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Second-Best Bed, The

Alternative title
Usyless Discussion on Hamlet or Hamnet, A
Synopsis
Radio play arranged for broadcasting by John Keir Cross. The single-act play is based on the Shakespearean dialogue in Chapter 9: ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
1 Jan 1949 at 19:05 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
45 mins
Availability
No archive copy known

Credits

Producer
Noel Iliff
Writer
James Joyce
Adaptor for Radio
John Cross
Cast
Cyril CusackStephen Dedalus
Denis CareyRichard Best
Harry HutchinsonMr. Lyster
L. A. G. StrongGeorge Russelll (aka A. E.)
Nigel FitzgeraldJohn Eglington

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
According to Jane A. Lewty, THE SECOND-BEST BED is a pared down version of John Keir Cross’ project to adapt Ulysses for radio in the hope that "a radio version should make of [it] a friendlier work altogether - remove from its stigma of over-highbrowism". The outcome, as Lewty remarks, "consists of a dialogue not dissimilar to a radio talk on an educational topic" . Cf. Lewty’s essay on ‘Aurality and Adaptation: Radioplay in Ulysses’ in Hypermedia Joyce Studies, 6.1. (2005). Available at: http://hjs.ff.cuni.cz/archives/v3/lewty2.html (accessed 23 October 2006).
History
This production was one of several Hamlet programmes that were being transmitted on BBC that week. The broadcast was repeated on BBC Third Programme, June 30, 1949.
Reviews
http://hjs.ff.cuni.cz/archives/v3/lewty2.html

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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