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Serpent, The

Synopsis
Seventh episode of a nine-part BBC television series comprising three of Shakespeare’s Roman plays - Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra. This episode covers Antony and Cleopatra, Act I and II.
Series
Spread of the Eagle, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Recording date
19 Apr 1963
Transmission details
14 Jun 1963 at 21:25 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
50 mins

Credits

Director
Peter Dews
Producer
Peter Dews
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Christopher Whelen
Costume
Elizabeth Agombar
Art Direction
Clifford Hatts
Cast
Keith MichellMark Antony
Mary MorrisCleopatra
David WilliamOctavius Caesar
Jerome WillisSextus Pompey
George SelwayEnobarbus
Alan RoweAgrippa
Barry JacksonMenecrates
Ben HarteVarrius
Bernard Finch 
Bernard LloydScarus
Brian OultonLepidus
Caroline Stephens 
Charles LaurencePhilo
David King (2)Mardian
David WestonDemetrius
Geoffrey HinsliffMenas
Hilary Wright 
Hugh DicksonMessenger
Jill DixonCharmian
John BarcroftAlexas
John GayMaecenas
John GreenwoodMessenger
Leonard CracknellMessenger
Lucy YoungIras
Marion Desmond 
Pamela Craig 
Paul BaileySoothsayer
Paul Harris (2) 
Paul Webster 
Raymond Clarke 
Roger CroucherDolabella
Roy Herrick 
Terry WaleEros
Wendy Varnals 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Matter of Spreadeagling, A

Notes

Notes
A VHS viewing copy of this episode is available at the BFI National Archive.
With a cast of 76 actors, the entire production incurred expenses of more than £9.000.
General
The title for the series, according to director Peter Dews, alludes to the Roman eagle, "aloof, golden, and cruel" (Radio Times, 25 April 1963: 49).
Figures
Reaction Index 71. The RI for Antony and Cleopatra in THE AGE OF KINGS series was 74 (BBC Audience Research). The Reaction Index is a measurement of the quality
and success of the programme with the audience who had watched it. It is based on a range of 0 to 100.)
Reviews
`Continuity Problem of New B.B.C. Shakespeare Series’, The Times, 4 May 1963: 5.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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