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Bad Case of Shakespeare, A

Synopsis
Television series hosted by Nanette Fabray and dedicated to the belief that ‘experimentation in television is vital to the future’. The programme, filmed near Stratford-upon-Avon, is in three parts. In Part 1 John Gielgud, Diana Rigg, Christopher Plummer and David Warner discuss Shakespeare’s life and work. Gielgud admits that he neither likes nor understands some of the lesser plays. Part 2 is a short drama, written by Anthony Rouse, about Shakespeare Smith, a 20th-century Englishman (Castle) who, convinced that he is really William Shakespeare, seeks help from a psychoanalyst (Flood). In Part 3 students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts rehearse scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.
Series
Experiment in TV
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1992
Transmission details
22 Mar 1970 (Channel: NBC)
Duration
60 mins
Availability
Out of Distribution (2006)

Credits

Director
Ronald Fouracre
Writer
Anthony Rouse
Contributor
Christopher Plummer; David Warner; Diana Rigg; John Gielgud
Cast
Gerald Flood 
John CastleShakespeare Smith
Sally Faulkner 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals

Notes

Notes
The first section, discussing Shakespeare’s life and work, was released on video in 1992 by World Microfilms currently deleted (2006).
Uses
GCSE and A-level English and drama.
Reviews
Variety (March 25th 1970). ‘Bok’.

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Distributor (Sale)

Name

World Microfilms

Contact
Stephen Albert
Email
microworld@ndirect.co.uk
Web
http://www.microworld.uk.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7586 4499
Fax
020 7722 1068
Address
PO Box 35488
St John’s Wood
London
NW8 6WD
Notes
World Microfilms distributes the Audio Forum collection of CDs for language learning and the Sussex Tapes library of video and audio material for sixth form and undergraduate teaching. The Sussex Tapes collection concentrates on the areas of English, history and music. Architecture programmes from the Masters of Architecture and Pidgeon Digital (qv) series of slides are sold on DVD as well as being accessible online via subscription.

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