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Hamlet

Synopsis
In this radio programme Derek Jacobi, who played Hamlet in the BBC TV production, gives a personal introduction to the play. He examines the many interpretations of a role that has been regarded as the pinnacle of an actor’s career.
Series
Prefaces to Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
18 May 1980 at 19:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Contributor
Derek Jacobi

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
actors; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Hamlet (character); Jacobi, Derek
Related items
Hamlet
Hamlet

Notes

Notes
An audio clip of the programme is available on the BBC Archive website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/hamlet/8519.shtml?all=2&id=8519 (accessed 1/2010). Duration is here given as 20 minutes 52 seconds.
History
The series of radio talks was given as curtain raiser to the transmission of the BBC Television Shakespeare plays.
Textual information
The edited transcripts of the radio talks on the individual plays are collected in Roger Sales’ Shakespeare in Perspective , Vols. 1 and 2 (London: Ariel Books/British Broadcasting Corporation), which were published in 1982 and 1985, respectively.
Reviews
Source: Source: The Times, BBC Archive (http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive)

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/hamlet/8519.shtml?all=2&id=8519
Online format
Streamed

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

Distributor

Name

BBC Archive

Web
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ External site opens in new window

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