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William

Synopsis
A programme combining comedy, drama and song to introduce young children to William Shakespeare. John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson read excerpts from Hamlet, Richard III, and As You Like It; Lynn Redgrave and Simon Ward perform ‘quickie comic blackouts, encapsulating some of the Bard’s more lighthearted works’; and Paul Jones sings ‘Maria’ from West Side Story. Concludes with the entire cast singing ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare’, from Cole Porter’s Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
1973
Duration
46 mins
Availability
No archive copy found (6/2007).

Credits

Director
Ian MacNaughton
Cast
John Gielgud 
Lynn Redgrave 
Paul Jones 
Ralph Richardson 
Simon Ward 

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Keywords
children’s television; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Source: Susanne Greenhalgh ‘UK Television’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006 (p. 727, entry 3528).
History
Transmitted in the United States in the ABC Afternoon Special series on 3rd January 1973, season 1, episode 4. .Tx date for British transmission unknown.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Record Stats

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