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Tragedy of Macbeth, The

Synopsis
Shakespeare’s tragedy presented for broadcasting in twelve scenes by Barbara Burnham, produced by Val Gielgud and E. A. Harding. The cast includes Ralph Richardson as Macbeth and Martita Hunt as Lady Macbeth. With special music composed by Victor Hely-Hutchinson who also conducts the BBC Theatre Orchestra.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
12 Mar 1933 at 15:30 (Channel: BBC Regional Programme)
Duration
120 mins
Availability
No recording extant

Credits

Producer
E. A. Harding; Val Gielgud
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Adaptor for Radio
Barbara Burnham
Cast
Ralph RichardsonMacbeth
Martita HuntLady Macbeth
John LaurieMacduff
Cecil RamageMalcolm
Charles CarsonBanquo
Andrew Churchman 
Ben WebsterKing Duncan
Carleton HobbsRoss
Dorothea WebbGentlewoman
Douglas BurbidgeLennox
Frank Snell 
Gladys Young 
Herbert Lugg 
Hillary Eaves 
J. HarkerFleance
Jack CarltonDonalbain
John Cheatle 
Philip Wade 
Richard AinleySiward, Earl of Northumberland
Richard Goolden 
W.E. HollowayDoctor (English)

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Transmitted on London Regional.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
The unusually detailed review in The Times praised the production for its use of music, which enhanced the supernatural and the ghostly aspects of the tragedy, turning the broadcast version into an ‘impressive’ rather than ‘realistic’ production. There was one reservation: "We should have liked to hear the witches attempt something other than the conventional accents of shrill horror which one has heard so often, but within the limits of this prescribed form ... their scenes were persuasive enough." (13 March 1933, p. 12)
Source: Radio Times, BBC Programme Records

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Record Stats

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