New Release: John Gielgud: Ages of Man DVD

Entertainment One released the performance program John Gielgud: Ages of Man on DVD on Dec. 21, 2010, for a suggested retail price of $29.98. The release marks the program’s home entertainment premiere.

Originally broadcast live on television in 1966, Ages of Man is a one-man show based on a 1939 anthology edited by Oxford professor George Rylands that organizes Shakespeare’s works to show the journey of life from birth to death. The TV program stars legendary actor Gielgud (Richard III, Arthur) performing many of Shakespeare’s legendary sonnets and monologues from such plays as King Lear, Hamlet, The Tempest, As You Like It and others.

For more than 10 years, beginning in 1957, Gielgud performed the show the world over, winning him a special Tony Award “for contribution to theatre for his extraordinary insight into the writings of Shakespeare” for his 1959 Broadway engagement and a 1979 Grammy Award for his third audio recording of the recital (having been nominated for the same award for the versions made in 1959 and 1964). The show itself won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Dramatic Program for its 1966 telecast on CBS.

The DVD is presented in its original black & white and mono sound, with video in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

Included in the package is a collectible booklet with written contributions from the Archive of American Television, the Paley Center for Media and others.


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