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Antony and Cleopatra

Synopsis
Radio version of Shakespeare’s play adapted and produced by R. D. Smith. With Anthony Nicholls as Mark Antony, June Tobin as Cleopatra and John Slater as Enobarbus. The music is specially composed by Elizabeth Lutyens and conducted by Edward Clark.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
16 Jan 1960
Transmission details
30 Mar 1960 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
150 (incl. interval)
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
R. D. Smith
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Elizabeth Lutyens
Contributor
Edward Clark
Adaptor for Radio
R. D. Smith
Cast
Anthony NichollsMark Antony
June TobinCleopatra
Ian HolmOctavius Caesar
Noel JohnsonSextus Pompey
John SlaterEnobarbus
Brian WildeCountryman
Catherine DolanCharmian
David MarchPhilo
Diana OlssonOctavia
Douglas StormMardian
Errol JohnEros
George HaganDolabella
James ThomasonLepidus
John HollisMessenger
John ScottProculeius
Leigh CrutchleyMenas
Malcolm HayesScarus
Martina MayneIras
Norman WynneSoothsayer
Paul HardwickAlexas
Peter Howell (2)Thidias
Philip CunninghamCanidius

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
Rehearsals: 11/1/1960-16/1/1960
History
Broadcast in 2 parts.
Part 1: 20:00-21:20
Part 2: 21:30-22:40
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
In ‘The Art of the Radio Actor’, the correspondent for The Times felt that this production came across "as a verse reading, with much of its generosity of emotion submerged under a nobly misguided determination to make every syllable pull its weight" (19 April 1960, p. 14).
R. D. Smith writes on the problems of adapting this play for broadcasting in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, Radio Times, 25 March 1960, p. 7

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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