whose Body?
Dramatisation of thriller by Dorothy L. Sayers. Radio 4, 1987. 90 mins.

The Dwelling Place
Dramatisation of novel by Catherine Cookson. Radio 4, 1988. 90 mins.

Peter Pan
Adaptation of play by J. M. Barrie for radio. BBC World Service, 1988. 60 mins.

Fanny Burney's Cheltenham Diary
Adaptation of diaries about the King's visit to Cheltenham in 1788. Radio 3, 1988. 40 mins.

Adaptation of play by Tom Kempinski for radio. BBC World Service, 1989. 60 mins.


Frenchman's Creek
Six-part dramatisation of novel by Daphne du Maurier. Radio 4, 1989. 30 mins each. Issued as BBC Enterprises Cassette.

Michelene Wandor has written a sensitive dramatisation…
Observer, 1990
Cassette - Frenchman's Creek

The Mill on the Floss
Five-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by George Eliot. Radio 4, 1991. 60 mins each.

Full marks to Michelene Wandor's adaptation.
The Times, 1991

Killing Orders
Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Starring Kathleen Turner. Radio 4, 1991. 30 mins each.

Crisp dialogue side-stepping the usual crime cliches ensures a treat for listeners.
Sunday Telegraph, 1991

A Question of Courage
Five-part dramatisation of novel about suffragettes by Marjorie Darke. Radio 5, 1992. 30 mins each.

A Rose from Blighty
Five-part dramatisation of sequel by Marjorie Darke. Radio 5. 30 mins each.

The King's General
Dramatisation of novel by Daphne du Maurier. Radio 4, 1992. 90 mins.

Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Radio 4, 1993. 30 mins each. Starring Kathleen Turner and Martin Shaw.

Bitter Medicine
Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Radio 4. 30 mins each. Starring Sharon Gless.

Jane Eyre
Four-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Charlotte Bronte. Radio 4, 1994. 60 mins each.

Michelene Wandor's fine adaptation has the full complement of atmospheric noises and creepy music, and beautifully maintains the balance between the sensibility of Jane's inner world and the brutality of her material circumstances.
The Times, 1994
No Bronte fan should miss it.
Paul Donovan, Sunday Times, 1994

The Jungle Book
Five-part dramatisation of stories by Rudyard Kipling. Radio 5, 1994. 30 mins each. Runner-up for Best Radio Dramatisation, Writers' Guild Award. Issued on BBC Enterprises Cassette. Starring Eartha Kitt.

Michelene Wandor's dramatisation returned us to the original and thereby provided a fascinating gloss on Disney, who remade Kipling in the image of American society
Anne Karpf, Guardian, 1994
It has depth and colour, its light shifting on the inner eye, every character and situation defined.
Telegraph, 1994
A fine dramatisation by Michelene Wandor…a magnificent version, true to Kipling's original
Mail, 1994

Power Cut
Short story. Radio 4, 1994. 15 mins.

Body of Glass
Dramatisation of novel by Marge Piercy. Radio 4, 1995. 90 mins. Starring Eleanor Bron.

The Go-Between
Abridgement of novel by L.P. Hartley. Radio 4, 1995. 10 x 15 mins.

The adapter is Michelene Wandor, queen bee of radio abridgements.
Sunday Times, 1995

The Long Road to Freedom
Abridgement of autobiography of Nelson Mandela. BBC World Service, 1995. 12 x 15 mins.

Ethan Frome
Dramatisation of novel by Edith Wharton. Radio 4, 1997. 90 mins.

Arms and the Man
Adaptation of play by G.B. Shaw for radio. BBC World Service, 1995. 60 mins.

The Devil in the Cupboard
Short story. 15 mins. Radio 4, 1996.

The Piano
Three-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Jane Campion and Kate Pullinger. Radio 4, 1995. 60 mins each. Nominated for Writers'Guild Award, 1996. Audio Cassette: BBC/Polygram

New for Old
Myths retold; eight re-written Greek myths, in modern settings. Radio 3, 1996, 13 mins each.

Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen. Dramatised for the World Service English programme. Fifteen parts, 15 mins each. 1996.

Gone to Earth
By Mary Webb. Three-part classic serial. Radio 4. 60 mins each.

The Mill on The Floss

15 episodes dramatised for BBC English World Service, 1997.

The Queen of Spades
Original play based on Pushkin short story. Radio 4, 90 mins, 1997.

Short story. Radio 4. 1996.

Scarlet and Black
By Stendhal. Abridged for Radio 4, 10 episodes, 15 mins each. 1996. Audio Book, BBC.

The Tailor of Panama
By John le Carre. Abridged for Hodder Headline audio cassette. 1996.

Original radio play, Radio 4, 90 mins.

The Castle of Otranto
Dramatisation of novel by Horace Walpole. Radio 4. 1997.

