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Great Lives: William Shakespeare on Radio 4

August 31, 2011

BBC Radio 4:

No less a figure than the national bard, William Shakespeare, is nominated for great life status by poetry curator and TV producer, Daisy Goodwin. Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre joins Matthew Parris to put flesh on the life that is remarkably light on known and verifiable facts. How and why did this son of an illiterate glovemaker from Stratford on Avon come to bestride the international stage, adopted not only as England’s national poet, but even displacing Goethe and Schiller in Germany? Dromgoole argues that more than a sense of the man is conveyed in his 37 plays.

Producer: Mark Smalley.

Find out more and listen to the 30 min radio show here.


BBC Shakespeare to be filmed in Wales

May 31, 2011

from ATV Today:

A major new cycle of Shakespeare’s four most acclaimed historical works will be brought to BBC Two in 2012 as part of a season based on the Bard’s life and works.

Involving some of the most pre-eminent Shakespearian actors and directors of our time, the films will consist of bold adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, set in the Medieval period and filmed on locations around the UK and Europe.

Filming on Richard II, the first of the four films, will commence next month in Wales. Locations include St David’s Cathedral and Pembroke Castle, both being used for the first time as filming locations for a production of this scale. Production designer will be Andrew McAlpine, with Danny Cohen as Director of Photography and Odile Dicks Mireaux as Costume Designer.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, says, “A fitting ensemble of some of this country’s finest acting talent have assembled for Richard II, the first of four film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays on BBC Two in 2012. Shooting entirely on location, the director Rupert Goold brings a scale never before attempted on TV to the work by using St David’s Cathedral and Pembroke Castle in Wales to give audiences something entirely unique.”

Find out more here.


The Essay: Montaigne and Shakespeare

January 21, 2011


A series of five essays on Montaigne to accompany a major Radio 3 drama about the French essayist called ‘Living with Princes’, written by Stephen Wakelam with Roger Allam as Montaigne to be broadcast on Sunday, January 23, 2010 on Radio 3.

The essays will be written and read by the writer and broadcaster Alain de Botton; the philosopher and historian Theodore Zeldin who will explore to what extent Montaigne’s philosophy on life holds true today; writer and Shakespeare scholar, Jonathan Bate, who will be exploring the relationship between Montaigne and the Bard; the writer and biographer of Montaigne, Sarah Bakewell, on Montaigne’s cat, scepticism and animal souls; and the philosopher A.C.Grayling.

Listen to Jonathan Bate here.


Young actors campaign to save Theatr Powys

November 18, 2010


A campaign is under way by a group of young actors to save a “highly regarded” theatre which is threatened with closure. Mid Powys Youth Theatre is part of Theatr Powys, which is expected to lose about £200,000 in funding from the Acts Council of Wales (ACW) next year.

Campaign4Creativity (C4C) has been formed to rescue the theatre, which is based in Llandrindod Wells. Powys council runs it and said it would make a decision about its future soon. Theatr Powys reopened in 2006 after it was seriously damaged by fire a year earlier. ACW helped fund the refurbishment and the renovation costs were put at £972,000. In June, ACW said the funding of 32 organisations was to stop next April following a spending review. The announcement came amid pressure on public funding due to the budget deficit. ACW awarded £210,940 to Theatr Powys this financial year, while Powys council allocated £227,320. YouTube channel Baely Saunders, whowith her brother and sister are part of Mid Powys Youth Theatre, is part of the C4C campaign. “There is a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. There’s also a ballot box campaign, and we’re inviting people to vote for the continuation of the arts in mid Wales and then we’ll replicate an general election count and the results will be sent to Powys council,” said Ms Saunders, 18.

C4C campaign Ms Saunders said Mid Powys Youth Theatre was founded 23 years ago and had more than 30 members. “Powys council is between a rock and a hard place. It has to make cuts, but at the moment all the young people have access to acting and theatre professionals and they would have to find work elsewhere if the funding was lost,” she added. “To lose this would be an opportunity lost and mid Wales isn’t really seen as a land of opportunity.”

Powys council said Theatr Powys, which has eight full-time staff, was part of its arts service, and was a “highly regarded touring theatre company”. A council spokesman said: “The council has provided funding for the organisation for the current financial year. “Any future allocation will be considered as part of the council’s overall budget discussion later this year when the council receives its budget allocation from the Welsh Assembly Government. “The assembly will set its budget on 17 November and the county council will receive its provisional settlement a week later, the budget will not be confirmed until the New Year.” The ACW has been asked to comment.

Visit the Mid Wales Youth Theatre website here.

See BBC news story here.


Shakespeare festival returns to Pembrokeshire roots

November 4, 2010


The UK’s largest youth drama project, which started life in Pembrokeshire a decade ago, is returning to its roots.

Pupils from eight schools will perform half-hour adaptations of some of Shakespeare’s plays at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival now involves more than 600 schools a year.

Patrons include dramatist Sir Tom Stoppard, author Philip Pullman and Oscar winners Dame Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey.

It started in 2000 when eight schools in Pembrokeshire performed abridged half-hour scripts made for the S4C and BBC Wales series, Shakespeare – The Animated Tales.

The festival now sees professional actors and students working together across the UK and it has also spread overseas to South Africa and Australia.

Nick Connerton, the festival’s co-ordinator in Wales, said it gave pupils from all backgrounds and ability the chance to perform plays in their local theatres and allowed teachers to train as directors.
Read the full article and see a video clip on the BBC page here.

BBC plans 2012 Shakespeare Season

September 22, 2010


William Shakespeare’s life and works will be examined as part of a BBC season, scheduled to take place in 2012.

It will feature four interpretations of the writer’s most acclaimed plays and documentaries about his life.

The commission follows the success of BBC Two’s Hamlet adaptation, starring David Tennant.

Announcing the season at the BBC’s Vision Forum, the BBC’s Jana Bennett said she hoped the season would be “culturally important and rewarding”.

“The BBC will be celebrating Shakespeare’s work and living legacy as part of 2012, one of the biggest cultural festivals the UK has ever staged,” she added.

The announcement was made at the BBC’s Vision Forum, where all aspects of television and multiplatform programming are being debated as part of the two-day event.

Head of BBC knowledge commissioning, Emma Swain said: “In a season of films, both drama and factual, we will explore the politics of Shakespeare, the context in which he was writing and the pure pleasure to be had from really understanding his characters and his use of language.

“Our ambition is to make the season thought-provoking, stimulating and rewarding for a broad audience on channels and online.”

During 2012, the year the Olympics take place in London, BBC One will also broadcast a landmark series about the city, described as “a people’s history”.

Visit BBC news article here.


Antiques dealer jailed over stolen Shakespeare folio

August 2, 2010

Today’s BBC News

“An antiques dealer has been jailed for eight years for handling a stolen copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Raymond Scott, 53, from County Durham was cleared of stealing the treasure, but found guilty of handling stolen goods at a trial in June.

The 1623 work was taken from a display cabinet at Durham University in 1998.

Judge Richard Lowden called the folio ‘quintessentially English treasure’ and said damage to it was ‘cultural vandalisation’.”

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