All the World's a Stage
Texts and music on the theme of theatre and showbusiness, with readings by Henry Goodman and Samantha Bond. With Shakespeare, Hardy, Eliot, plus Puccini, Purcell, Sondheim, Ades.
The lights, the greasepaint, the roar of applause: there's no business like show business and this week's Words and Music turns the spotlight on the theatre and showbiz. Actors have fascinated audiences from ancient Greece through to the groundlings of Shakespeare's Globe, on into modern movie houses; and the theatre has been both celebrated as a grand metaphor for life and denigrated as the the site of moral decay. Henry Goodman and Samantha Bond read from work by Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, John Dryden, T.S Eliot and Dorothy Parker, accompanied by the music of Puccini, Irving Berlin, Purcell, Sondheim and Thomas Ades.
Producer: Georgia Mann.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Henry V, Prologue. Samantha Bond.
Gus the Theatre Cat. Henry Goodman
Mansfield Park. Samantha Bond
As You Like It, act two, scene seven. Henry Goodman.
Everyday Theatre. Samantha Bond.
John Hall Wheelock
Vaudeville. Henry Goodman.
Phantom of the Opera. Samantha Bond.
Hamlet. Act two, scene two. Henry Goodman.
Actresses: A Hate Song. Samantha Bond.
To An Actress. Henry Goodman.
The Ballade of Dead Actors. Samantha Bond.