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King of Shadows

Synopsis
Radio play by Susan Cooper, dramatised by Beatrice Colin. A magical adventure story set partly in the present day and partly in Elizabethan England. Chosen to play Puck in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, young American Nat Field travels to London. Visiting Shakespeare’s Globe for the first time he falls ill with the bubonic plague. When he awakes he finds that he has travelled 400 years back in time. He meets Burbage, Queen Elizabeth and his hero Shakespeare. Shakespeare becomes a surrogate father to Nat and tries to show him (via Sonnet 116) that even death cannot break the bonds of love.
Series
Afternoon Play
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
20 Mar 2003 at 14:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Gaynor Macfarlane
Writer
Susan Cooper
Adaptor for Radio
Beatrice Colin
Cast
Adam SimsNat
Andrew WoodallRichard Burbage
Andrew WoodallArby
Buffy DavisRachel
George TomHenry
Martin HyderDoctor
Robert GlenisterWilliam Shakespeare
Sally DexterQueen Elizabeth

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; Time Travel

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

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