Burt Caesar investigates what it means to take and receive a bow - the moment when performers move back to their our own lives.

Directors Peter Brook and Jatinder Verma, actors Josette Bushell-Mingo, Roy Hudd and Richard Wilson, designers, historians and critics explore the ulterior motives of Shakespeare's jigs, the politics of the panto walk-down, even the agitprop refusal to take a bow.

Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 19991216
  • Repeated:
    • 20001130
    • 20010104 (Radio 4)