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Her Majesty Desires, Master Shakespeare ...!

Synopsis
Radio play arranged and produced by Peter Creswell. Scenes from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor are introduced by a prologue involving Shakespeare (Anthony Shaw), Queen Elizabeth (Galdys Young) and Chistopher Hatton (Noel Dryden). Elsie and Doris Water perform as Mistress Ford and Mistress Page.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
21 Nov 1943 at 21:30 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
75 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Producer
Peter Creswell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Adaptor for Radio
Peter Creswell
Cast
Frederick BurtwellSir John Falstaff
Doris WatersMistress Margaret Page
Elsie WatersMistress Alice Ford
Ethel LodgeMistress Quickly
Julien MitchellFrank Ford
Anthony ShawWilliam Shakespeare
Arthur YoungPistol
Belle ChrystallAnne Page
Charles MortimerGeorge Page
D. EnglishRobin
Gladys YoungQueen Elizabeth
Ivor BarnardBardolph
Malcolm GraemeDoctor Caius
Noel DrydenChristopher Hatton
Sidney TaflerNim

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The sisters Elsie and Doris Waters were best known to listeners for their Cockney characters ‘Gert and Daisy’. The female radio and stage variety double-act appeared on the BBC radio variety wartime programme Workers’ Playtime, where the sisters would discuss their fictional husbands Bert and Wally.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Herbert Farjeon reviews this production and comments on the Shakespearean ‘interjections’ and matters of pronounciation in The Listener, ‘Shakespeare on Shakespeare’ (25 November 1943, p. 620).
Source: The Times, Radio Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Record Stats

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