The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0242  Thursday, 29 January 2004

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 29 Jan 2004 02:23:06 -0800
Subject:        3 Shakespeare Plays on BBC Radio 3/Streaming Audio

BBC Radio 3 has three Shakespeare plays scheduled for Sunday evenings
(London time) in February:  Measure for Measure, Winter's Tale, and
Richard III (a new production). Brits can easily listen to these
broadcasts--and so, in fact, can Americans with computers, for the plays
are also on the Internet as streaming audio.

First, some links, then the schedule for the Shakespeares, then some
advice on streaming audio.

Radio 3 drama page:
This page describes the month's Sunday evening dramas.  It has a Listen
Live button and a button to listen again (within about seven days) to
the most recent drama.

About a week beforehand, the detailed daily schedule (with, for example,
the cast list) goes up at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/listings/

You can get any of seven free BBC3 email alerts--eg, classical, jazz.
Sign up for the drama/ideas/culture email at

BBC3's streaming audio "Listen Live" URL (which can be bookmarked) is:

BBC3's own Radio Player is at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio3.shtml  It has a Listen Live button
and a list of programs to listen to on demand.

Here's the schedule of the three Shakespeare plays in February:

Sun., Feb. 1, 7:35-9:45 pm GMT:
Measure For Measure

Cast includes:  Chiwetel Ejiofor (the Duke), Anton Lesser (Angelo),
Nadine Marshall (Isabella), Clive Swift (Escalus), Lloyd Hutchinson
(Lucio), Adjoa Andoh (Mariana), Claire Benedict (Mistress Overdone),
Ewan Bailey (Pompey), Tom Smith (Elbow), Jude Akuwudike (Claudio) and
Colin McFarlane (Provost).  Original music composed by Helen Chadwick.
Directed by Claire Grove.

Sun., Feb. 8, 7:30-10:20 pm GMT:
The Winter's Tale

Cast includes:  Michael Feast (Leontes), Emma Fielding (Hermione),
Kenneth Cranham (Polixenes), David Fielder (Camillo), Claire Benedict
(Paulina), Elianne Byrne (Perdita), Graeme Hawley (Florizel), Matthew
Beard (Mamillius).  Original music composed by Gary Yershon.  Produced
by Nadia Molinari.

Sun., Feb. 15, 7:40-10:30 pm GMT:
Richard III

Cast includes:  Douglas Henshall (Richard), Ben Miles (Buckingham),
Michael Maloney (Clarence), Anastasia Hille (Queen Elizabeth), Geraldine
James (The Duchess of York) and Barbara Jefford (Margaret).  Original
music composed and realised by David Pickvance.  Produced and directed
by Marc Beeby.

There are two basically easy ways to listen to these plays:

1. Use the BBC3 Radio Player (which may be a Real Player in disguise) at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio3.shtml There's a button to listen
live and a list of regular programs broadcast in the previous seven days
or so that you can listen to on demand, including Drama on 3.

2.  Perhaps you already have some streaming audio player but I'll
recommend the latest version of the basic, free RealPlayer 10, which you
can download from http://www.real.com/ (click on "free RealPlayer" not
"free download, 14-day free trial"--which signs you up for a programming
package).  RP has its flaws that, like Microsoft products, make you
gnash your teeth, but there are two reasons for making it your radio
player:  (1) it's the standard for streaming audio, and (2) v.10 has a
really good feature:  a pause button, which enables you to pause and
resume later at the same point.  That essentially means you can make at
least a temporary recording:  start listening, press pause--which
creates a temporary file--and then press play when you have time.

Making permanent recordings off the Internet is something I haven't
mastered, so I will just direct you to ask the nearest teenager or else
search on "recording streaming audio" in Google.

PS--The news this very day is about what is being called the worst
crisis in the BBC's history:  the Hutton Report condemning the BBC for a
news story last year that the Blair government "sexed up" Iraq weapons
intelligence.  Many are defending BBC News but some are suggesting that
it's time for the government to sell off the system.

The BBC is a mammoth operation supported by annual fees on television
sets, a public subsidy far greater than any enjoyed by American PBS,
NPR, and other noncommercial operations.

I'm not aware of anything on American radio remotely comparable to
BBC3's quality drama or even BBC4's more popular fare.  We should enjoy
it--while we can.

Al Magary

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