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Shakespeare à la Carte

Synopsis
Radio version of a theatre production devised by Jonathan Cullen and Richard Hahlo, based on an original idea by Pippa Smith. Actors from the theatre company Hydrocracker, masquerading as waiters in a pizza restaurant, take over a live Shakespeare performance when actors from the RSC and the National Theatre are stuck in traffic. With Jonathan Cullen, Fiona Dunn aand Richard Hahlo.
Series
Afternoon Play
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
13 Apr 2009 at 14:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Producer
Karen Rose
Contributor
Jonathan Cullen; Pippa Smith; Richard Hahlo
Cast
Fiona DunnFrances
Jonathan CullenNick
Richard AttleeCrispin
Richard HahloPeter
Sian WebberHermione

Additional Details

Theatre
Pizza Express, Jubilee Square, Brighton
Theatre company
Hydrocracker
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry V; Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Winter’s Tale, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Site-specific productions

Notes

Notes
Recorded live at a restaurant in Brighton.
General
The radio version produced by the independent company Sweet Talk Productions features the original cast - Jonathan Cullen, Fiona Dunn and Richard Hahlo - who together form the theatre company Hydrocracker.
History
Shakespeare a la Carte premiered as a site-specific stage show at Pizza Express in Brighton during the Brighton Festival in May 2008, offering audiences the chance to order extracts from Shakespeare plays and watch them performed by actors masquerading as waiters.
Reviews
Matthew Hemley for The Stage News, 10 February 2009, "Hahlo said the company had written two extra characters for the radio production who will ‘frame the action for those listening to it at home’ and added: ‘t’s good that we will record it live, because what you get, which will work strongly, is big chunks of Shakespeare. Then around that you have the to-ing and fro-ing of these waiters trying to get these speeches organised. There are lots of interesting jokes around catering and Shakespeare, which I hope will still work on the radio.'
http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/23436/bbc-radio-puts-site-specific-shakespeare-on (accessed 14/4/2009)
Source: BBC Radio 4 Programme Information, Radio Times

Production Company

Name

Sweet Talk

Sponsor

Name

BBC Radio 4

Web
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 External site opens in new window

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

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