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Much Ado About Nothing: An Introduction

Synopsis
Part of a series of educational films intended to serve as an introduction to each play’s theme or atmosphere. Designed to reproduce the conditions of acting in Elizabethan times such as having the same actors play several roles, thus showing how the plays were originally written for a specific company of actors. Includes extracts from Act IV i (Beatrice urging Benedick to kill Claudio); Act V ii (the lovers become reconciled).
Series
Shakespeare Series, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1973
Duration
12 mins
Availability
Out of distribution (2005).

Credits

Director
Peter Seabourne
Producer
John Seabourne
Writer
Peter Seabourne
Cast
Alison KeyBeatrice
Derrick GilbertBenedick
Linda RenwickMargaret
Susan JamesonUrsula

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Elizabethan stage

Notes

Uses
Secondary and further education.

Production Company

Name

Realist Film Unit

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

Distributor

Name

National Education Video Library

Contact
John Lovell
Email
tryfannevl@aol.com
Phone
01286 676001 or 07768 105467
Fax
01286 676001
Address
Arfon House
Bontnewydd
Caernarvon
Gwynned
LL54 7UN
Notes
Formerly the National Audio Visual (Aids) Library. No longer holds 16mm material. Retains the negatives and copyright to the EFVA material, but have no viewing copies. Video only. (1/97) Alternative address might be Arfon House, Bontnewydd, Caernarvon, Gwynned LL54 7UN Telephone/Fax 01286 676001

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