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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Synopsis
A television adaptation of W.S. Gilbert’s 1891 burlesque. The script parodies the style of Shakespearean performance in the 1890s and centres on Claudius’ secret - that in his youth he was the author of a bad play, now forbidden by all to mention. To get out of an engagement with the prince and marry her true love Rosencrantz. Ophelia engineers Hamlet into staging the banned play, resulting in his exile to England. With Leonard Sachs as Rosencrantz and Erik Chitty as Guildenstern. [with acknowledgment to Susanne Greenhalgh for providing the synopsis].
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
2 Mar 1938 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
25 mins
Availability
No archive copy found.

Credits

Producer
Jan Bussell
Writer
W.S. Gilbert
Cast
Peter RidgewayHamlet
Graham CliffordClaudius
Madge BrindleyGertrude
Alexis FranceOphelia
Connaught StanleighPlayer (1)
Erik ChittyGuildenstern
Ethene WallPlayer (2)
Leonard SachsRosencrantz

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William

Notes

Notes
Source: http://www.radiotimesarchive.co.uk

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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