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Speak the Speech

Synopsis
Second 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 focuses on the speaking of the text. It is "illustrated by a unique ‘cast’ of both the living and the dead. Examples range from a reconstruction of the Elizabethan tongue ... through the actor managers of the past and present centuries, to the film stars and comedians of today" (Radio Times).
Series
There is a Play Tonight: Plays of Shakespeare in Performances
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
21 Aug 1964 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Producer
John Powell (2)
Writer
Derek Parker
Contributor
Albert Finney; Arthur Bourchier; Beatrice Forbes-Robertson; Beryl Reid; Charles Laughton; Denne Gilkes; Donald Wolfit; Edith Evans; Ellen Terry; Frank Benson; Frankie Howerd; Godfrey Kenton; Henry Irving; Herbert Beerbohm Tree; J. C. Trewin; Jimmy Edwards; John Gielgud; John Pullen; Laurence Olivier; Lewis Casson; Marlon Brando; Michael Redgrave; Paul Rogers; Peggy Ashcroft; Peter O’Toole; Ralph Richardson; Richard Burton; Robert Donat; Stanley Holloway; Tyrone Guthrie; Vanessa Redgrave; William Armstrong

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); theatre history; Verse speaking; Elizabethan English

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

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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