William (1973)

Run Time - 46 min.  |  
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Taped in London and originally telecast by the BBC, this ABC Afternoon Special combines comedy, drama, and song to introduce young children to the marvels of William Shakespeare. In the course of a lively 46 minutes, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson read excerpts from Hamlet, Richard III, and As You Like It; Lynn Redgrave and Simon Ward perform quickie comic blackouts, encapsulating some of the Bard's more lighthearted efforts; and Paul Jones sings "Maria" from West Side Story, which of course is an updating of Romeo and Juliet. The revels are ended as the entire cast joins in on a rendition of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," from Cole Porter's Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate.