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Shakespeare Business, The

Synopsis
Television documentary. Joan Bakewell visits Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare has become the object of adoration, scholarship and commerce as the heritage industry grows. She visits his supposed birthplace and discusses the evidence for this claim with Francis Carr, Chairman of the Shakespeare Action Committee who sued the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust under the Trade Description Act. Joan Bakewell then visits the King Edward VI Grammar School where Shakespeare may have seen his first play, and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Councillor Curnock expresses his concern that the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is taking over the town and Director, Dr Levi Fox responds. Donald Sinden, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Michael Williams speak about acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Includes vox pops with visitors to Stratford and several shots of the town and its souvenirs.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
18 Sep 1977 at 23:11 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
Paul Smith (4)
Producer
Robin Drake
Contributor
Donald Sinden; Ian McKellen; Joan Bakewell; Judi Dench; Levi Fox; Michael Williams

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Royal Shakespeare Company; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); tourism; Stratford-upon-Avon; Heritage industry

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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