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The director Robert Atkins presents all of Shakespeare’s plays included in the First Folio, except Cymbeline but with the addition of Pericles, at the Old Vic in London.
At the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Barry Jackson presents a modern-dress production of Cymbeline.
Barry Jackson presents modern-dress productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew in London.
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, destroyed by fire.
The black actor and singer Paul Robeson appears as Othello at the Savoy Theatre, London. Desdemona is played by Peggy Ashcroft.
In Stratford-upon-Avon, the rebuilt Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens.
John Gielgud appears in the title-role of Hamlet at the New Theatre (now the Albery Theatre) in London. The production is a great success and runs for 155 performances.
Julius Caesar broadcast on television by the BBC. This is probably the first full-scale Shakespeare production seen in this new medium.

Film of Henry V, directed by Laurence Olivier who also plays the title-role. The film moves from the stage of a recreated Globe to the outdoors and a large-scale re-enactment of the Battle of Agincourt.

Laurence Olivier as Chorus, 'O for a Muse of fire',
Listen  Henry V, Prologue, British Library Sound Archive, 1931


Film of Hamlet, directed by Laurence Olivier who also plays the title-role. Unlike Olivier’s Henry V, his Hamlet is filmed in black and white.

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet, Stanley Holloway as the Gravedigger, 'How long hast thou been grave-maker',
Listen  Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, British Library Sound Archive, 1948

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