Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The cover shows 'Two Jamaican Girls' by Augustus John in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Produced by: Jigga Dunn
ISBN: 0140860592
Date: July, 1994
Abridged by: Elizabeth Bland
Directed by:
Running time: 3 hours (approx)

Michael Kitchen ... Narrator
Jane Lapotaire ... Narrator

The Novel:
(From the cover notes)

Inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea re-creates the story of the mad wife in the attic of Thornfield Hall, the mysterious first Mrs Rochester.

Born into claustrophobic West Indian expatriate society, Antoinette Cosway is a Creole heiress, courted and won by an honourable Englishman. In this, her finest novel, Jean Rhys transforms the shadowy figure in Jane Eyre into a complex, sensuous and unforgettable woman, and, in Rochester, gives us her most subtle realisation of a man, and of a man's fear of a woman's passion.

The Reader:
(From the cover notes)

Jane Lapotaire has worked widely in theatre, film and television and has won many awards for her work. She is perhaps most familiar to theatre-gowers for her performances in Piaf and Shadowlands.

Michael Kitchen has appeared in numerous productions for the RSC and the National Theatre. His films include Out of Africa and he appeared in the BBC's To Play the King.