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Macbeth

Alternative title
The Shakespeare Plays
Synopsis
Television production of the play with Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire as the Macbeths.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
22 Jun 1982
Transmission details
5 Nov 1983 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Director
Jack Gold
Producer
Shaun Sutton
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Carl Davis
Costume
Michael Burdle
Art Direction
Gerry Scott
Contributor
David Snodin
Cast
Nicol WilliamsonMacbeth
Jane LapotaireLady Macbeth
Tony DoyleMacduff
James HazeldineMalcolm
Ian HoggBanquo
Alistair HendersonFleance
Anne DysonWitch (3rd)
Barry LoweMurderer (1st)
Brenda BruceWitch (1st)
Christopher EllisonCaptain
Christopher FulfordSecond Messenger (Messenger)
Christopher ReichMurderer (2nd)
Crispin MairMacduff’s son
David LyonAngus
Denyse AlexanderGentlewoman
Eamon BolandSeyton
Eileen WayWitch (2nd)
Gawn GraingerRoss
Gordon KaneFirst Messenger (Messenger)
Gordon KaneServant
James BolamPorter
Jill BakerLady Macduff
John RoweLennox
John WoodnuttScottish Doctor (Doctor of Physic)
Mark LindsayFifth Murderer (Murderer)
Matthew LongMenteith
Nicholas CoppinYoung Siward
Peter PorteousCaithness
Philip DunbarMurderer (3rd)
Rodney CardiffFourth Murderer (Murderer)
Tom BowlesDonalbain
Will LeightonOld Man
William AbneySiward, Earl of Northumberland

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Television drama
Related items
Macbeth
Macbeth

Notes

Notes
The production is commercially available on DVD as part of the BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION box set (see separate entry). The VHS version was deleted in March 2004.
History
This production was part of the sixth series (producer: Shaun Sutton). Recording took one week.
Textual information
Between 1978 and 1986 the BBC published individual scripts of the series. Each volume of The BBC TV Shakespeare, ed. Peter Alexander et al. (London: British Broadcasting Corporation) contains the full text of the play (the Peter Alexander edition) with accompanying notes on the scene breaks and cuts made in the production, as well as a glossary. A general introduction to the play by series literary advisor John Wilders is followed by an essay on the production of the play by Henry Fenwick. This is based on interviews with actors, directors, and designers.
Reviews
Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

Time-Life Films Inc

Phone
0101 201 843 4545
Address
PO Box 644
NJ 07652
USA

Distributor

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Trumedia Ltd

Contact
Bill Cotton
Email
sales@trumedia.co.uk
Web
https://trumedia.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01865 847837
Fax
01865 847837
Address
9 Meadow View
Kidlington
Kidlington
OX5 2XY
Notes
Trumedia supplies video tapes and DVDs to UK schools, colleges and universities and is geared up to take official orders from educational institutions. The catalogue highlights programmes likely to be of use in the curriculum, but the company can supply any video in current UK distribution, as well as some deleted titles. Particularly strong in the areas of English literature and drama, as well as history, natural history, art & artists, and foreign language films.

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