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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
Complete performance by the Marlowe Dramatic Society, with Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud as Beatrice and Benedick.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio
Year of release
1960
Availability
Out of Distribution (2005)

Credits

Director
George Rylands
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Peggy AshcroftBeatrice
John GielgudBenedick
Gary WatsonClaudio
William SquireDon Pedro
Peter WoodthorpeDogberry
Clive SwiftConrade
Cyril LuckhamFriar Francis
Donald Layne-SmithAntonio
Gillian WebbMargaret
Ian HolmVerges
Janette RicherUrsula
Janette RicherUrsula
Josephine StuartHero
Michael HordernLeonato
Patrick CreeanDon John
Peter OrrBorachio
Peter PearsBalthasar

Additional Details

Theatre company
Marlowe Dramatic Society
Production type
Sound Recordings(Commercial)
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Series reviewed by Rex Gibson, TES Friday 22/5/98, p. 38.
General
It has been assumed that the tenor, Peter Pears, takes the part of Balthasar singing ``Sign no more, ladies, sigh no more’ ‘Act II iii .
Textual information
The recordings used Dover Wilson’s New Cambridge text.
Documentation
Sleeve notes contain background to the play and the characters.
Reviews
For an assessment of the sound recordings from Arkangel, the Marlowe Society (Rylands) and the Caedmon Shakespeare Recording Society (Sackler) see Lanier, Douglas ‘Shakespeare on the Record’ in Hodgdon, Barbara & Worthen, W.B. (eds) A Companion to Shakespeare in Performance (Malden: Blackwell, 2005), pp415-436

Production Company

Name

Argo

Sponsor

Name

The British Council

Web
http://www.britcoun.org External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7930 8466
Fax
020 7389 6347
Address
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Distributor

Name

Polygram Spoken Word, tel 020 8910 5000

Phone
020 8910 5000

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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