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Play’s the Thing, The

Synopsis
First in a 3-part series examining Shakespeare in performance. Devised and produced by John Powell, the programmes are compiled with recordings from the Sound Archives featuring voices and opinions of theatre practitioners, actors and critics. John Pullen narrates and Godfrey Kenton reads. This programme explores the issue of "staging Shakespeare, principally from the director’s point of view; how to make the plays come alive for a modern audience whatever the shape of the stage; how to realise Shakespeare’s larger as well as his immediate intention with imagination and discipline; and how to give body to what Edward Gordon Craig calls Shakespeare’s ‘dream’ ").
Series
There is a Play Tonight:plays of Shakespeare in Performances
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
13 Aug 1964 at 21:15 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Producer
John Powell (2)
Writer
Derek Parker
Contributor
Allardyce Nicoll; Edith Evans; Edward Gordon Craig; Godfrey Kenton; Harcourt Williams; Ivor Brown; John Gielgud; John Pullen; John Stride; Mary Carey; Michael Benthall; Michael Croft; Michael Elliott; Peter Brook; Peter Hall; Ralph Richardson; Tyrone Guthrie; W. Bridges Adams; William Armstrong

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); theatre history; Stage directing

Notes

Reviews
Source: Radio Times, issue dated 6 August 1964, p. 41

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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Fax
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