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A Tribute to Shakespeare - The Unparalleled

Synopsis
An About Anglia special presentation by Michael Robson to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, featuring a compilation of enactments of his work, and footage taken from Laurence Olivier’s RICHARD III. Actors Jeremy Bush and Michael Robson, in period costume, enact scenes from King Lear, sonnet 73 is recited complemented by visuals of an English rural landscape, and Ron Moody as Shylock performs a speech from The Merchant of Venice. Robson gives a brief analysis of Shakespeare’s works that are still part of the school curriculum and two pupils enact a scene from Henry V. A scene from Henry V is performed by Robson and Bob Wellings and Jessica Hallsmith re-interpret scenes from Troilus and Cressida, replacing Elizabethan with World War II settings and costuming. Further recitals from Shakespeare’s work include sections taken from King Lear; and Cymbeline; followed by a choral version of the same play performed by school pupils. A recital from The Tempest completes the film, against visuals of historic buildings and the natural landscape.







Robson gives a brief analysis of the scope of Shakespeare’s work, that is still to this day part of the school curriculum, and two pupils enact scenes from Henry IV.

A scene from Henry V is performed by Robson, and later, Bob Wellings and Jessica Hallsmith reinterpret scenes from Troilus and Cressida replacing Elizabethan with World War II settings and costuming.

Further recitals from Shakespeare’s work include sections taken from King Lear (the Consolation monologue); and Cymbeline; followed by a choral version of the same play performed by school pupils. A recital from The Tempest completes the film, against visuals of historic buildings and the natural landscape.
Series
About Anglia
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
1964 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
38:55

Credits

Director
David Kenten
Producer
Dick Joice
Cinematographer
Ian Craig; Peter Fuller (2)
Writer
Michael Robson
Contributor
Michael Robson
Cast
Ron MoodyShylock
Bob Wellings 
Jeremy Bush 
Jessica Hallsmith 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Cymbeline; Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Henry V; King Lear; Merchant of Venice, The; Richard III; Tempest, The; Troilus and Cressida
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); School productions

Notes

General
About Anglia (1960-1990) was a local news magazine programme.
History
Transmission date unknown.

Production Company

Name

Anglia Television

Archive

Name

East Anglian Film Archive

Email
eafa@uea.ac.uk
Web
http://www.eafa.org.uk/default.aspx External site opens in new window
Phone
01603 592 664
Address
The Archive Centre
County Hall
Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DQ

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