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Sir Peter Hall Directs Shakespeare’s Last Plays

Synopsis
Television arts documentary. Absorbing account of Peter Hall’s final productions as director of the National Theatre, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest, using the same group of actors and showing rehearsals from first read-through to the final dress. From The Tempest, rehearsal for II ii and III ii, plus the epilogue are shown in some detail, with comments from actors and directors. From Cymbeline I vii, II ii, II iv and from The Winter’s Tale I ii, III ii, V v. There are also brief extracts from Hall’s 1973 production of The Tempest derived from material taken from the 1976 programme YOUR NATIONAL THEATRE.
Series
South Bank Show, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
24 Apr 1988 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
55 mins

Credits

Director
Chris Hunt
Producer
Chris Hunt
Contributor
Peter Hall
Cast
Tim Pigott-SmithLeontes, King of Sicily
Sarah MilesImogen
Peter WoodwardPosthumus Leonatus
Tony HaygarthCaliban
Basil HensonCamillo
John BluthalStephano
Peter WoodwardPolixenes
Tim Pigott-SmithTrinculo

Additional Details

Theatre
National Theatre, London
Theatre company
National Theatre Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Cymbeline; Tempest, The; Winter’s Tale, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stage directing; Rehearsals

Notes

General
Sarah Miles was dismissed from the Company before the plays opened and was replaced by Geraldine James.
History
Transmitted in the US on the Bravo channel 4 June 1989.

Production Company

Name

London Weekend Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor (Sale)

Name

ITN Source

Email
uksales@itnsource.com
Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 207 430 4480
Address
200 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8XZ

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