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William and the Lost Tourist

Synopsis
Martin Jarvis reads the ‘William and the Lost Tourist’ from William the Conquerer written by Richmal Crompton. Learning a speech from Julius Caesar proves unexpectedly useful in coming to the assistance of a beautiful American visitor.
Series
Just William - Live!
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
23 Dec 2003 at 11:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Writer
Richmal Crompton
Cast
Martin Jarvis 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stratford-upon-Avon; Heritage industry

Notes

Notes
Available on CD and audiotape as JUST WILLIAM:LIVE ON STAGE " (BBC Radio Collection). The story is also included in THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee. See the catalogue entry for details of format and availability.
General
The event was recorded at the Everyman Theatre as part of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. The story was written in 1926 and even then Shakespeare was perceived as being part of the heritage industry and William and the Lost Tourist is a satire on tourism. William encounters an American lady and says " She’s looking for "Stratford-upon-Avon, that Shakespeare guy’s place. If I don’t do it today I’ll never do it. Everyone I know’s done it, an’ to go back home an’ say that I’ve not seen Stratford - well I’d never hold my head up again - never." There are several other references to Shakespeare in the Just William books.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
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020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
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Online Retailer

Name

bbcshop.com

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0870 241 5490
Fax
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