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Faulconbridge

Synopsis
Radio broadcast about King John that focuses on the Faulconbridge family issues. Arranged for radio by Herbert Farjeon. With Leslie Stokes as speaker.
Series
Radio Theatre: Shakespeare’s Characters
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
30 Jul 1944 at 14:30 (Channel: BBC General Forces Programme)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Mary Hope Allen
Writer
William Shakespeare
Contributor
Leslie Stokes
Adaptor for Radio
Herbert Farjeon
Cast
Carleton HobbsKing John
Robert SpeaightFaulconbridge (Philip the Bastard)
Betty BaskcombLady Constance
Norman ShelleyHubert de Burgh (Hubert)
Dermot CathieRobert Faulconbridge
Gerik SchjelderupKing Philip of France
Grizelda HerveyQueen Eleanor
J. Hubert LeslieCitizen of Angers
Judith FellowsBlanche
Neal ArdenLimoges, Duke of Austria
Roger SnowdonPrince Henry

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Plays
King John
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
In the Radio Times listings for this broadcast Robert Speaight is unspecifically credited as playing ‘Faulconbridge’. Since Dermot Cathie speaks the part of Robert Faulconbridge and Robert Faulconbridge the elder (his father) is dead at the beginning of the play, we have assumed that Robert Speaight speaks the role of Philip the Bastard, half-brother to Sir Robert Faulconbridge.
General
According to the programme notes in London Calling, "Mr. Farjeon had always been interested in the big figures among the secondary characters in Shakespeare’s plays. In this series he expands upon their personalities, illustrating his theories by some of the scenes in which these characters appear" (No. 302: 1945, p. 20)
History
Episode 14 in the ‘Shakespeare’s Characters’ series.
Also broadcast on the External Service on the following dates and regions:
01 August 1944 - African
03 August 1944 - Pacific
04 August 1944 - N. American
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Annotated radio scripts of all the 18 episodes in the series are being held at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. The script also credits Arthur Young as Citizen and Doris Hylton in an unnamed part as performers.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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