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Shakespeare's Fire

Shakespeare's Fire

Comedy by New Generation poet Glyn Maxwell about the burning of the Globe Theatre in 1613

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2015
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
1
Starring
Adam Gillen, Rebecca Collingwood, Nancy Carroll, Emma Noakes, David Westhead, Jane Horrocks, Jasper Britton and Simon Greenall
Writer
Glyn Maxwell
Director
Frank Stirling
Producer
Frank Stirling

On a hot summer afternoon, the King's Men in Southwark are performing William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's The Famous History Of The Life Of Henry VIII. On that scorching day in June, the jewel of London's playhouses, The Globe, burned down.

So much we know through eye witness accounts, but many questions still remain unanswered. Are the rumours of royal involvement to be credited? Did the Burbages really do well out of the fire? What is the connection between these events and the end of the career of England's most illustrious playwright? And where do a clown's trousers fit into all this?

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 8th May 2015 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes