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Will Shakespeare

Synopsis
Radio adaptation of the play which was originally written for the stage by British playwright Clemence Dane (1888-1965). Produced by Val Gielgud, this production was adapted for radio by the author. The plot links Shakespeare (John Gielgud) and the ‘Dark Lady’ of the sonnets with the mysterious death of Shakespeare’s fellow dramatist, Christopher Marlowe (Leslie Perrins). Music by Thomas Wood is played by the Gershom Parkington Augmented Orchestra and Wireless chorus, directed by Robert Chignell.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
23 Apr 1931 at 19:45 (Channel: BBC National Programme)
Duration
72 mins
Availability
No archive copy known.

Credits

Producer
Val Gielgud
Writer
Clemence Dane
Music
Thomas Wood
Contributor
Robert Chignell
Cast
Alexander SarnerA Stage Hand
Andrew Churchman 
Baliol HollowayHenslowe
Beatrice WilsonQueen Elizabeth
C. Treharne 
Charles HawtreyA Boy
Charles Sabsed 
Charles Wingrove 
Cyril WoodA Landlord
Dora GregoryMrs. Hathaway
Elsie OtleyA Street Hawker
Jack Livesey 
John GielgudWilliam Shakespeare
Laura CowieMary Fitton
Leslie PerrinsChristopher Marlowe
Lilian HarrisonAnne Hathaway
Margaret BlackwoodA Lady-in-Waiting
Michael Henry 
Tom Purvis 
William Kenten 

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The broadcast was repeated on London Regional on 24/4/1931 with Harman Grisewood as Shakespeare.
General
Dane’s Will Shakespeare: An Invention in Four Acts, a play written in blank verse, was published in 1921.
History
Dane’s stage play premiered at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 17 November 1921. Initially, a scene from Act IV was broadcast on BBC London (5/9/1926). The play was subsequently produced for BBC Television on April 3,1938 (see separate entry). Transmitted as part of Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations.
Reviews
Source: BBC Programme Records 1929-1932; Radio Times.
Dane published an article on ‘Shakespeare, Man or Monument?' in Radio Times, 23 April 1931, p. 127.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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