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Ballad of the Bard

Series

Series Name
Colour Pictorial

Issue

Issue No.
497
Date Released
5 Jul 1964
Date recorded
29 May 1964
Length of issue (in feet)
838
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Ballad of the Bard

Story

Story No. within this Issue
1 / 1
Summary
Pathe synopsis: It’s Shakespeare’s four-hundredth anniversary and everybody’s getting in on the act. We go to the half-timbered cottages of Stratford and, at the one where the Bard’s mother used to live, we find - guitars, long hair and Hey Nonny with an irreverent beat. We see a Shakespeare statue that follows you round with its eyes - a real, showground marvel. We manufacture mead, the honey drink that Falstaff found as an alternative to sack. Then to a revel at Goodwood where the Chichester theatre company show Canadian actors how to eat a boar’s head or do some apple-bobbing. Back to the Birmingham firms mass-producing Shakespeare souvenirs. Then on to a glimpse of the new Shakespeare exhibition that Stratford, Edinburgh and London will have known, and a glimpse of his unchanging river. We hear his sweet innocent character, Miranda, say "O brave new world that has such people in it!" and we’re back with the guitars, the long hair and Bobby Patrick’s Big Six.
Keywords
Commemorations; Celebrations and festivals; Industry and manufacture
Locations
Birmingham; England; Goodwood; West Sussex; Stratford-upon-Avon
Written sources
Pathe Colour Pictorial Lobby Cards   Used for synopsis
Credits:
Commentator
Wilfrid Thomas
Length of story (in feet)
800
Story extras:
Film clip

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