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Woman’s Hour [02/01/2007]

Alternative title
Shakespeare’s Best Supporting Female Roles
Synopsis
Radio series, presented by Jenni Murray, which aims to ‘celebrate, inform and entertain women’. In this edition Jenny Herman presents a 10-minute item on the best female supporting roles in Shakespeare. The theme is marriage. Pippa Guard from the University of Greenwich speaks of how texts on what makes a happy marriage were very popular in Shakespeare’s time. She believes the happiest marriage in Shakespeare is that of Lady Percy and Hotspur. There is an extract from Henry IV. Part 1 1I, iii. Mariah Gale, Portia in the 2006 Royal Shakespeare Company of Julius Caesar, talks about the role (extract from II, i). Golda Rosheuvel who plays Calphurnia in the same production discusses the role with the emphasis on women not wanting men to leave the family home - brief connections with Coriolanus and Macbeth are made. Jennifer Matter, who plays Lady Macduff in the 2006 Creation Theatre Company production of Macbeth talks about the role (extract from IV, ii). Finally Mariah Gale, who also plays Octavia in the RSC’s 2006 production of Antony and Cleopatra, talks about the small role and the significance it has.
Series
Woman’s Hour
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
2 Jan 2007 at 10:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Contributor
Jenni Murray; Judi Herman; Pippa Guard
Cast
Mariah GalePortia
Golda RosheuvelCalphurnia
Jennifer MatterLady Macduff
Mariah GaleOctavia

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Julius Caesar; Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
marriage; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); women

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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