Acting legend John Hurt heads from north Norfolk to hell, purgatory and paradise

John Hurt, who is playing old Dante in a BBC Radio drama The Divine Comedy. Picture: Denise Bradley John Hurt, who is playing old Dante in a BBC Radio drama The Divine Comedy. Picture: Denise Bradley

Friday, March 28, 2014
4:00 PM

Norfolk-based acting legend John Hurt will be heard across the nation’s radio airwaves this weekend as he takes part in a classic drama series.

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He is among the cast of The Divine Comedy on BBC Radio 4 - an adaptation of the epic poem written by Dante in the early 1300s.

The work, regarded as one of the greatest works of world literature, has been adapted - and sees Dante journeying through hell’s inferno, up Mount Purgatory and into paradise.

Mr Hurt, who lives near Cromer, said he recorded his part, old Dante, last month, adding: “It is great stuff for radio because of the writing.

“It is always enjoyable to do something that is perceptive and well-written - a very early piece of writing that is pre-Shakespeare.”

His voice acting has also featured him as a rabbit in Watership Down and a dragon in the Merlin TV series.

The first of three episode airs on Sunday at 3pm on BBC Radio 4.

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