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The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts$
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Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635238

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.001.0001

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Shakespeare and Radio

Shakespeare and Radio

Chapter:
(p.541) 29 Shakespeare and Radio
Source:
The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts
Author(s):

Susanne Greenhalgh

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0030

This chapter discusses the history of radio Shakespeare across the English-speaking world. It reviews some of the debates about the role of Shakespeare in the development of radio as an art form, and the aesthetic and interpretive choices of the resulting programmes, with particular attention to adaptations of Hamlet. The precise nature of Shakespeare's presence and remediation on English-speaking radio is bound up with the way radio developed in different countries and periods, especially the degree to which broadcasting was commercially based, state-funded, or a mix of the two. The model for public service broadcasting set by the BBC was largely followed by radio in countries which now form part of the British Commonwealth. Shakespeare largely faded from the airwaves with the coming of nationwide television, but did not completely disappear. Shakespeare on radio has frequently been the product of national needs and the focus of international transactions and policies.

Keywords:   English-speaking radio, Shakespeare, Hamlet, British Commonwealth, airwaves, adaptations, public service broadcasting

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