Could Shakespeare Survive in Hollywood?

Synopsis
Radio broadcast. In this edition of the news programme, presented by Elizabeth Blair, an 8 minute item argues that if Shakespeare were alive today he would be in real estate. Patrick Stewart notes that Shakespeare owned shares in the Globe Theatre and his wealth allowed him to accumulate a substantial amount of property ‘he was a capitalist, no doubt about that’. Shakespeare would make receive large royalties from publishing sales and theatre ticket sales, Stewart argues. Barbara Hodgdon, author of The Shakespeare Trade notes that only three of Shakespeare’s plots weren’t borrowed from somebody else ‘so if he were writing today,' Hodgdon says, ‘he would certainly need a team of lawyers to handle lawsuits’. Gary Taylor, author of Reinventing Shakespeare thinks Shakespeare would have been well suited to writing scripts for THE SOPRANOS as the show, like many of his plays, revolves about men and power struggles.
Series
Morning Edition
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
20 Nov 2006 (Channel: NPR)
Duration
8 mins

Credits

Contributor
Barbara Hodgdon; Elizabeth Blair; Gary Taylor (2); Patrick Stewart

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Hollywood; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The programme is available for download at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6492156 (accessed 7/2008).

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6492156

Production Company

Name

NPR

Web
https://www.npr.org/ External site opens in new window
Notes
National Public Radio, based in Washington, USA.

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