BBC and Benedict Cumberbatch Bring Franz Kafka to Radio
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The BBC has teamed up with nerd hero Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek, The Hobbit, etc.) to put Franz Kafka on radio. Cumberbatch recently read Kafka’s iconic story “The Metamorphosis,” and the audio file is free online for 29 more days!
The Kafka Cumberbatch mash-up was only one part of BBC’s “In the Shadow of Kafka,” the radio presentation of “a series of documentaries and drama examining one of the most elusive and intriguing figures in 20th century literature.”
Also notable is this radio drama production of Kafka’s great novel The Castle adapted by Ed Harris and featuring Dominic Rowan, Sammy T Dobson, Mark Benton, and more: In Franz Kafka’s mind-warping novel, set in a bureaucratic wonderland, the hapless land-surveyor known only as K answers a summons to work at the mysterious Castle, only to find himself drawn into a labyrinth of terror and absurdity. Part 1 is an hour long and available online (for 27 more days). Part 2 will go online after airing on radio.