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Midsummer Night’s Dream / Richard II / Twelfth Night

Synopsis
Four programmes relating to course AA306: Band 1) Staging Dreams: explores how magic can be represented in the modern theatre. Features extracts from several productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Band 2) Casting a King: Richard II: focuses on the issue of casting and considers how our interpretation of lines, characters and a play in general are affected by the choice of actors. Features detailed comparisons of three interpretations of the character of Richard II by Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Fiona Shaw;
Band 3) With Richard Briers as Malvolio, looks closely at the ‘nuts and bolts’ of comic acting in a workshop by Richard Briers. Among more general comments, Briers discusses his interpretation of the role of Malvolio from Twelfth Night for Kenneth Branagh’s productions on both stage and screen; Band 4) Orsino and Viola at the Young Vic theatre - features two short extracts from Tim Supple’s production of Twelfth Night, inviting comparisons with Branagh’s productions.
Series
Shakespeare: Text and Performance, Course Aa306
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
93 mins
Availability
Out of distribution

Credits

Cast
Ian McKellenKing Richard II
Richard BriersMalvolio

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Richard II; Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting; acting techniques; comedy; drama production; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); magic; Casting (roles); Gender reversal

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

Web
https://cannystore.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
Timothy’s Bridge Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9NQ

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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