SF175: R.U.R. by Columbia Workshop

More from Columbia Workshop today, with a radio dramatization of the play that brought the world the word ‘robot’.  It’s Karel Capek’s 1920 play R.U.R.  This first aired April 18, 1937.

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  1. Nick  November 3, 2011

    Wonderful! This has always been one of my favourite plays but I’d no idea it had been recorded for radio. Great to hear it for the first time. Also interesting to hear them say ‘robot’ (as ‘rubbut’)- it was a new word and no one had really decided how it should sound.

    • RelicRadio  November 3, 2011

      As far as I know this is the only surviving adaptation. The BBC did it a couple of times, but no recordings exist.

      Yes, rubbut – not to be confused with ‘row butt’ which is a nautical term the Captain may be familiar with. In a Piratical sense that is.

      • Nick  November 7, 2011

        Aye, we slew a fleet o’ rubbuts one foggy afternoon. Twas not, all in all, our finest hour.


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