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Just two Shakespeare plays in five years on BBC television. That makes 100 hours of EastEnders for every hour of Shakespeare

By John Morrison   February 2003

Did you catch that terrific BBC Shakespeare production? No? Don’t worry, there wasn’t one. You will, of course, switch on the next time the BBC does a Shakespeare play? Don’t rush home. It isn’t planning any.

Only two Shakespeare plays have made it to BBC1 or BBC2 in the last five years. Both came originally from the National Theatre: Richard Eyre’s “King Lear” in March 1998, and Trevor Nunn’s “The Merchant of Venice” in December 2001. These were two of the outstanding productions of the past decade. But at this rate, we shall have to wait until 2030 to see…

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