The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (1966)

UK, 1967
35mm film, colour
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Peter Brook.

Plot Summary

In an asylum in Napoleonic France, the stages a play about the failure of the , populating his cast with insane inmates as a form of therapy. It centres around one of the leader of the revolution, Jean Paul Marat and his murder by Charlotte Corday.


Directed by: Peter Brook
© MCMLXVI [] by Marat Sade Productions Ltd.
Produced by: Michael Birkett
Screen Adaptation by: Adrian Mitchell
[Based on the Play] By: Peter Weiss
English Translation by: Geoffrey Skelton
Verse Adaptation by: Adrian Mitchell
Photographed by: David Watkin
Edited by: Tom Priestley
Music by: Richard Peaslee
Organ Prelude Composed by: Patrick Gowers
Sound Recordist: Robert Allen
Costumes by: Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss
Wigs and Make-ups Designed by: Ken Lintott, Alan Boyle
Make-up: Bunty Phillips
Hairdresser: Betty Sherriff
The Production Designed by: Sally Jacobs
Shot at Pinewood Studios England

Patrick Magee (Marquis de Sade)
Ian Richardson (Jean-Paul Marat)
Michael Williams (Herald)
Clifford Rose (Monsieur Coulmier)
Glenda Jackson (Charlotte Corday)
Freddie Jones (Cucurucu)
Hugh Sullivan (Kokol)
John Hussey (newly rich lady)
Morgan Sheppard (a mad animal)
Jonathan Burn (Polpoch)
Jeanette Landis (Rossignol)
Robert Lloyd (Jacques Roux)
John Steiner (Monsieur Dupere)
James Mellor (schoolmaster)
Henry Woolf (father)
John Harwood (Voltaire)
Leon Lissek (Lavoisier)
Susan Williamson (Simone Evrard)
Carol Raymont, Mary Allen (patients)
Brenda Kempner (Madame Coulmier)
Mark Jones (mother)
Maroussia Frank, Tamara Fuerst, Sheila Grant, Lynn Pinkney (patients)
Ian Hogg (military representative)
Ruth Baker, Michael Farnsworth, Guy Gordon, Michael Percival (patients)

Alternative Titles




  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.49
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.19 p.45


  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.186
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.281
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1968 p.126
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.289 – credits