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Much Ado About Comedy

Synopsis
Radio broadcast. Matt Lucas explores Shakespeare’s comedies and examines whether they have an influence on current humour. Today we interpret comedy from a different perspective than 400 years ago - comedy in that era, meant a happy ending. Now Shakespeare’s comedies are used to greater comic effect, depending on the director and actors involved, and how they can convey his words for today’s audiences. Director Michael Grandage explains how he translates the text from as fresh a perspective as possible. The programmes examines the role of the Fool - what did fools represent in Elizabethan times and were they the stand-up comedians of their day? As The Reversed Shakespeare Company is launched, artistic director, Lindsay Dukes, shares her future plans of gender-swapping all of Shakespeare’s characters to offer a fresh experience to the younger generation. The programme also hears about Ben Elton’s new sitcom about William Shakespeare’s life, ‘Upstart Crow’, and features contributions from Catherine Tate, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw, Adam Long and Simon Russell Beale.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
20 Apr 2016 at 22:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 2)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Producer
Hayley Redmond
Contributor
Adam Long; Catherine Tate; Fiona Shaw; John Sessions; Lindsay Dukes; Matt Lucas; Michael Grandage; Simon Russell Beale

Additional Details

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

Production Company

Name

Sue Clark Productions

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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