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Preparing to Perform Shakespeare

Alternative title
Word of Mouth
Synopsis
A masterclass on speaking and performing Shakespeare introduced by Trevor Nunn and led by John Barton who works with Royal Shakespeare Company actors Alan Howard, Michael Pennington, David Suchet, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in a scene (IV v) from Troilus and Cressida. Ian McKellen discusses an actor’s preparations for speaking soliloquies, and Patrick Stewart contrasts two performances of Enobarbus’ ‘The barge she sat in...' speech from Antony and Cleopatra.
Series
South Bank Show, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1984
Transmission details
9 Dec 1979 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
50 mins

Credits

Director
Peter Walker
Producer
Andrew Snell
Contributor
John Barton; Melvyn Bragg; Trevor Nunn
Cast
David Suchet 
Ian McKellen 
Michael Pennington 
Patrick Stewart 

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra; Troilus and Cressida
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Verse speaking; Masterclasses; Soliloquies

Notes

Notes
Available for sale in the US and Canada only.
General
A four-minute preview clip of Barton working with David Suchet on the speech from Troilus and Cressida is available on the Films for the Humanities website.
History
The SOUTH BANK SHOW broadcast two programmes entitled WORD OF MOUTH (some sources cite the title as (ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY MASTERCLASS ) on December 9 and 16 December 1979 (episodes 50 and 51 in season 3) This video is an edited version of those episodes.

Production Company

Name

London Weekend Television

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

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