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Tempest, The

Synopsis
Radio adaptation of Shakespeare The Tempest arranged by Herbert Farjeon and produced by Mary Hope Allen. With Leon Quartermaine as Prospero and Cherry Cottrell as Ariel, Norman Shelley as Caliban. The music is arranged by Anthony Bernard who also conducts the orchestra.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
8 Mar 1945
Transmission details
25 May 1945 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
160 (incl. interval)

Credits

Producer
Mary Hope Allen
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Anthony Bernard
Adaptor for Radio
Herbert Farjeon
Cast
Leon QuartermaineProspero
Joyce RedmanMiranda
Margaret Field-HydeSinging voice (Ariel)
Norman ShelleyCaliban
Hubert GreggFerdinand
Arthur BushSebastian
Carleton HobbsAlonso
Cathleen NesbittIris
Denys BlakelockTrinculo
Frederick LloydStephano
G. B. ClarenceGonzalo
Grenville EvesAdrian
Hebe SimpsonSinging voice (Juno)
Janet PowellSinging voice (Ceres)
Jean AndersonJuno
Lydia SherwoodCeres
Max AdrianAntonio
Peter CozensBoatswain
Robin AndersonFrancisco

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
A BBC recording
General
Herbert Farjeon died on 3/5/1945, before the production was broadcast. The Times obituary reads: "He was a passionate Shakepearian, and when Shakespeare had to be arranged for broadcasting his name was a guarantee that nothing outrageous would be done" (5 May 1945, p. 7)
History
Broadcast in 2 parts with a 30-minute interval for news at 9pm.
Figures
Transmitted during the second week of Victory celebrations
Textual information
A written transcript of the first part of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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