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Hamlet

Synopsis
Radio production of the play adapted and produced by Barbara Burnham. With Leslie Howard in the title role.
Series
World Theatre
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
2 Jan 1938 at 21:05 (Channel: BBC Regional Programme)
Duration
115 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Barbara Burnham
Writer
William Shakespeare
Adaptor for Radio
Barbara Burnham
Cast
Leslie HowardHamlet
Basil RadfordClaudius
Olga LindoGertrude
Bromley DavenportPolonius
Hermione HannenOphelia
Alec ClunesLaertes
Anthony QuayleRosencrantz
David King-WoodMarcellus
Ernest JayGravedigger (1)
Francis de WolffFortinbras
Freda JacksonPlayer (2)
Geoffrey WincottBarnardo
Geoffrey WincottGuildenstern
John AbbottPriest
John AbbottGhost
John Glyn-JonesGravedigger (2)
John Glyn-JonesPlayer (1)
Richard WatsonFrancisco
Richard WatsonCaptain
William DevlinHoratio

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The production was criticised for ‘faulty cutting’ , especially for the omission of single lines in important speeches, such as Polonius tragical-historical speech. The listener’s criticism and the producer’s response can be found in Radio Times, 21 January 1938, p. 9.
History
Fourth play to be broadcast in the BBC ‘World Theatre’ series.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is being held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
An interview with Leslie Howard in Radio Times, 31 December 1937, p. 7.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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