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William Shakespeare - Unknown Works

SHAKESPEARE'S UNKNOWN WORKS
The BBC has a tradition of broadcasting plays based on Shakespeare's work or his life; often around April 23rd: Shakespeare's birthday (He also died on 23 April). Some of them are listed below. I have recordings of these...if others are known by you, please send an email.

DO NOT DISTURB:
Police drama with a convoluted plot involving Shakespeare's remains. 21 Sep 77, 3.05pm, R4.

THE MAN WHO WROTE SHAKESPEARE
A. Gill. R4 , 20 Apr 78, 3.05pm, R4.

NO BED FOR BACON
by Brahms & Simon. Irreverent view of Shakespeare's theatre. R4 date nk. (1980s?)

HAMLET PART II
by Perry Pontac. c1988. R4. What happened next ...... in verse, too. Dir. Richard Wortley.

THE JACOBEAN BOX
by Don Taylor. R4 1402 22 Apr 93. Shakespeare's manuscripts are discovered in an ancient wooden trunk .... with Stephen Moore

SHAKESPEARE: THE TRUTH
A parody by Desmon Olivier Dingle and Wallace: in several 15 minute episodes. Oct 93. With Patrick Barlow. R4.

SWEET WILLIAM
by P. Thomson . R4 29 Nov 93. A father and son make a pilgrimage to Stratford, obsessed with finding memorablilia of their beloved Shakespeare. With Kim Wall & Brett Usher.

PRINCE LEAR
by Perry Pontac. 18 Nov 94. R4. Another witty pastiche from this stylish writer. Dir. Richard Wortley.

THACKERAY
by Olwyn Wymarck and B. Clegg. R4, 14 Dec 95. A detective story with Shakespeare and gardening connections.

JUDITH SHAKESPEARE
by Nan Woodhouse. R4, Apr 96. The story of William Shakespeare's youngest daughter.

AN EPIPHANOUS USE OF THE MICROPHONE
by David Pownall. R4 15 May 98, 9pm. A humorous play about producing Shakespeare's plays.

SHAKESPEARE
by Robert Nye. R4, 23 Apr 98. Play about the real source of Shakespeare's plays.

ANOTHER SHAKESPEARE
by Martyn Wade. R4, 19 Apr 00. With James Grout and J. Rhind-Tutt. A forger keeps finding Shakespearean manuscripts....

FATAL LOINS
by Perry Pontac. R4, 1415, 29 Oct 01. A reconsideration of the story of Romeo and Juliet, summed up succinctly in the prologue:
Two households, both alike in dignity; a boy and girl by fortune cursed and blessed
A look, a glance, a kiss, a balcony; a wedding, several killings and the rest ....
Dir. Richard Wortley.

ONE DAY
by Helen Cross, R4 22 Apr. 04. The opening of the Stratford theatre in 1932. Produced by Peter Wild; Helen's second radio play.

MACMORRIS
by John Morrison. Shakespeare's minor characters decide they want bigger and better parts. Dir. Tanya Nash. R4. 1415. 4 Oct 04.

A SONG FOR EDMOND SHAKESPEARE....2005
By Gary Bleasdale; Fri 7 Jan, R4. It's London, 1607: a penniless actor rushes drunkenly through the streets lamenting the failure that is his life. A failure made more painful because he is the youngest brother of the rather more successful William Shakespeare. (BBC website) With Paul Rhys, Helen Longworth, Stuart McLoughlin, Stephen Hogan, Cherry Morris, Nigel Barrett, Robert Hastie, Emily Wachter, Hugh Dickson.

THE LATE MR. SHAKESPEARE....2009
By Robert Nye. An old man who played Viola, Juliet and Cleopatra as a boy actor finally discovers what it's like to fall in love. Jim Broadbent as Pickleherring, George Longworth as the boy, Jill Cardo as Polly, Dan Starkey as Pompey Bum. Producer Jeremy Mortimer. Friday Play, 55m.

Lawrence Buckley adds:

I, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - date nk
starring Martin Jarvis, incorporating snatches of the Bard's dialogue, and relocated to Shakespeare's London.

JENKIN'S EAR (sic) - date nk
with Joss Ackland.

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