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Shakespearean Baseball Game, The

Synopsis
The Canadian comedy duo Frank Wayne and Johnny Shuster parody a number of Shakespeare plays including Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Richard III in the form of a baseball game. First performed on television in 1958, the beginning of the sketch states ‘Bosworth Field - A Baseball Stadium near Stratford’ [Ontario]. The dialogue is written and performed in a version of blank verse.

Rusty: Where is the captain of our team
The mighty Rocky? The man whom
all the sports reporters call the noblest catcher of them all’.

while Macduff scores ` a hit...a very palpable hit’.
Series
Wayne and Shuster Show, The
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Multimedia; Video

Credits

Writer
Frank Wayne; Johnny Shuster
Cast
Frank Wayne 
Johnny Shuster 

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Hamlet; Julius Caesar; Macbeth; Richard III
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); sport; Baseball

Notes

Notes
A video clip and a downloadable script are available on www.canadianshakespeares.ca. The sketch is included in the DVD/video compilation WAYNE AND SHUSTER: 50 YEARS OF COMEDY.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/video/baseball.cfm

Production Company

Name

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Online Retailer

Name

Inetvideo.com

Email
support@inetvideo.com
Web
http://www.inetvideo.com External site opens in new window
Phone
646 964 6452

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