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Shakespeare 1564-1616

Alternative title
Maturing Shakespeare, The
Synopsis
16-part television series, presented by John Gielgud, on the history of poetry in the English language. This episode follows Shakespeare’s development as dramatist and poet. Presents extracts from Romeo and Juliet, King Henry V, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline and Prospero’s farewell speech from The Tempest. Performers include John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, and Ralph Richardson. Filmed in the 16th-century house and grounds of Beckley Park, Oxfordshire.
Series
Six Centuries of Verse
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
30 May 1984 at 21:00 (Channel: Channel Four)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
Out of distribution (2006)

Credits

Director
Richard Mervyn
Producer
Richard Mervyn
Contributor
John Gielgud
Cast
John Gielgud 
Peggy Ashcroft 
Ralph Richardson 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama; English language and literature
Keywords
poetry; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The episode was distributed in the US by Films for the Humanities in 1988 under the title THE MATURING SHAKESPEARE and the series title ‘Survey of English Poetry’ but is out of distribution (2006).

Production Company

Name

Thames Television

Notes
See: GL Education (www.gl-education.com/)

Archive

Name

University of Birmingham Library

Email
library@bham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/mainlib/about_add.htm External site opens in new window
Phone
0121 414 5828
Fax
0121 471 4691
Address
Main Library
Information Services
Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 2TT

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Thames Television International

Notes
See: Yorkshire International Thomson Multimedia

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