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Readings from ‘Macbeth’

Alternative title
Shakespeare Evening [18/10/1923]
Synopsis
Radio broadcast. Readings from Macbeth, arranged for radio by Cathleen Nesbitt. With Norman V. Norman in the title role and Beatrice Wilson as Lady Macbeth. John Gielgud also performs. C. A. Lewis acts as Prologue. The incidental music is composed by Norman O’Neil and performed by the 2LO Light Orchestra.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
18 Oct 1923 at 19:30 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
120 mins
Availability
No archive copy extant

Credits

Writer
William Shakespeare
Adaptor for Radio
Cathleen Nesbitt
Cast
Norman V. NormanMacbeth
Beatrice WilsonLady Macbeth
Ben WebsterMacduff
J. H. BarnesBanquo
Cecil A. LewisPrologue
George Howe 
Howard Rose 
Ivan Berlyn 
John Gielgud 
John Williams (3) 
Lesley Winter 
Ralph Trueman 

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
This appears to have been John Gielgud’s first radio Shakespeare.
Reviews
Source: BBC Programme Records
In his Radio Times review column "What’s on the Air?", J.C.W. Reith comments: "Mr. Norman V. Norman and Miss Beatrice Wilson should prove ideal as wireless Shakespeare players. They are, of course, very popular on the legitimate stage. Playing with them will be Mr. J.H. Barnes, who tells us that he has been fifty years on the stage. You wouldn’t guess it from his voice" (12 October 1923, p. 70).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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