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Tragedy of Macbeth, The

Synopsis
Radio version of Shakespeare’s tragedy arranged and produced for broadcasting by Raymond Raikes starring Joss Ackland and Googie Withers in the lead. The music by Stephen Dodgson is conducted by Rae Jenkins.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
25 Jul 1971 at 18:50 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
155 (including interval)
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Raymond Raikes
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Stephen Dodgson
Contributor
Rae Jenkins
Adaptor for Radio
Raymond Raikes
Cast
Joss AcklandMacbeth
Googie WithersLady Macbeth
Robert HardyMacduff
John RyeMalcolm
Clifford NorgateBanquo
Barnaby WilliamsFleance
Betty BaskombMurderer (3rd)
Douglas BlackwellSiward, Earl of Northumberland
Edward KelseyMurderer (1st)
Eva StuartLady Macduff
Gerald CrossAngus
Gladys SpencerWitch (3rd)
Henry StamperPorter
Henry StamperCaptain
John RuddockOld Man
John RuddockDoctor of Physic
Kerry FrancisLennox
Lewis StringerWitch (2nd)
Marjorie WestburyWitch (1st)
Nigel AnthonyDonalbain
Nigel AnthonyYoung Siward
Richard HurndallKing Duncan
Ronald HerdmanMurderer (2nd)
Sean ArnoldRoss
Toby DanielsMacduff’s son
Trevor MartinSeyton

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
This was the BBC’s first stereo production of this play.
History
Broadcast with a short interval at approximately 8.15 pm.
Textual information
The production cuts the two Hecate scenes. Instead, Raikes decided to include a scene between Lady Macbeth and the Ghost of Duncan first inserted by William Davenant (1606-68) in his Restoration adaptation of the play.
Reviews
David Wade reviews the production for The Times, 26 July 1971, p. 8.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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