British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Dustin Hoffman and Peter Hall

Synopsis
Television arts documentary. Sir Peter Hall rehearses with Dustin Hoffman and other cast members of the Peter Hall Company for the London stage production of The Merchant of Venice. Filmed over one complete day’s rehearsal, the scenes covered are I iii, II v and IV i, mostly Hoffman’s scenes. Both Hoffman and Hall comment on the character of Shylock with emphasis on anti-semitism, and Hall expounds his theories of speaking Shakespeare’s verse. An interesting look at the rehearsal process but one dominated by Hall and Hoffman in what soon becomes a self-satisfied and congratulatory exercise.
Series
South Bank Show, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
24 Sep 1989 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
55 mins

Credits

Director
Tony Know
Producer
Tony Know
Contributor
Peter Hall
Cast
Dustin HoffmanShylock
Leigh LawsonAntonio
Nathaniel ParkerBassanio
Geraldine JamesPortia
Michael SiberryGratiano
Abigail McKernNerissa
Basil HensonDuke of Venice
Francesca BullerJessica
Peter-Hugo DalyLauncelot Gobbo

Additional Details

Theatre company
Peter Hall Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Merchant of Venice, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
anti-Semitism; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Verse speaking; Rehearsals
Related items
Merchant of Venice, The

Notes

Notes
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a transcript.

The BFI National Archive also holds production material and inserts.
History
The programme was broadcast the day after the final performance at the Phoenix Theatre, London. The production then played in New York and a performance was recorded by Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) - catalogued separately.

Production Company

Name

London Weekend Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 1658 times.