The Moonstone
By Wilkie Collins. Dramatised in 15 x 15 min. episodes for BBC English, World Service. 1998.

Hemlock and After
By Angus Wilson. Dramatised for Radio 4's Classic Serial slot; 2 x 60 mins. 1999. Starring Derek Jacobi and Anna Massey.

Corridors of Light and Shadow
A fantasy encounter between Henry VIII and Isabella d'Este, during a weekend in Mantua. Location sound, and fictional script. Produced by Piers Plowright. Radio 3, 45 mins, 1999.

Toccata and Fugue
Short story. 15 mins. Radio 4. 1999.

A Lifelong Passion
Impressionistic story of the relationship between Nicholas and Alexandra, based on memoirs, diaries and letters. 45 mins, Radio 4, 1999.

The Shade Catcher
The search for Charlotte Mew. Impressionistic feature on early 20th century writer. Starring Fiona Shaw. 45 mins. Radio 4, 1999.

In The Cage
By Henry James. Dramatised for Radio 4. 60 mins. 1999.

The Clock of Heaven
The story of the discovery of Longitude. Play. 45 mins. Radio 4, 1999. Starring Barbara Flynn, Nicky Henson, Finetime Fontayne.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
By Jean Dominique Bauby. Abridged, with sound, for World Service Drama. 60 mins. 2000. Starring Tim Piggott-Smith.

A Country House
Dramatisation of short story by Dorothy Edwards. Radio 4, 2000. 45 mins. Starring Jane Lapotaire.

Of Abrupt Self
Programme about John Blow's Ode on the Death of Purcell, docu-drama. Radio 4, 30 mins. 2000.

Lady Windermere’s Fan
Oscar Wilde play adapted for BBC World Service. 60 mins. 2000. Issued on BBC cassette.

National Velvet
Dramatisation of novel by Enid Bagnold; 2 x 45 mins. Radio 4, 2001.

The Holiday
Dramatisation of novel by Stevie Smith. 60 mins. Radio 4. 2001.

The Millstone
Dramatisation of novel by Margaret Drabble. 5x 15 mins. Radio 4. 2002.

Via Angelica
Short story. Radio 4. 2002.

Out of Sweetness
Contemporary retelling of the the Samson story. 20 mins Radio 3, 2002.
Starring Eleanor Bron

Original play about passion. 15 mins. Radio 4, 2002.

The Little Photographer
Dramatisation of a story by Daphne du Maurier. 45mins. Radio 4, 2003

Zuleika Dobson
Dramatisation of novel by Max Beerbohm. 60 mins. Radio 4, 2003.

Every Eye
Dramatisation of novel by Isobel English. 45 mins. Radio 4. 2004.

The Perfect Courtier
Original impressionist story about Cellini and his times, told through the eyes of Perseus and Medusa. Radio 3. 20 mins. 2003. With Eleanor Bron and Oliver Ford Davies.

They do it with Mirrors
Cards on the Table
They Came to Baghdad
The man in the Brown Suit
Abridgements of novels by Agatha Christie for Macmillan Audiobooks. (2001-2003.)

She Fell Among Thieves
Dramatization of novel by Dornford Yates. 60 mins. Radio 4, 2004.

The Princess and the Carpenter
Play about late 17 th century composer Charpentier, and his patron, Marie de Guise. Radio 3. 20 mins. 2004.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Dramatisation of novel by D. H. Lawrence. 2x 60 mins Classic Serial. Radio 4, 2006.

The Making of a Marchioness  
by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Dramatised for Radio 4, Classic Serial, 2 x 60 mins. 2007. With Miriam Margolyes and Charles Dance.

Tulips in Winter.
Play about Spinoza. Radio 3. 90 mins. 2008. With Timothy Spall, Angela Pleasence, Philip Voss.

Dramatisation of novel by Nora Ephron. Woman’s Hour, 5 x 15 mins. 2009.

The Unlit Lamp
See also under Radio. Commissioned by BBC TV. Unproduced.

All Out in the Wash
Play about a launderette. Commissioned by BBC TV. Unproduced.

Wild Diamonds
Play about the life of Olive Schreiner. Commissioned by Channel 4. Unproduced.

Play about prostitutes occupying a church.
Commissioned by BBC TV. Unproduced.

The Well Woman
Drama-documentary about Radclyffe Hall and the banning of her novel, The Well of Loneliness. Commissioned by BBC TV. Unproduced.

The Belle of Amherst
Adaptation for TV of play by William Luce about Emily Dickinson. Starring Claire Bloom. Thames TV, 1986. 50 mins. Winner of International Emmy Award, 1987.

A jewel.
Daily News, 1987

The Story of an Hour
Film based on short story by Kate Chopin. Thames TV, 1988. 7 mins.


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