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Put out the Light

Alternative title
Scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’
Synopsis
Radio adaptation of Act 5, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s tragedy produced by Val Gielgud. With Henry Ainley as Othello and Hermione Hannen as Desdemona.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
2 Dec 1939 at 22:30 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Producer
Val Gielgud
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Henry AinleyOthello
Hermione HannenDesdemona
Alan WheatleyIago
Francis de WolffMichael Cassio
Martita HuntEmilia
Charles MortimerMontano
Franklyn BellamyGratiano
Henry HallattLodovico

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The recording at the Sound Archive contains the whole of Scene 2 except for Lodovico’s closing speech.
History
Part of a loose series of scenes from Shakespeare plays produced for radio by Val Gielgud in Fall 1939.
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 commentator W. P., Henry Ainley as Othello impresses mostly with "That golden voice - articulate, lovely - that never dims" (24.11.1939, ‘The Old School’, p. 8).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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