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Two Traditions, The

Synopsis
Television documentary series. A nine-part series in which John Barton, associate director with the Royal Shakespeare Company, works with RSC actors analysing how Shakespeare’s text works examining the use of verse and prose, set speeches and solilioquies, language and character. The later programmes concentrate on areas such as irony, ambiguity, passion and coolness. Episode 1 THE TWO TRADITIONS demonstrates how an actor can maintain a balance between Shakespeare’s heightened language and the modern day naturalistic aesthetic.
Series
Playing Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
29 Jul 1984 at 19:45 (Channel: Channel Four)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
John Carlow
Producer
Andrew Snell
Contributor
John Barton
Cast
Alan Howard 
Ben Kingsley 
David Suchet 
Ian McKellen 
Lisa Harrow 
Mike Gwilym 
Sheila Hancock 

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Verse speaking; Workshops
Related items
Lessons in Reality, Just from ‘Playing Shakespeare’

Notes

Notes
In June 2009 all 9 parts of the series were released for sale in the US in a 4-disc DVD set by Athena, ISBN 1-59828-221-4. Price $79.99.
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Playing Shakespeare by John Barton, with a foreword by Trevor Nunn, is published by Methuen 1984. The book complements the series and reproduces part of the discussions in the programmes with some editing and rewording.

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
Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

Distributor

Name

Athena

Email
customerservice@acornonline.com
Web
http://acornonline.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+651-351-3990
Fax
+651-351-3996
Address
c/o
Acorn Media
102 South Second Street
Stillwater
MN 55082
USA
Notes
Athena is a label of Acorn Media.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

ITN Source

Email
uksales@itnsource.com
Web
http://www.itnsource.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 207 430 4480
Address
200 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8XZ

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