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Romeo and Juliet

Alternative title
BBC Radio Collection: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Synopsis
Romeo and Juliet, adapted for radio by Peter Kavanagh. With Douglas Henshall as Romeo and top model Sophie Dahl as Juliet. Original music composed and performed by Mia Soteriou except for the song Silver Sound, which is performed by Harry Myers. The production is set in present-day Verona.
Series
Sunday Play, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio; Radio
Transmission details
3 Oct 1999 at 19:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
175 mins
Availability
Sale

Credits

Director
Peter Kavanagh
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Mia Soteriou
Cast
Douglas HenshallRomeo
Sophie DahlJuliet
Andrew ScottMercutio
Milo O’SheaFriar Laurence
Patti LoveNurse
Andrew ScottBalthasar
Ben CroweParis
Ben CroweTybalt
David BrooksSampson
Freddie JonesCapulet
Harry MyersGregory
Jenny LeeLady Montague
Matthew GhilVoices
Richard TrahairEscalus, Prince of Verona
Susannah YorkLady Capulet

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
1990s
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Director Peter Kavanagh decided to set the production ‘in the urban and urbane society of modern Italy’ so that the soundscape, according to Radio Times programme notes, is made up of ‘hissing espresso machines and buzzing Lambrettas’ (2-8 October 1999, p.119).
Commercially released as part of the BBC Radio collection series in 1999, cassettes and CDs of the production that include an introduction by Richard Eyre and an essay by director Peter Kavanagh are available for sale from the BBC Shop (www.bbcshop.com) or through retail outlets.
History
Broadcast as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare for the New Millennium season on Radio 3, in which the BBC mounted 17 new productions of Shakespeare in the space of four years. The emphasis of the productions is on a contemporary, innovative approach. The project was done in collaboration with BBC Worldwide, who were also responsible for the commerical release.
Documentation
Accompanying booklet.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

National Screen & Sound Archive of Wales/Archif Genedliaethol Sgrin a Sain Cymru

Email
Enquiry form on website
Web
http://www.archif.com External site opens in new window
Phone
01970 632828
Fax
01970 632544
Address
National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth
Wales
SY23 3BU

Distributor

Name

BBC Radio Collection, c/o Choices UK, 19-24 Manasty Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6UP, tel 01733 236800, fax 01733 230618, www.choicesdirect.co.uk

Email
enquiries@choicesuk.com
Web
http://www.choicesuk.com External site opens in new window
Phone
01733 236800
Fax
01733 230618
Address
c/o Choices UK
19-24 Manasty Road
Orton Southgate
Peterborough
PE2 6UP

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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