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This was a Man

Synopsis
Third in a six-part radio adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra directed by Dickon Reed. With Peter Whitman as narrator, Paul Hardwick as Julius Caesar and Edward Hardwicke as Brutus. Part 3 focuses on the shift of power that takes place at the battle of Philippi while ‘on the other side of the Mediterranean, in Alexandria, the tragic love story of Antony and Cleopatra begins to unfold’ (op.cit).
Series
Noble Romans, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
11 Jun 1979
Transmission details
17 Nov 1979 at 18:30 (Channel: BBC World Service)
Duration
60 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Director
Dickon Reed
Writer
Plutarch; William Shakespeare
Cast
Paul HardwickJulius Caesar
Roy DotriceMark Antony
Neville JasonDecius Brutus
Ian HoggCaius Cassius
Sheila AllenPortia
Alan PennFlavius
Brian CarrollTitinius
Brian HainesArtemidorus
Edward HardwickeMarcus Brutus
Eva StuartCalphurnia
Fred BryantPlebeian (1)
Garard GreenLepidus
Geoffrey BeeversPindarus
Geoffrey MatthewsMessala
Geoffrey MatthewsCicero
Jean RogersLucius
Julian FoxCinna
Peter WhitmanNarrator
Peter WoodthorpeCasca
Philip SullyYoung Cato
Phillip FoxClaudio
Phillip FoxCinna the Poet
Robert FrenchDardanius

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Antony and Cleopatra; Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
According to programme notes, Reed used Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Romans to provide introductions for each episode and to link passages between scenes. There has been little textual editing (op. cit.).
History
London Calling (op.cit.) claims that this is the first time that Shakespeare’s two Roman plays have been presented in this way. The series ‘The Noble Romans’ was originally transmitted in six 60-minute episodes on the BBC World Service English network.
Reviews
Source: London Calling, November 1979, p.5.

Production Company

Name

BBC World Service

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