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BBC Television Shakespeare

BBC Television Shakespeare  

In 1978 the BBC, which had sporadically televised a number of Shakespeare's plays, embarked on a plan to produce all of them at the rate of about six a year. Cedric Messina was originally in charge ...
bed-trick

bed-trick  

The deceptive substitution of one woman in a man's bed for another, a common motif of romance literature, used by Shakespeare in both All's Well that Ends Well and Measure for Measure.
Bertram

Bertram  

Count of Rousillon, in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well.
Boccaccio

Boccaccio  

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(1313–75),Italian writer, poet, and humanist. He is most famous for the Decameron (1348–58), a collection of a hundred tales told by ten young people who have moved to the country to escape the Black ...
countess of Rousillon

countess of Rousillon  

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In Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well, Bertram's mother and Helena's guardian.
Diana

Diana  

A character in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well.
epilogue

epilogue  

A concluding piece: in opera, for example, sometimes addressed directly to the audience, as in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Term has been used as description of movts. in their syms. by Vaughan ...
John Barton

John Barton  

(b. London, 26 Nov. 1928)Director. While teaching at Cambridge, he brought acclaim to Marlowe Society productions through his knowledge of seventeenth-century verse, which led him in 1960 to ...
A King and No King

A King and No King  

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A tragi‐comedy by Beaumont and Fletcher, performed 1611, printed 1619.Its complex plot describes the military and sexual rivalry of two kings, Arbaces of Iberia and Tigranes of Armenia, both of whom ...
Lafeu

Lafeu  

In Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well, an old lord.
Mariana

Mariana  

1 Diana's friend in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well;2 in his Measure for Measure, a lady betrothed to Angelo.
Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure  

A tragi‐comedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the First Folio of 1623, written probably in 1604. Its chief source is Whetstone's play Promos and Cassandra, based on a story in Cinthio's ...
Palace of Pleasure

Palace of Pleasure  

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A collection of translations into English of ‘Pleasant Histories and excellent Novelles…out of divers good and commendable Authors’, made by William Painter (c. 1525–95), Clerk of the Ordnance, and ...
Parolles

Parolles  

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In Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, the cowardly follower of Bertram.
pleonasm

pleonasm  

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[plee-ŏn-azm]The use of unnecessary additional words; or a phrase in which such needless repetition occurs, e.g. the main protagonist or at this moment in time. Adjective: pleonastic.
problem play

problem play  

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A term commonly used to describe a play which examines a specific social or political problem with the aim of igniting public debate. The genre apparently originated in France in the late 19th cent. ...
Violenta

Violenta  

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One of the dramatis personae of Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well who appears only once (iii. v) in the play and does not speak; sometimes referred to as a typical nonentity.
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare  

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(1564–1616),was baptized in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford‐upon‐Avon, on 26 April 1564. His birth is traditionally celebrated on 23 April, also known to have been the date of his death. He was the ...

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