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Shallow and Silence

Synopsis
Radio broadcast on an excerpt from Henry IV, Part 2 that focuses on the characters of Robert Shallow and Silence. Arranged for radio by Herbert Farjeon and produced by Mary Hope Allen. With Leslie Stokes as speaker.
Series
Radio Theatre: Shakespeare’s Characters
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
30 Aug 1943 at 11:30 (Channel: BBC World Service)
Duration
29 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Mary Hope Allen
Writer
William Shakespeare
Adaptor for Radio
Herbert Farjeon
Cast
Frederick LloydSir John Falstaff
G. B. ClarenceRobert Shallow
Carleton HobbsSilence
Felix IrwinDavy
Leslie DwyenBardolph
Leslie StokesSpeaker
Richard GeorgePistol

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Plays
Henry IV Part 2
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Cast information is based on the revival of the series on the Empire Service in 1945. There is no cast information for the original broadcast in 1943.
General
According to the programme notes in London Calling, "Mr. Farjeon had always been interested in the big figures among the secondary characters in Shakespeare’s plays. In this series he expands upon their personalities, illustrating his theories by some of the scenes in which these characters appear" (No. 302: 1945, p. 20),
History
Second episode in the series originally transmitted every fourth week on the External Service:
30/8/1943 General Overseas Service, 11:30-11:59 (GMT)
31/8/1943 North American Service, 2:00 GMT (22:00 EWT)
31/8/1943 African Service, 20:00 GMT
1/9/1943 Pacific Service, 19:00 GMT
First episode in a revival of the series on the Empire Service:
23/7/1945 North American Service, 3:30 GMT (23:30 EWT)
24/7/1945 Eastern Service, 12:45 GMT
26/7/1945 Pacific Service, 5:15 GMT
24/7/1945 African Service, 18:30 GMT
The episode was also broadcast in the Home Service on 4/9/1945.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Source: London Calling, Radio Times
Annotated radio scripts of all the 18 episodes in the series are being held at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

Production Company

Name

BBC World Service

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