Casting “The Place of the Lion”

The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion

Let’s play a game of pretend. Suppose you were making a movie of The Place of the Lion for the BBC: Which actors would you cast in the major roles? Go!

Anthony Durant
Damaris Tighe
Quentin Sabot
Dora Wilmot
Mr. Foster
Mr. Tighe (Damaris’ father)
Mr. Berringer (unconscious for the whole story)
Berringer’s housekeeper
Berringer’s nurse

Mrs. Rockbotham


About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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6 Responses to Casting “The Place of the Lion”

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    I don’t think I am sufficiently au fait with the likelies to be much good at this game – for instance, I have still not caught up with the 2012 White/Stoppard Parade’s End (which might be a good hunting ground…).

    However, I was a Lovecraft lover before I had ever heard of Charles Williams, and enjoyed the 2005 Leman/Branney Call of Cthulhu film, which conducted the interesting experiment of making the sort of silent film that might have been made if the story had been filmed immediately after publication in 1928.

    This got me wondering if you would be willing to make your game double-barrelled, by adding a parallel ‘who might well have been cast if it had been filmed in the 1930s’?

    On the chance you would, my first thought was Leslie Howard for Anthony (he would have been 39 in 1932, but given he was cast as Romeo in 1936, that might not have been a disqualification).

    But, ah, who else, then or now…?

    Perhaps Ernest Thesiger as Mr Tighe in the 1930s version?


  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Dtill thinking Thirties…

    Would Dwight Frye have been too wild as Quentin?

    And how about Wendy Hiller as Damaris?


  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    That it took me this long to think how to make Charles Williams a household word!

    Anthony: Daniel Radcliffe
    Damaris: Emma Watson
    Quentin: Rupert Grint…

    (What other reprise Potter-mining would be most (sensationalistically) apt?)


    • Sørina Higgins says:

      Haha! That’s hilarious. Grand idea. But if we could get people who can act, that would be even better….


  4. Steve says:

    I’ve no idea who would fit the parts, but I’d love someone to make the movie.


  5. rri0189 says:

    Taylor Schilling, I rather fancy, for Damaris.

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