The Mercury Theatre


All surviving broadcasts from The Mercury Theatre on the Air
Remastered and 100% free, click here to start listening

The Theatre

The Mercury Theatre on the Air produced some of the most extraordinary radio to ever hit the airwaves. Welles’s direction and acting, Bernard Herrmann’s visionary scores and the likes of Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead in supporting roles, combined to produce electrifying renditions of established classics.

Although the Mercury Theatre on the Air has never quite slipped into obscurity, the plays are rarely heard on contemporary radio and in spite of having fallen into the public domain, they have fallen out of the public consciousness. The first series of 22 episodes (of which 4 are considered lost) were uniquely creative adaptations of classic and contemporary literature. This site aims to offer those productions, newly-remastered and entirely free, in the hope that a new generation of listeners can enjoy them.

The Shows

About the site



To offer listeners the productions of Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre in a simple, easy-to-use website, for both download and streaming.

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To restore the plays, many of which exist only in poorly-recorded condition, and to freely distribute these remastered recordings.

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To promote not only the work of the Mercury Theatre, but of radio theatre in general, and to ensure its preservation for future generations.

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"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone."

Orson Welles