Two Loves

Poetry and Music from the Age of Elizabeth I. Compiled and presented by Peggy Ashcroft and Julian Bream. Today is the 80th birthday of one of Britain's most celebrated and best-loved actresses, Peggy Ashcroft. This evening she joins Julian Bream in the elegant Long Gallery at Penshurst Place in Kent for a programme of Shakespeare's poetry and Dowland's music. Besides such famous poems as Orpheus with his Lute and Come away Death, Peggy Ashcroft includes extracts from Othello, Venus and Adonis, Phoenix and the Turtle and, of course, some of the sonnets. Julian Bream 's lute solos include John Dowland 's haunting Lachrymae, a galliard dedicated to 'the most Sacred Queene Elizabeth', settings of popular ballads and a fiendishly difficult fancy.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Sonnets and Poems
  • Channel: BBC Two
  • Duration: 50'03''
  • Broadcast date: 1987

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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