Silent Shakespeare


A first of some kind has been announced by the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre on London’s South Bank. On 23 April (Shakespeare’s birthday), the white walls of the Globe will be effectively converted into screens, as a 45-minute programme of silent Shakespeare titles from the BFI National Archive will be projected on the outside of the theatre. The films, already known through the BFI/Milestone Silent Shakespeare DVD, will be accompanied by Laura Rossi and Fourth Dimension string quartet – Rossi composed the score for the DVD. The screenings take place at 7.00 and 8.00 pm.

2 responses

  1. Would you be able to tell me the reference of this collection, with regards to The Tempest.

  2. Not quite sure what you mean, but the Silent Shakespeare DVD is published by the British Film Institute and contains these films (all derived from prints in the BFI National Archive):

    KING JOHN (GB 1899, production company British Mutoscope and Biograph Company)
    THE TEMPEST (GB 1908 p.c. Clarendon Film Company)
    A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (US 1909 p.c. Vitagraph Company of America)
    RE LEAR (Italy 1909 p.c. Film d’Arte Italiana)
    TWELFTH NIGHT (US 1910 p.c. Vitagraph Company of America)
    IL MERCANTE DI VENEZIA (Italy 1910 p.c. Film d’Arte Italiana)
    RICHARD III (GB 1911 p.c. Co-operative Cinematograph Company)

    The Tempest was directed by Percy Stow. None of the players’ names are known, unfortunately. There is more information on the DVD on the BFI site,

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