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Take Your Choice: Twelfth Night

Synopsis
Act 1, Scene 5 of Twelfth Night is played first in modern English pronounciation and then in what is conjectured to be Elizabethan English. In the Elizabethan version the women’s parts are spoken by male actors. F. G. Blandford, who did a production of the play in Elizabethan English at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, supervised the rehearsals for this broadcast.
Series
Experimental Hour
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
6 Dec 1937 at 22:00 (Channel: BBC National Programme)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Producer
Barbara Burnham; Mary Hope Allen
Contributor
F. G. Blandford
Cast
Nancy HornsbyViola (later disguised as Cesario)
Stanley AxhamOlivia
Carleton HobbsMalvolio
Dorothy TetleyMaria
Robin MauleMaria

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Twelfth Night
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Elizabethan English

Notes

General
The reproduction of Elizabethan speech is based upon F. G. Blanford’s linguistic research. For more information see the article "As Shakespeare Heard It", Radio Times ( December 3, 1937, p. 16).
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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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