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Theatre Programme [28/03/1947]

Alternative title
A Plain Man’s Guide to Shakespeare
Synopsis
In anticipation of Shakespeare’s birthday the theme of the theatrical review programme is ‘methods of appreciating Shakespeare’. Following the performance of a satirical sketch and a short discussion on this topic, Peter Powell analyses scenes from his own production of Othello at the Piccadilly Theatre, London. He also introduces scenes from productions with Jack Hawkins, Fay Compton, Anthony Quayle, and Elizabeth Kentish.
Series
Theatre Programme
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
28 Mar 1947 at 21:15 (Channel: BBC Light Programme)
Duration
45 mins
Availability
No archive copy known.

Credits

Producer
Ayton Whitaker; Peter Watts
Contributor
Ivor Brown; Peter Powell; W. Bridges-Adams
Cast
Anne Codrington 
Charles Leno 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Radio Times comments surrounding the launch of this new theatrical programme suggest that the series was meant to deal with as many matters of theatrical interest as possible. The slot usually encompassed a brief performance by a recognised star, short discussions on current theatrical affairs or methods of production, occasional interviews with foreign actors and personal glimpses of theatrical staff not usually credited, such as stage-doorkeepers, understudies and carpenters. The programme had its own opening and closing tune, taken from Purcell’s "Ayres for the Theatre".
Reviews
General notes regarding the launch of this programme can be found in Radio Times, cf. issues dated 8 and 22 March 1946, pp.3 and 5 respectively.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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