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Tempest, The

Synopsis
Radio adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a two-part production directed by Walter Acosta. With John Gielgud as Prospero and Karen Ascoe as Miranda. Music specially composed and performed by Bernard Shaw.
Series
Play of the Week (BBC World Service)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
7 Jan 1989 at 19:00 (Channel: BBC World Service)
Duration
120 (total running time)
Availability
No archive copy found (2/2008)

Credits

Director
Walter Acosta
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Bernard Shaw (2)
Cast
John GielgudProspero
Karen AscoeMiranda
Sam DastorAriel
Bernard HeptonCaliban
Mark StrakerFerdinand
David MarchAlonso
Douglas BlakewellStephano
John HollisAntonio
John RyeSebastian
Nigel GrahamGonzalo
Norman BirdBoatswain
Norman BirdAdrian
Paul SirrMariner
Paul SirrFrancisco
Timothy BatesonTrinculo

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A cassette recording is being held at the Birmingham Central Library Shakespeare Collection.
General
This ‘Play of the Week’ is the first production of Shakespeare’s play on the World Service.
History
Broadcast in two 60-minute slots on 7/1/1989 and 14/1/1989 at 19:00 GMT.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Walter Acosta talks about his experience of directing John Gielgud for this production in ‘Good Morning John ...', London Calling, January 1989, p. 19.

Production Company

Name

BBC World Service

Archive

Name

Birmingham Shakespeare Library

Email
arts.library@birmingham.gov.uk
Web
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
0121 303 4227
Fax
0121 464 1005
Address
Birmingham Central Library
Arts Language and Literature
Chamberlain Square
BIRMINGHAM
B3 3HQ
United Kingdom

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