Goodbye, thank you, and good onya, John Bell! You made my day when I got to meet you and have a chat almost two years ago. I was so chuffed you were excited about the article I’d written on “Just Macbeth!”. I have loved Bell Shakespeare productions for as long as I can remember, and know your input and guidance will be sorely missed.
In 1938, Orson Welles was offered a chance to direct his own weekly, hour-long radio series. Welles insisted his Mercury company — including actors and crew — be involved in the radio series. Most episodes dramatized works of classic and contemporary literature. It remains perhaps the most highly regarded radio drama anthology series ever broadcast, most likely due to the creativity of Orson Welles:
# Date Title
1 Jul 11, 1938 Dracula
2 Jul 18, 1938 Treasure Island
3 Jul 25, 1938 A Tale of Two Cities
4 Aug 01, 1938 The Thirty Nine Steps
5 Aug 08, 1938 3 short stories: “I’m a Fool”, “Open Window”, “My Little Boy”
6 Aug 15, 1938 Abraham Lincoln
7 Aug 22, 1938 The Affairs of Anatole
8 Aug 29, 1938 The Count of Monte Cristo
9 Sep 05, 1938 The Man Who Was Thursday 10 Sep 11, 1938 Julius Caesar
11 Sep 18, 1938 Jane Eyre (possibly lost)
12 Sep 25, 1938 Immortal Sherlock Holmes
13 Oct 02, 1938 Oliver Twist (possibly lost)
14 Oct 09, 1938 Hell On Ice
15 Oct 16, 1938 Seventeen
16 Oct 23, 1938 Around the World in Eighty Days
17 Oct 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds
18 Nov 06, 1938 2 stories: Heart of Darkness, Life with Father
19 Nov 13, 1938 Passenger To Bali
20 Nov 20, 1938 The Pickwick Papers
21 Nov 27, 1938 Clarence (possibly lost)
22 Dec 04, 1938 The Bridge of San Luis Rey (possibly lost)
23 Jun 21, 1946 The Hitch-Hiker
24 Jul 12, 1946 The Search for Henry Le Ferre
Highlights include Shakespeare’s London (with guest appearances from Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Shakespeare in Love), Shakespeare in the mountains of California, New York’s Shakespeare rapper and a plethora of Shakespeare Disasters.
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Bell Shakespeare’s 2015 season has been announced: As You Like It, Hamlet, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet (with Sydney Symphony Orchestra). Looking forward to seeing Hamlet when it makes its way to WA.
Shakespeare has received no shortage of contemporary cinematic takes, but we’d reckon there are few that have involved machine guns. So welcome to Michael Almereyda’s “Cymbeline,” which is not his first journey down the Bard’s path. He’s the filmmaker behind 2000’s slick version of “Hamlet,” but this looks like a different animal entirely.
Thank you Venice film festival. New trailer and a clip from Cymbeline has been released. Embedding didn’t work, so follow the link to view both.
Coming soon to TV: Morgan Freeman, Kim Cattrall, Hugh Bonneville, David Harewood, Christopher Plummer, and Joseph Fiennes have signed up to study the works of Shakespeare in a new documentary series, My Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Unbound is a new Bell Shakespeare initiative presented in partnership with online education portal ABC Splash, and featuring twelve free videos featuring scenes from six of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet,Julius Caesar and The Tempest. These videos are paired with 12 video commentaries from the director James Evans and cast members.