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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
A television production of the play that never made it to the screen. It was directed by Donald McWhinnie in 1978 with the intention of being shown as part of the first series of the BBC Television Shakespeare. Michael York was cast as Benedick and Penelope Keith as Beatrice. For reasons never quite known, it was eventually cancelled and substituted by a new production of the play which was shown towards the end of the cycle on 30 November 1984.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound

Credits

Director
Donald McWhinnie
Producer
Cedric Messina
Art Direction
Don Taylor
Cast
Penelope KeithBeatrice
Michael YorkBenedick
Nigel DavenportDon Pedro
Ian RichardsonDon John

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William
Related items
Front Row [08/04/2008]

Notes

Notes
FRONT ROW [9 April 2008] included an item on why the play had not been broadcast and concluded it was ‘a victim of BBC internal politics’, possibly a dispute between the series’ producers Cedric Messina and Shaun Sutton (Sutton pulled it, believing it ‘a flawed production’). Brief extracts from I i, and IV i were broadcast. According to the programme a copy exists in the BBC’s archives.
History
This televised adaptation, planned for the first BBC TV Shakespeare series, went through all the production motions (casting, rehearsal, recording, editing) but it was never released. Cf. Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991), p. 15.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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