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The Anastasia File - May 2001

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Written by Royce Ryton

Directed by Steve Berry

Cast List

Inspector
 
Mike Newvell
Mrs Manahan
 
Jean Russell
Actor
 
Kevin Lane
Actress
 
Helen Caston

This spell-binding play tells the intriguing story of Anastasia, Grand Duchess of Russia, and her fate after the execution of Czar Nicholas and his family in July 1918.
Did the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, die with the rest of the Imperial Family at Ekaterinberg in 1918? Or was she the girl who was rescued from a Berlin canal in 1920? The obscurity surrounding Anastasia's fate after the Russian Revolution in 1918 is one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th Century.
This play presents the case for and against 'Mrs Manahan' - we see, in flashback, the life of the girl found in an asylum in 1920. Is Anastasia genuine? Why did some of her relatives reject her? Was it for the Romanov fortune waiting in the Bank of England or for some more complex reason?

The Russian aristocracy start the questions

1920s: Russian aristocracy try
to authenticate her identity

Mrs Manahan and the medical staff

Mrs Manahan and the medical staff
 

The Inspector quizzes the Doctor

The Inspector quizzes the Doctor:
"Can she really be the Grand Duchess?"

I remember her well

I recognised her at once...
 

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