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How to Appreciate Shakespeare

Synopsis
Satirical skit by S. Potter largely based on his book The Muse in Chains: A Study in Education (1937), an attack on methods of teaching English in Universities. The sketch is performed by Celia Johnson and members of the ‘How’ Shakespeare Repertory Productions.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
20 Apr 1947 at 18:00 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Stephen Potter
Writer
Stephen Potter
Cast
Betty Hardy 
Carleton Hobbs 
Celia Johnson 
Geoffrey Wincott 
Roy Plomley 

Additional Details

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

Notes

History
Part of a week of programmes devoted to Shakespeare’s birthday.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
According to Radio Times programme notes for this broadcast, the production "describes the peculiar world which has grown up round Shakespeare and which demonstrates in fact how not to appreciate him" (18 April 1947, p. 9).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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