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Hamlet

Synopsis
Full-length radio production of the play produced by John Richmond. With John Gielgud in the title role, Leon Quartermaine as Ghost and Celia Johnson as Ophelia. Duncan Carse narrates.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
26 Dec 1948 at 18:00 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
205 mins

Credits

Producer
John Richmond
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
John GielgudHamlet
Andrew CruickshankClaudius
Marion SpencerGertrude
Baliol HollowayPolonius
Celia JohnsonOphelia
Alastair DuncanGentleman
Andrew FauldsFortinbras
Anthony JacobsMarcellus
Arthur RidleyPriest
Bryan ColemanRosencrantz
Charles LenoGravedigger
Denis McCarthyCaptain
Denise BryerPlayer Queen
Duncan CarseNarrator
Esme PercyOsric
Frank AtkinsonReynaldo
Hugh BurdenLaertes
Hugh GriffithPlayer (1)
Hugh ManningVoltemand
John ChandosGuildenstern
Leon QuartermaineGhost
Preston LockwoodGravedigger
Richard WilliamsBarnardo
Sebastian ShawHoratio
Stanley GroomeFrancisco
Victor LucasAmbassador

Additional Details

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

Notes

History
Broadcast in three parts.
Part 1: 18 - 18.30
Part 2: 19.05 - 20.35
Part 3: 21.05 - 22.10
The broadcast was repeated on 28 June 1949 in a week apparently dedicated to Hamlet programmes. The broadcast was remastered and issued in 2006 as a Naxos Audiobook in an abridged edition. The Naxos CD is catalogued separately.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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