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Synopsis
British television comedy series. Includes a sketch entitled ‘Hospital for Over-Actors’ which parodies Olivier. Dialogue is as follows:

Specialist: Most of these cases are pretty unpleasant. Nurse... (a nurse comes in and sedates Richard III) But the treatment does work with some people. This chap came to us straight from the Chichester Festival; we operated just in time, and now he’s almost normal.
- the patient’s screaming ‘a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ .

The sketch also features Eric Idle as Second Richard, a reformed Shakespearean actor.
Series
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
15 Dec 1970 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
Ian MacNaughton
Cast
Eric IdleSecond Richard
Graham ChapmanSpecialist
John Cleese 
Michael PalinRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard
Terry Gilliam 

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Richard III
Keywords
acting; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Olivier, Laurence (1907-1989)

Notes

Notes
The script can be read at http://orangecow.org/pythonet/sketches/overact.htm
General
Other Python episodes, too brief to catalogue individually, are a sketch entitled SHAKESPEARE in the episode ARCHEOLOGY TODAY (tx 17 November 1970 ) in which Shakespeare, washing up at the sink, gives Beethoven tips on how to compose the Fifth Symphony. He dismisses the name David as a suitable title for his play (preferring the name Hamlet as suggested by Beethoven). Shakespeare tells Michelangelo that he can have the name. HAMLET (tx 21 November 1974) follows some of the action and characters of the play - Terry Jones plays Hamlet. In THE SPANISH INQUISITION (tx 22 September 1970) there is a sketch JULIUS CAESAR WITH AN ALDIS LAMP.
History
Series 2, episode 25. Available through amazon.com as part of The Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus Megaset (1991) (Region 1 only)

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
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