Air Dates For David Tennant's New BBC Radio 3 Shakespeare Unlocked Season

The new Radio 3 productions of Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet featuring David Tennant have got air dates. Twelth Night will air on 22nd April at 8.30pm and Romeo and Juliet will air on 29th April at 8.30pm.

Drama on 3 is featuring new productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest as Radio 3's contribution to the BBC's Shakespeare Unlocked season. The first two plays, which reflect upon Shakespeare and love are performed by a company of actors including David Tennant and Rosie Cavaliero both of whom won best actor and best actress at the recent Audio Drama Awards.
To accompany the plays there will be Essays on Radio 3 and on Radio 4 Neil MacGregor's new series which examines Shakespeare's legacy through twenty of his artefacts.
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Twelth Night
Sun, 22 Apr 2012, 20:30 on BBC Radio 3
A comedy of misrule and a trenchant attack on puritanism
as disguise and deceit leads to misadventure, madness
and mistaken love in one of Shakespeare's happpiest plays.
Orsino loves Olivia but she loves Cesario who really does loves Orsino for Cesario is
actually a girl Viola. But Malvolio believes his mistress Olivia loves
him as he is a victim of a trick played on him by those who would make him mad.
Shakespeare unravels a comic knot and fashions a masterpiece.
Viola/Cesario ..... Naomi Frederick
Sebastian ..... Trystan Gravelle
Sea Captain ..... Gerard McDermott
Orsino ..... Paul Ready
Valentine Harry Livingstone
Maria ..... Rosie Cavaliero
Sir Toby Belch ..... Ron Cook
Sir Andrew Aguecheek ..... Adam James
Olivia ..... Vanessa Kirby
Feste..... James Lailey
Malvolio  ..... David Tennant
Fabian  ..... Don Gilet
Antonio ..... Peter Hamilton Dyer
Music composed by Roger Goula
Directed by Sally Avens

Romeo & Juliet
Sun, 29 Apr 2012, 20:30 on BBC Radio 3
Shakespeare's quick witted summer tragedy, recorded with the same company as Twelfth Night, his melancholic winter comedy, which was the first in this Drama on 3 Shakespeare and Love season. In a town full of hatred, where the streets ring with the Capulet Montague feud, and swords are too easily drawn, Romeo and Juliet find each other, and love, and never let go.
Romeo ..... Trystan Gravelle
Juliet ..... Vanessa Kirby
Nurse ..... Rosie Cavaliero
Friar Laurence ..... Ron Cook
Prince Escalus ..... David Tennant
Mercutio ..... Paul Ready
Benvolio ..... Adam James
Tybalt ..... Carl Prekopp
Paris ..... Johnny Flynn
Capulet ..... James Lailey
Lady Capulet ..... Naomi Frederick
Montague ..... Peter Hamilton Dyer
Balthasar ..... Don Gilet
Apothecary ... Christine Absalom
Gregory ..... Harry Livingstone
Sampson ..... Joe Sims
Prologue ..... Tracy Wiles
Music ..... Roger Goula
Sound Design ..... Colin Guthrie
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole


  1. I really cannot wait to hear these performances. Shakespeare's works remain topical, vibrant and polished - his writing may be equalled, but never bettered. In particular, Romeo and Juliet is, for me, one of the deepest soul-rendering tragedies of all time - and, wow, what a company to bring these works to life - like music to my soul, so play on!


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