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In his enduringly popular masterpiece, C.S. Lewis re-imagines Hell as a gruesome bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and wry wit, Radio Theatre's The Screwtape Letters centers on the senior demon Screwtape (Andy Serkis) as he shares correspondence with his apprentice Wormwood. The younger spirit's assignment is terrorizing a man in London during the tumultuous days of World War II.


A senior demon and Undersecretary of Temptation.



A younger tempter and Screwtape's nephew.


C.S. Lewis

Author and narrator.


John Hamilton

The "patient" of Wormwood.



John Hamilton's love interest.



Screwtape's personal assistant.


Andy Serkis (Screwtape)

Andy Serkis

Andy is perhaps best known worldwide for portraying Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. His many other movies include King Kong, Inkheart, The Prestige and Stormbreaker. Andy is currently working with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg on the Tintin feature film scheduled for release in 2011 and preparing for two upcoming movies based on The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bertie Carvel (Wormwood)

Bertie Carvel

Bertie trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His TV roles include George Ellis in Hawking (BBC) and Lord Carmarthen in John Adams (HBO). His theatre credits include Parade at the Donmar, for which he received an Oliver Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical, and Coram Boy at the Royal National Theatre.

Geoffrey Palmer (C.S. Lewis)

Geoffrey Palmer

One of Britain's best-loved actors, Geoffrey has starred in such classic British television comedy and drama series as Butterflies, with Wendy Craig, and As Time Goes By, with Dame Judi Dench. His films include The Madness of King George, Tomorrow Never Dies, Anna and the King and Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown.

Philip Bird (John Hamilton)

Philip Bird

Philip's extensive stage work includes appearances at the Royal National Theatre and leading roles at Shakespeare's Globe in London. He was nominated for an Oliver Award. His film and TY credits include Northanger Abbey, Into the Void, Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness, The Glass, A Bit of a Do and The Phoenix and the Carpet.

Roger Hammond (Toadpipe)

Roger Hammond

Roger's films include Around the World in 80 Days, Madame Sousatzka, Richard III, Possession, with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Redemption Road. He has been featured in such biblical TV movies as David, Solomon and Jesus, as well as period dramas like Little Dorrit and The Way We Live Now.

Laura Michelle Kelly (Dorothy)

Laura Michelle Kelly

Laura won the prized Oliver Award for her role as Mary Poppins in the London premiere of the stage musical inspired by the classic movie. She also appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina. Her other leading roles range from Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady to Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She released her debut musical album, The Storm Inside, in 2006 and contributed to the songs included in this production as well.

Douglas Gresham (Host)

Douglas Gresham

Douglas is the son of novelists W.L. Gresham and Joy Davidman and the stepson of C.S. Lewis. His career has ranged from farming to radio and television presentation. He is now the artistic advisor to the C.S. Lewis Estate and is also a speaker and broadcaster. His autobiography, Lenten Lands, tells of his childhood with Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis.


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