Just a very quick one to point out – in case you had failed to spot it – that the BBC has put up some recently rediscovered footage from Zeffirelli’s 1967 Much Ado About Nothing which starred Maggie Smith (now Dame and famous Dowager) as Beatrice and her future husband Robert Stephens as Benedick.
It looks like everyone else is getting very excited about Shakespeare’s 400th Death-iversary as well as me. I’ll update this post with major events as an when I find out about them so keep watching this space!
The Penny Dreadfuls’ alternative history of Macbeth (broadcast on Radio 4 on Saturday 13th December) is absolutely hilarious – it’s more about righting the wrongs of Shakespeare’s idiosyncratic history (and how everyone thinks it’s accurate!) than about being a direct parody, but the porter, and a witch, do make appearances. And, mainly, it’s brilliant. My favourite line is:
“I love a wedding. Everyone looks smart and a woman gets traded. It so romantic.”
I think this link will work worldwide, the BBC are pretty generous like that…