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Twelfth Night

Synopsis
A CBS radio version of Twelfth Night with Tallulah Bankhead as Viola and Orson Welles as Orsino. Narrated by Conway Tearle.
Series
Columbia Shakespeare Cycle
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
30 Aug 1937 (Channel: CBS)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Producer
Brewster Morgan
Writer
William Shakespeare
Contributor
Conway Tearle
Adaptor for Radio
Brewster Morgan
Cast
Tallulah BankheadViola (later disguised as Cesario)
Helen MenkenOlivia
Orson WellesOrsino, Duke of Illyria
Cedric HardwickeMalvolio
Burford HamdenFeste
Estelle WinwoodMaria
John GriggsValentine
Mark SmithSir Toby Belch
Niles WelchOfficer (First Officer)
Ray CollinsAntonio
Robert StraussSir Andrew Aguecheek
Sidney SmithSebastian

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
This recording should not be confused as being part of the CBC series of the same name broadcast in 1938. The copy held by the Library of Congress is incomplete at 45mins duration.

A 53-page photocopied typescript is in the Folger Shakespeare Library and at the Birmingham Shakespeare Library.

The programme can be downloaded from www.wellesnet.com (accessed 4/2008).
History
The last episode in the Shakespeare Cycle. Thirty minutes after the programme, CBS presented a half-hour special entitled The Curtain Calls of the 1937 Shakespeare Cycle, broadcast live from both New York and Los Angeles. It featured "informal" interviews with actors who had participated in the cycle.
Reviews
Jensen, Michael P. ‘Radio’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p, 572, entry 2592).

Production Company

Name

CBS Radio

Archive

Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://loc.gov/rr/record External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 707-7833
Address
Recorded Sound Reference Centre
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Room LM-113
Washington, DC 20540
Name

Paley Center for Media

Web
http://www.paleycenter.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 621-6600
Address
25 West 52 Street
New York
New York
110019
USA
Notes
Formerly Museum of Television and Radio (MTR). The name changed in 2007.

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