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All for Love, Or, The World Well Lost

Alternative title
Tragedy by John Dryden, A
Synopsis
Radio version of Dryden’s play (written in imitation of Shakespeare’s style) produced for radio by Peter Watts. Based on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Dryden’s blank verse take on the story focuses on the clash between the personal and political. In contrast to the original, the action is confined to one place only: the Temple of Isis at Alexandria.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
5 Jan 1948 at 18:20 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
125 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Peter Watts
Writer
John Dryden
Cast
Sebastian ShawMark Antony
Catherine SalkeldCleopatra
Alexander ArchdaleAlexas
Alexander SarnerSerapion, priest of Isis
Basil JonesDolabella
Beryl CalderIras
David Enders 
Dennis ArundellVentidius
Elsa PalmerOctavia
Gabrielle Blunt 
Nicolette BernardCharmian
Peter Creswell 

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
A written transcript of the production is being held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
General
The production transcript records a rehearsal period of 6 days (11/7/1960-5/1/1948).
History
Dryden’s play premiered at Drury Lane in 1678.
Reviews
Announcing this production in The Radio Times, Val Gielgud, Head of BBC Drama, comments: "All for Love should make a most satisfactory radio play. In fact, had Dryden been adapting Shakespeare for the air he could hardly have done better. He has reduced the characters from forty odd to nine, and his action takes place in a single day." ('Spotlight on Radio Drama’, 26 December 1947).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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