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Shakespeare on the BBC
Macbeth on BBC ONE, part of the Shakespeare season across the BBC


This autumn across the BBC


This autumn, the BBC brings Shakespeare and his stories to audiences with a variety of new programmes and initiatives across its services television, radio, online and interactive.


Shakespeare on Radio 4


Shakespeare Stories

14 to 18 November, 3.30 to 3.45pm


Five great actors, including Simon Russell Beale and Prunella Scales, read extracts from five different sources that inspired five of Shakespeare's plays.


Each story is introduced by Shakespeare scholar Dr. Carol Rutter, who is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Warwick University.


Each day Carol takes a different source and a different play and in her introduction puts it into context and describes how Shakespeare transformed the material.


Monday - Othello

Taken from Italian writer Gerald Cinthio's Hecatommithi, Simon Russell Beale reads the story of the Moor of Venice, his bitter jealousy and a desperate tragedy launched in the tangled folds of a handkerchief.


Tuesday - The Winter's Tale

Robert Greene's prose romance Pandosto was the source for The Winter's Tale, one of Shakespeare's most complex plays.


Gerard Murphy reads this story of sexual jealousy and social unrest that will only be resolved when "that which is lost, is found".


Wednesday - Measure For Measure

George Whetstone's Promos and Cassandra was taken and transformed by Shakespeare when he wrote Measure For Measure.


Claire Skinner reads this story of corrupt justice, hypocrisy and social sleaze.


Thursday - Macbeth

Shakespeare found the bloody story of Macbeth, his wife and the Weird Sisters in Raphael Holished's Chronicles Of England, Scotland and Wales.


It is read by Stephen Boxer.


Friday - Romeo And Juliet

Prunella Scales reads an extract from Arthur Brooke's long poem The Tragicall Historye Of Romeus And Juliet, the first English account of the starcross'd lovers.


Produced by Claudine Toutoungi.


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