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To Be or Not to Be ... In Shakespeare

Synopsis
Television documentary. Actors speak about about the challenge of performing Shakespeare. Their comments are illuminating - Ian McKellen believes his first thirty years of Shakespearean acting to have been ‘rubbish’. Extracts from YouTube videos of people reciting from Hamlet are interspersed throughout the programme. Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
25 Dec 2008 at 19:55 (Channel: More4)
Duration
65 mins

Credits

Director
Neil Crombie
Producer
Emma Cahusac
Contributor
Adrian Lester; Antony Sher; Chuk Iwuji; Douglas Hodge; Fiona Shaw; Frances Barber; Geoffrey Streatfeild; Gregory Doran; Ian McKellen; Imogen Stubbs; Julian Rhind-Tutt; Juliet Stevenson; Michael Boyd; Michelle Gomez; Nicholas Shaw; Patrick Stewart; Peter Hall; Riann Steele; Simon Callow; Stephen Mangan; Tamsin Greig; Tim McInnerny

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Broadcast on More4 on 25/12/2008

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/to-be-or-not-to-be-in-shakespeare/episode-guide/series-1/episode-1
Online price
free
Online format
Streamed

Production Company

Name

Seneca Productions

Sponsor

Name

Channel 4

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Distributor

Name

4OD

Web
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od External site opens in new window

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