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Romeo and Juliet

Synopsis
Version of the play adapted for television by Dallas Bower; Tony Britton is Romeo and Virginia McKenna is Juliet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
22 May 1955 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
135 mins

Credits

Director
Harold Clayton
Producer
Harold Clayton
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Cecily Arnold; Marshall Johnson
Art Direction
Roy Oxley
Adaptor for Television
Dallas Bower
Cast
Tony BrittonRomeo
Virginia McKennaJuliet
Laurence PayneMercutio
Harcourt WilliamsFriar Laurence
Flora RobsonNurse
Brian MooreheadGregory
Colin DouglasSampson
David GarthFriar John
David HorneCapulet
Eric LanderBenvolio
Henry DaviesBalthasar
J. Leslie FrithApothecary
James RaglanMontague
Jill EsmondLady Capulet
John PhillipsChorus
John PhillipsEscalus, Prince of Verona
Michael BrennanPeter
Noel HoodLady Montague
Owen HolderParis
Peter HenchieOfficer
Richard WordsworthTybalt
Robert GageAbram
Robert ScrogginsPage to Paris

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Production cost: £3.334 (BBC Play Library)
Cast: 59.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a television script.

A short extract from the play is included in THIS WAS THE FUTURE (BBC 11 December 1957), a survey of the first twenty one years of the BBC television service. A preservation copy of this title is held in the BFI National Archive.
Stills
Stills of the production kept at the BFI National Archive, London.
Reviews
For more production information and evaluation cf. Rothwell, Kenneth S. and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 541, p. 253.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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Fax
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Address
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