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Judith Shakespeare

Synopsis
Combining known facts with a fictional interpretation, this biographical drama written by Nan Woodhouse is set in the seventeenth century and tells the story of Judith, Shakespeare’s youngest daughter.
Series
Afternoon Play
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
25 Apr 1996 at 14:02 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Tracey Neale
Producer
Tracey Neale
Cast
Amanda RootJudith Shakespeare
Andrew Wincott 
Anne Beach 
Anton LesserHenry Wriothesley
Colleen Prendergast 
Jillie Meers 
Melinda WalkerAnne Hathaway
Michael PenningtonWilliam Shakespeare
Stephen Critchlow 
Thomas Connor 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
17th Century
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Shakespeare, Judith

Notes

General
According to the BBC Radio Press Information, author Nan Woodhouse’s inspiration for the story came from living next door but one to Susanna’s home, Hall’s Croft, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Woodhouse says that she was intrigued by the little that is known about Hamnet’s twin sister: "History seems to have painted her as some kind of idiot or peasant, possibly because, although she could write, she always signed her name with a cross. Through my researches I realised that there was a lot more to this woman and that she had a truly interesting story of her own" (qtd. in BBC Radio Press Information Week 17, 20-26 April 1996, p. 26).

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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