Word of Mouth - A South Bank Show 2 part special
Playing Shakespeare - 9 parts
The Shakespeare Sessions
Ripped from VHS tapes from the TV - quality isn't great but the content is. The text files contain the GSpot Codec summary.
The South Bank Show:
Word of Mouth
London Weekend Television
9th December 1979
‘Masterclasses in music are familiar to television audiences. But tonight’s programme presents a masterclass of a different king – in classical drama.
In Part 1, and again next week, the Royal Shakespeare Company gives a workshop on Shakespeare’s verse before an invited audience. It is led by RSC joint artistic director Trevor Nunn, with fellow directors John Barton and Terry Hands.
The actors are Alan Howard, Jane Lapotaire, Ian McKellan, Michael Pennington, Patrick Stewart and David Suchet.’
16th December 1979
‘The Royal Shakespeare Company gives its second masterclass on performing Shakespeare before an invited audience.
Director John Barton works on a scene from ‘Troilus and Cressida’ with Alan Howard, Michael Pennington, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and David Suchet.
Ian McKellan describes the thoughts and ideas that run through an actor’s mind as he prepares for a major soliloquy, and Patrick Stewart contrast two different performances of the speech by Enobarbus from ‘Antony and Cleopatra.’
The programme is introduced by Trevor Nunn.’
Director Peter Walker
Channel 4, 1984
9 part complete guide to Shakespeare's verse from the point of view of the actor, with members of the RSC. GB, LWT, 1984. Tx Channel 4 29/07/84-23/09/84 Sundays.
THE SHAKESPEARE SESSIONS
Featuring KEVIN KLINE, DUSTIN HOFFMAN, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, CYNTHIA NIXON, LIEV SCHREIBER, CHARLES S. DUTTON & HARRIET WALTER
“Focusing on language as the way into Shakespeare's magical world, Barton guides his all-star American cast through intimate workshops where some of the Bard's most famous characters are brought to life.” — Playbill
Legendary directors and founders of the Royal Shakespeare Company JOHN BARTON and SIR PETER HALL travel to America to work with some of today's brightest stars.