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Hysteria 2

Alternative title
Shakespeare Sketch
Synopsis
Television charity variety show to support World Aids Day. The event was directed by Stephen Fry and directed for television by David G. Croft. Includes a sketch (c6 mins) in which Rowan Atkinson (in Blackadder costume but not named as such) gives advice to Shakespeare (Hugh Laurie) on the cuts required for Hamlet. An extract from the exchange is as follows:

Blackadder: Exactly. So that’s why I think we should trim some of the dead wood.

Shakespeare: Dead wood?

Blackadder: Yeah, you know: some of that stand-up stuff in the middle of the action.

Shakespeare: You mean the soliloquies?
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
1 Dec 1989 (Channel: Channel Four)
Duration
108 mins

Credits

Director
David G. Croft
Producer
Trevor Hopkins
Writer
Richard Curtis; Stephen Fry
Contributor
Stephen Fry
Cast
Hugh LaurieWilliam Shakespeare
Rowan Atkinson 

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Hamlet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The full script of the Shakespeare sketch can be read by visiting http://www.blackadderhall.com/specials/shakespeare_sketch.shtml. The sketch was available on a video called HYSTERIA 2- THE SECOND COMING currently deleted (2005).

Production Company

Name

Tiger Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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