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Early modern drama, early British television
Lisa Ward

Screen adaptations of plays by early modern dramatists other than Shakespeare have only recently begun to attract critical interest. This chapter analyses the archival record for three BBC Television productions from 1938 of plays by early modern dramatists—namely, The Duchess of Malfi, The Shoemaker's Holiday and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (1938). Since no audiovisual record survives for these productions, the chapter draws on print materials such as set diagrams, camera scripts and internal memos to reconstruct salient narrative and stylistic features of these television programmes, showing how they made creative virtues out of their technological limitations and exploring what role the plays’ stage traditions might have had in their selection for television production. Particular attention is devoted to The Duchess of Malfi, for which production documentation has survived and which was reviewed in depth for The Listener by the critic Grace Wyndham Goldie. Analysing these archival traces, the chapter explores the narrative choices made in the adaptation of the text, which was significantly shortened, and the innovative visual techniques employed by producer Royston Morley.

in Screen plays
Jonathan Bignell

adaptations—namely, Television World Theatre (BBC, 1957–59), Play of the Month (BBC1, 1965–79, 1982–83), Theatre Night (BBC2, 1985–90) or Performance (BBC2, 1991–98). These anthologies comprised adaptations of plays mostly written by canonical early modern dramatists, including Shakespeare, and twentieth-century authors such as George Bernard Shaw, Noël Coward, J. B. Priestley and Terence

in Screen plays
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Shakespeare shaping modern movie genres
R. S. White

essay, has anticipated some of the problems faced in this book. 5 In an age when ‘Shakespeare on film’ is a virtually universal way of teaching the plays, Lanier points out the twin dangers relating to genre study, either of implying an ideological dominance of modern cultural forms such as movies and imposing them inappropriately on an early modern dramatist, or alternatively of giving Shakespeare a

in Shakespeare’s cinema of love