The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2033 Thursday, 23 August 2001
Date: Wednesday, 22 Aug 2001 12:01:51 -0700
Subject: BBC Shakespeare
Some weeks ago a friend alerted me to a weekly Internet broadcast from
the BBC Programme 3 called Choral Evensong, and while it seems a bit
backwards to listen to this particular service at 8 in the morning, it
is nevertheless very lovely, with good reading and incredible singing
from various cathedrals and churches in the UK and elsewhere.
This morning I stayed a little late and clicked some internal links, and
by so doing found notice of four upcoming Shakespeare broadcasts on
September 16 - King Lear
September 23 - Much Ado About Nothing
September 30 - Othello
October 7 - The Tempest
The times are given as around 7 p.m. give or take half an hour,
presumably UK time, which is 5 to 8 hours earlier in the USA. Sounds
like something to justify the purchase of MP3 recording and playing
The respective directors have posted pictures and essays for each of the
productions. Not only are there some striking insights into the plays,
but also observations about the demands of producing drama on the
radio. David Hunter, director of The Tempest, claims that
"Radio is both a vividly visual medium and one capable of harnessing a
closeness and intensity perhaps not often possible for actors working in
anything but the smallest of theatre spaces."
This was news to me. Then came mind-pictures from plays heard on the car
radio, of long-ago Saturdays spent with Met opera broadcasts -- all
these came up in a rush of memory and I realize how strongly evocative
of visual images the audible-only can be.
The main page for these broadcasts is:
From there you can go to the essays for each of the plays.
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