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Richard Iii19971219

The last of four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

Simon Russell Beale and David Troughton discuss `Richard III'.

197C0119970714

Five programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

197C02Hedda Gabler19970715

Five programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

2: When `Hedda Gabler' opened in London in 1891, the Daily Telegraph critic wrote, `What a horrible story! What a hideous play!' Alexandra Gilbreath and Harriet Walter reveal the challenges in playing the passionate, destructive character of Hedda.

197C03The Ghastly Turmoil Of A Nest Of Maggots19970716

Five programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

3: Rupert Brooke once described Webster's plays as `the ghastly turmoil of a nest of maggots'.

Yet `The Duchess of Malfi' is one of the most frequently performed tragedies in the repertoire.

Does Webster's gothic, morally chaotic, corrupt world speak directly to Britain in the 1990s? Eleanor Bron and Juliet Stevenson discuss their experiences of playing the Duchess.

197C04A Bucolic, Anti-heroic Ulysses19970717

Five programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

4: Alex Jennings and Stephen Moore discuss the character of Peer Gynt, described by Ibsen's latest biographer as `a bucolic, anti-heroic Ulysses'.

197C05Richard Iii19970718

The last of five programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

Simon Russell Beale and David Troughton discuss `Richard III'.