Part One


Prologue: Quoting Shakespeare


Bernard Levin

The Music Hall Shakespeare


Words by Worton David

Music by Harry Fragson

Who Was William Shakespeare?


Patrick Barlow

If You Go Down to the Vault Tonight


Words by Jimmy Kennedy

Music by John W Bratton

Revised words by Mary Holtby

And How Is Hamlet?


Perry Pontac

Moody Dane


Words by Herbert Farjeon

Music by John Pritchett

Give Us A Rest


Sandy Wilson

Additional Words by Nicola Keen

and Malcolm McKee

The Man Who Speaks in Anagrams


Monty Python

Shakespeare Masterclass


Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

The Heroine the Opera House Forgot


Words by Laurence Phillips

Music by Carlton Edwards and Giuseppe Verdi

Additional words by Malcolm McKee

Swap a Jest


Words by Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie

Music by Bill Oddie

Away with the Fairies


Dillie Keane

Fear No More


Words by William Shakespeare

Music by Stephen Sondheim

Kings Ain’t What They Used To Be


John Cooper

Carrying A Torch


Words by Anthony Drewe

Music by George Stiles

Giving Notes


Victoria Wood

In Shakespeare’s Day


Words by Anthony Drewe

Music by George Stiles



Part Two


PC or not PC


Words by Maureen Lipman

Music by Denis King

Additional words by Nicola Keen

Stage Directions

  Michael Green

So That’s the Way You Like It


Alan Bennett, Peter Cook,

Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore

Ladies of London


Words by Caryl Brahms and Ned Sherrin

Music by Malcolm McKee

The English Lesson


Words by Adèle Anderson and Dillie Keane

Music by Dillie Keane

The Repertory Actor

  Guy Boas

Wherefore Art Thou, Juliet?


Alan Melville


  Derek Nimmo

The Night I Appeared as Macbeth


William Hargreaves

Revised words by Tom Lehrer

The Curtain

  Guy Boas

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

  Cole Porter

Curtain Speech

  Ronald Harwood

Will Power


Words by Kevin Hammonds

Music by Charles Miller

Let’s Do It


Words by Linda Bassett and

Christopher Luscombe

Based on the original by Cole Porter

Additional Words by Noël Coward

Further words by Jeremy Browne,

Clive Hayward, Nicola Keen

and Malcolm McKee

Put Out the Light


Words by William Shakespeare

Music by Malcolm McKee