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Unity of ‘Henry IV’, The

Synopsis
Radio broadcast. Critical discussion between Shakespeare scholars E. M. W. Tillyard and Clifford Leech on whether the two parts of Henry IV should be conceived as a whole or whether Part 2 is to be regarded as a sequel, written because of the remarkable success of Part 1. Leech argues that the darker note in the second part does not blend easily with the greater lightheartedness of Part 1, whereas Tillyard holds the ‘unitarian’ view that the two plays constitute a coherent unit. Roy Walker chairs the debate.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
22 May 1955 at 21:45 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
105 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Contributor
Clifford Leech; E. M. W. Tillyard; Roy Walker

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); textual analysis

Notes

Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Source: The Times, Radio Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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