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documentary The Waltz King A story of the waltz and the Strauss family

A story of the waltz and the Strauss family

The Waltz King A story of the waltz and the Strauss family


At the beginning of the 19th century, Europe was set alight by a shocking new dance craze. It was accompanied by popular music that was played, whistled and hummed all around the globe. It was called the waltz and its story is inseparable from the story of one family. A family named Strauss.

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  • Lesley Garrett | Narrator
  • Simon Holdsworth | Set designer
  • Gabrielle Dalton | Costumes
  • Simon Williams | Older Johann Strauss II
  • Katie Blake | Adele Strauss
  • Joe Duttine | Strauss I
  • Alexandre Gilbreath | Anne Strauss
  • Blake Riston | Older Johann Strauss II
  • Joseph Edwards | Johann Strauss (as a child)
  • Sarah Everard | Lady Pallenberg
  • Barnaby Stone | Franz Strauss
  • Nick Barber | Wagner
  • William Armstrong | Hirsch
  • David Barrass | Prussian general
  • Laurence Spellman | Dashing young Blade
  • Kim Fenton | The Times reader
  • Olivier Wilson-Dickson | Violinist
  • Bryn Walters | Handsome bargeman
  • Agurtzane Arrien | Dancer
  • Louisa Mc Alpine | Dancer
  • Colm Seery | Dancer
  • Master's Wiener Waltzer Tanz Ensemble
  • Chris Tudor | Conductor
  • Wiener Academy
  • Alfred Eschwé | Conductor
  • David Charles Abell | Conductor


  • Directed by:
    • Rupert Edwards
  • Production date: 2004
  • Duration: 58 min
  • Production: © BBC MMV
  • Available version(s): EN
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