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Macbeth

Synopsis
Television production of Macbeth. A recording of the live television performance of the New York City Players Club production in the Folger Library. Directed on stage by Anthony Brown and Owen Davis, and for NBC by Garry Simpson.
Series
Philco Television Playhouse
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Transmission details
1 May 1949 at 21:00 (Channel: NBC)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Gerry Simpson; Owen Davis
Producer
Harold McGee
Writer
William Shakespeare
Contributor
Anthony Brown
Cast
Walter HampdenMacbeth
Joyce RedmanLady Macbeth
Walter AbelMacduff
Philip TruexMalcolm
Alexander ClarkLennox
Ben LacklandSeyton
John CarradineMurderer (1st)
John DrewDonalbain
Leo G. CarrollKing Duncan
Ralph BellamyPorter
Ralph BellamyPorter
Sidney BlackmerRoss

Additional Details

Theatre
Elizabethan Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library
Theatre company
New York City Players Club
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Folger reference copy is a video cassette produced from Kinescope. Rothwell in Rothwell & Melzer Shakespeare on Screen: an International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990, p 151) notes ‘the blurry images on the screen take on the look of beserk film noir’).
History
The production was scheduled on the same evening as the re-staged JULIUS CAESAR (d. Paul Nickell); two Shakespeare plays shown on primetime was (and is) very unusual.
Reviews
Jack Gould, New York Times (22 May 1949).

Production Company

Name

NBC

Sponsor

Name

Philco

Archive

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
Name

Paley Center for Media

Web
http://www.paleycenter.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 621-6600
Address
25 West 52 Street
New York
New York
110019
USA
Notes
Formerly Museum of Television and Radio (MTR). The name changed in 2007.

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