A Night in the Ukraine

1st Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 26th December 2007 at 1415-1500


Dirk Maggs



Dirk Maggs


Written By

Dick Vosburgh

Lyrics By

Dick Vosburgh



Production By

Above The Title Productions Ltd for BBC Radio 4




A new radio version of the award winning Broadway Show


A Night in the Ukraine formed the second act of a very successful 1979 West End Show which transferred to Broadway in 1980. The first act, A Day in Hollywood,

was a musical revue set in the lobby of Grauman's Chinese Theatre to a mixture of Broadway tunes. However eleven of that year's Tony nominations and two Tony Awards went to A Night in the Ukraine,

a pastiche of Chekhov's one-act play 'The Bear', which features thinly disguised Marx Brothers invading a bastion of the privileged classes.





Serge B. Samovar, a Moscow Lawyer
Michael Roberts
Carlo, her Italian Footman
Frank Lazarus
Mrs. Pavlenko, a Rich Widow
The Announcer
Nina, Mrs. Pavlenko's Daughter
Constantine, a Coachman
Stephen Carlile


Recorded at

The New Players Theatre London UK


Recorded on

16th September 2007 in front of a live audience of 275

One of them was me!



Production Crew

Recording Engineer Gerry O'Riordan


Spot Fx

Tom Maggs


Music Director

Frank Lazarus



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Comment by David Williams

This is the very first time I have ever been to the recording of a live show. i was very kindly invited by the production company.

The first thing I have to say, is that I had never heard of the The New Players Theatre London and had to use Google to find it!


I have to say I did enjoy the show, it was well worth the effort of getting there. It was nice to see familiar voices in the flesh so to speak,

it was jut sad that we could not stay after the show to talk to Dirk and the cast as Donna (the wife who is a staff nurse)

had an early start, we traveled to London on public transport. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to talk to some of the cast.


It will be interesting to hear the recorded version as compared to my memory of the live version.

Running Time

1 Episode of 45 Minutes



Cast Pictures

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Frank Lazarus
Lorelei King
Graham Hoadly
Michael Roberts
Jessica Martin
Stephen Carlile



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