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Baal (1982)

A play by Bertolt Brecht; the programme was first broadcast on 2 March 1982, 9.25pm (BBC1).

Running time: 1 hour and 5 minutes


Baal image #1

The first photo shows Baal (played by David Bowie) and Sophie (Zoe Wanamaker) performing in a bar.  The second photo shows them backstage at the bar, with other performers, preparing to escape.


Breathtakingly amoral, the artist-poet Baal displays scant regard for humanity and corrupts many of the individuals unfortunate enough to cross his path - including his patron's wife, Emilie. 

Having left a trail of destruction behind him, he amuses himself by performing a lewd cabaret act with his latest mistress, the discontented Sophie.  Baal humiliates the young woman before the cabaret audience, then shows remarkably little compassion when he discovers that she is pregnant as they roam across the South German countryside. 

Several years later, Sophie encounters the artist-poet again.  Evidently still suffering under the effects of his nefarious influence, she is barely recognisable.  Baal remains unmoved.


Baal ... David Bowie
Mech ... Robert Austin
Eckart ... Jonathan Kent
Piller ... Russell Wootton
Johannes ... Julian Wadham
Louise ... Sylvia Brayshay
Johanna ... Tracey Childs
Emilie ... Juliet Hammond
Sophie ... Zo Wanamaker
Horgauer ... Michael Miller
Porter`s Wife ... Paola Dionisotti
Soubrette ... Polly James
Mjurk ... Leon Lissek
Lupu ... Julian Littman
First Cab Driver ... Wally Thomas
Second Cab Driver ... Roy Evans
Hugh Walters ... Pianist
First Policeman ... James Duggan
Second Policeman ... Bill Stewart
First Woodcutter ... Brian Coburn
Second Woodcutter ... P.J. Davidson
Third Woodcutter ... Michael Hughes
Fourth Woodcutter ... Trevor Cooper


Translator of Baal: John Willett
Adapted by: John Willett and Alan Clarke
Director: Alan Clake
Producer: Louis Marks
Cinematography: John Timbers
Production Designer: Tony Abbott
Costume Designer: Reg Samuel
Makeup: Pauline Cox
Musical Director: Dominic Muldowney
Non-Original Music: Kurt Weill
Video Effects: Dave Jervis


David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht's Baal MP3 album

Related links

Baal production photo - BBC (the image is about halfway down the webpage)

Guide to David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht's Baal album and Baal production notes - David Bowie Fan Page - Teenage Wildlife

Baal production information - IMDB

Baal production information - BFI Film & TV Database

Baal production information - Memorable TV

Baal (play) - Wikipedia

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