Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary (1964)
Full title reads: “Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary”.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Shot in Techniscope.
GV River Avon and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Various shots around the centre of Stratford. Various shots of the Shakespeare Centre. Mr Eugene Black performs opening ceremony. Shots of Lord Avon (Anthony Eden) at the unveiling ceremony.
Ext shots of Shakespeare’s birthplace. Shots of King Edward VI school once attended by Shakespeare. Shots of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Shots of Charlecote Manor. Pan along row of books of Shakespeare’s works. Ext of Shakespeare’s ‘New Place’ building. Shots of Trinity Church with grave and bust of Shakespeare.
Various shots of Anniversary Parade in Stratford. The Mayor and Lord and Lady Avon are walking in procession. People from around the world in procession. Trumpeters play fanfare and flags are unfurled. More shots of parade. Procession enters Trinity Church.
VS of Arrival of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Shakespeare Centre. He is greeted by crowds and Sir Fordham Flower. Various shots of Duke looking around centre. Shots of exhibits at Shakespeare’s birthday. Duke visits Shakespeare exhibition and views various art works depicting the Bard’s life and time.
Shot of Stratford Post Office with people queuing to by commemorative stamps.
Duke arrives at Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, he is greeted by Lord Avon, Sir Fordham Flower and Peter Hall, Theatre Director. CU of actor putting on make up backstage.
Various shots of local school children folk dancing on lawns outside theatre. GV Theatre. CU Statue of William Shakespeare. NB Mute colour version available later on tape – MD.
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