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Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations


Series Name
British Movietone News


Issue No.
Date Released
7 May 1978
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Royal Parachutists
  2. 2Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations


Story No. within this Issue
2 / 2
MOVIETONE CARD TITLE: Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations. DESCRIPTION: Each year in Stratford-on-Avon they celebrate the birthday of their most famous citizen, ‘The Bard of Avon’, William Shakespeare. The streets of the town are filled with a colourful parade and the playwright’s tomb in Holy Trinity Church is covered with wreaths and flowers. SHOTLIST: Zoom out from blossom to GV Royal Shakespeare Theatre. MCU book opens to show photo of Shakespeare. CU ditto. Zoom out to Gower memorial to Shakespeare in the Bancroft Gardens. GV ditto. CU statue ‘Bluff’ Prince Hal holding crown. CU ‘Hamlet’ statue. CU ‘Lady Macbeth’ statue. Zoom out ‘Falstaff’ statue with tourists posing for photos. CU tourists taking photos. GV house where Shakespeare was born. CU plaque by door. MS tourists out of coach. MS tourists enter house. Pan bedroom where Shakespeare was born. CU crib. Zoom in birth recorded in parish register. MLS tourists look at Shakespeare’s relics, books etc. CU portrait. CU another portrait showing similarity. Various shots of document signed by Shakespeare upon sale of house. Zoom into book. CU ditto. GV tourists out of coach and enter garden of Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Various shots ditto. CU painting of cottage. GV Royal Shakespeare Theatre. GV children dancing on green. MLS ditto. MS crowd. MS children dancing. GV procession. MS ditto. Pan crowd. MS procession with Beadle leading with Mace Bearers. CU ditto. MS procession. Pan crowd watching. GV band of Royal Engineers marching through street. MCU ditto. MS procession. MCU ditto including. Morris dancers. MS representatives of RST. GV procession approached Shakespeare’s birthplace. Various ditto. Pan spectators watching from window. MS schoolboys in procession. Various ditto. Zoom out canal boat to GV Holy Trinity Church. GV interior church. Zoom out plaque by tomb. GV tomb. GV boys approaching church. Pan church. GV procession enters church. Pan church to procession entering. GV interior church visitors presenting flowers for tomb. Various ditto. MS flowers on tomb. MS bust of William Shakespeare. CU tomb and inscription. CU bust of Shakespeare. NB Morris dancers only walk in the procession.
Commemorations; Celebrations and festivals
Card file number
Leonard Martin
Norman Fisher
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