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Gratuitous Sex and Violence: Shakespeare 1601 AD

Synopsis
Canadian comedy sketch show based on the premise ‘what if television had been around for the past 5,000 years’. Each episode explores a particular day in history and the result is a history lesson. "Excess violence in popular entertainment is not a new issue. Shakespeare came under attack for the excessive gore in his play Titus Andronicus. But the Bard’s latest play, Hamlet is opening this week, and Merriment Tonite is there to cover all the Renaissance glitz and glamour. We go behind the scenes to meet the playwright, and the players! Rounding out this episode are Elizabethan game shows, fashion shows, and more" (http://www.historybites.com/episodes.htm). Two clips are available for download on the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare site. Richard Burbage on Playing Hamlet. Shakespeare (Pedro) makes a last minute change to the script, and Burbage (Bainborough) is interviewed by Mary Hearty (Van De Graaf) about playing Hamlet. Is Titus Andronicus Too Violent? Host Rick Green talks about bear baiting on the Elizabethan stage, and Shakespeare explains the use of special effects in Titus Andronicus.
Series
History Bites, Series
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Multimedia; Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
5 Jul 2002 (Channel: History Television Network)

Credits

Writer
Jason Taniguchi; Rick Green
Cast
Bob BainboroughRichard Burbage
Janet Van De Graaff 
Ron PardoWilliam Shakespeare

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Season 4, episode 4.

Online Availability

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

Production Company

Name

S&S Productions

Distributor (Sale)

Name

McNabb Connolly

Email
info@mcnabbconnolly.ca
Web
http://www.mcnabbconnolly.ca/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 905 278 0566
Fax
+1 905 278 2801
Address
60 Briarwood Avenue
Mississauga
Ontario
Canada
L5G 3N6

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