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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis
Live audio recording of a performance of Much Ado About Nothing directed for the National Theatre in 1965 by Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Stephens is Benedick and Maggie Smith, Beatrice. Ian McKellen plays Claudio.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio
Recording date
1966

Credits

Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Nino Rota
Choreographer
Romayne Grigorova
Cast
Maggie SmithBeatrice
Robert StephensBenedick
Ian McKellenClaudio
Albert FinneyDon Pedro
Frank FinlayDogberry
Bruce PurchaseBalthasar
Caroline JohnHero
Derek JacobiDon John
Edward PetherbridgeConrade
Elizabeth BurgerUrsula
Frank WylieFriar Francis
Gerald JamesLeonato
Harry LomaxAntonio
Jennie HeslewoodWoman of Leonato’s household
Lynn RedgraveMargaret
Michael ByrneMessenger
Michael RothwellVerges
Michael YorkWatchman
Neil FitzpatrickLord
Pauline TaylorWoman of Leonato’s household
Peter JohnWatchman (1)
Reginald GreenSexton
Ron PemberWatchman (2)
Ronald PickupWatchman
Thomas KempinskiBorachio

Additional Details

Theatre
Old Vic Theatre
Theatre company
National Theatre Company
Production type
Other
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
Much Ado About Nothing
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Incomplete recording. The last 15-20 minutes are missing.
Textual information
Textual revision by Robert Graves.

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
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NW1 2DB

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