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Tragedy of Macbeth, The

Synopsis
Radio broadcast. A shortened version of Shakespeare’s play arranged and produced by Peter Creswell. With Godfrey Tearle as Macbeth and Flora Robson as Lady Macbeth. The music, played by the BBC Variety Orchestra (Kneale Kelly conducts), is specially composed by Victor Hely-Hutchinson.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
13 Oct 1935 at 17:30 (Channel: BBC National Programme)
Duration
124 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Peter Creswell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Contributor
Kneale Kelley
Adaptor for Radio
Peter Creswell
Cast
Godfrey TearleMacbeth
Flora RobsonLady Macbeth
Leslie PerrinsMacduff
James MasonMalcolm
Harvey BrabanBanquo
Alice Bowes 
Beatrice Varley 
Carleton Hobbs 
Charles Lefeaux 
Cyril NashKing Duncan
Ethel Lodge 
H.O. Nicholson 
Harold Reese 
J. Adrian Byrne 
Jack Allen 
Jack Clayton 
John Y. Smart 
Malcolm Graeme 
Marie Ault 
Mary HintonLady Macduff
Peter Grisewood 
Walter Horsbrugh 

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The Times also credits Adrian J. Byrne as performer.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Basil Main includes a detailed criticism of the production which he found "preoccupied with effects, irrelevant fanfares, and strained readings" in his BBC and its Audience, (London: Thomas Nelson, 1939, pp. 103-104).
Peter Creswell comments on his adaptation of the play in ‘Shakespeare’s Stark Tragedy’, Radio Times, 11 October 1935.
Source: BBC Programme Records 1933-1935, Radio Times, Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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