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Fool’s Saga, The

Synopsis
Radio play written and produced by Rayner Heppenstall in which he tries to dramatise the story of Amleth, the figure Hamlet is based on, as he occurs in various Scandinavian legends. David King-Wood plays Hamlet, son to Gertrude (Gladys Young) and Orwendill. With music composed by William Wordsworth. The BBC Theatre Orchestra with Martin Boddey (tenor) and Jeanne Chevreau (harp) is conducted by Walter Goehr.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
27 Jun 1949 at 18:35 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
140 mins
Availability
No archive copy known

Credits

Producer
Rayner Heppenstall
Writer
Rayner Heppenstall
Music
William Wordsworth
Cast
David King-WoodHamlet (Hamlet)
Malcolm HayesFeng (Claudius)
Gladys YoungGertrude (Gertrude)
Frederick LloydHunferth, an aged counsellor (Polonius)
Joan HartThora, Hamlet’s foster sister (Ophelia)
Alastair DuncanWiglek, brother to Gertrude
Arthur Lowe 
Basil JonesHugh, a British spy
Beryl Calder 
Betty Baskcomb 
Bryan PowleyBalant, a British king
Catherine Campbell 
Charles Lefeaux 
Diana MaddoxFyris, his daughter
Dorothy Summers 
Duncan McIntyre 
Edward ForsythCarvel
Esme PercyTosti, a dwarf
Howard Marion-CrawfordDrafnar, an outlaw
Jean Taylor Smith 
John Glyn-JonesMinimus, a bard
Raf de la TorreCimbal
Richard Hurndall 

Additional Details

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

Notes

History
Broadcast in two parts. Part 1, ‘The Story in the Shield’ : 18.35-19.50. Part 2, ‘Hamlet, King of Jutland’: 20.00-20.55.
This production was one of several Hamlet programmes that were being transmitted on BBC that week.
Textual information
For information about various legends of Hamlet cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet_(legend)
Reviews
The Radio Times issue of 24 June 1949, Rayner Heppenstall published a foreword to his play. The article is entitled ‘The Hamlet of the Saga’ and gives some information about the sources that Heppenstall consulted.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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