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Showtime for Shakespeare

Synopsis
Radio broadcast. 4-part weekly series, presented by Patrick Martyn, showcasing contemporary musical adaptations inspired by Shakespeare. The pieces examined range from popular musicals such as Kiss Me Kate and West Side Story, to songs that use Shakespeare’s words ('What Piece of Work is Man’ from the musical Hair and Cleo Laine’s ‘Shakespeare And All That Jazz’. The programme also features music written for films, including Hamlet (1964) Branagh and Olivier’s productions of HENRY V, and Forbidden Planet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
22 Apr 1994 at 10:30 (Channel: BBC World Service)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Dave Tate
Music
Bebe Barron; Cleo Laine; Cole Porter; Galt MacDermot; Leonard Bernstein; Louis Barron; William Walton
Contributor
Patrick Martyn

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet; Henry V; Romeo and Juliet; Taming of the Shrew, The; Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
musicals; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); musical adaptations

Notes

History
Broadcast on BBC Radio World Service as part of the ‘Shakespeare today’ season. Transmitted 22 April-13 May 1994, in four 30-minute parts.

Production Company

Name

BBC World Service

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