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Play of the Month is a BBC television anthology series featuring productions of classic and contemporary stage plays which were usually broadcast on BBC1. Each production featured a different work, often using prominent British stage actors in the leading roles. The series was transmitted from October 1965 to September 1983; the producer most associated with the Play of the Month was Cedric Messina.

Some of the 121 episodes are missing from the archives, having been junked in the 1960s and 1970s. Unless stated otherwise, the indication that the play is "lost" is taken from the website page as of 25 May 2013.

Series Cast

  1. Eric Porter as Councillor Albert Parker, Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, and Arthur Winslow

    Eric Porter

    Councillor Albert Parker, Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, Arthur Winslow

    4 Episodes

  2. Eileen Atkins as Catherine Sloper, Titania, and Electra

    Eileen Atkins

    Catherine Sloper, Titania, Electra

    3 Episodes

  3. Michael Gambon as Theseus, Gregory, and Lt Cmdr Rogers

    Michael Gambon

    Theseus, Gregory, Lt Cmdr Rogers

    3 Episodes

  4. Jerome Willis as Le Bret and The Sea Captain

    Jerome Willis

    Le Bret, The Sea Captain

    3 Episodes

  5. Frank Finlay as Sancho Panza, Marcus Brutus, and Voltaire

    Frank Finlay

    Sancho Panza, Marcus Brutus, Voltaire

    3 Episodes

  6. Ian Ogilvy as Candide, Rev. Gavin Dishart, and Thomas Aimwell

    Ian Ogilvy

    Candide, Rev. Gavin Dishart, Thomas Aimwell

    3 Episodes

  7. Charles Gray as Gayev, Mr. Beebe, and Adrian Blenderbland

    Charles Gray

    Gayev, Mr. Beebe, Adrian Blenderbland

    3 Episodes

  8. John Gielgud as Lord Burleigh, Chorus, and Captain Shotover

    John Gielgud

    Lord Burleigh, Chorus, Captain Shotover

    3 Episodes

  9. Geoffrey Bayldon as Dyadin, Cajetan, and Sergei Voinitsev, Anna's stepson

    Geoffrey Bayldon

    Dyadin, Cajetan, Sergei Voinitsev, Anna's stepson

    3 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 16

1983 • 4 Episodes

Season 16 of BBC Play of the Month premiered on May 22, 1983.


(16x4, September 12, 1983) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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