Just William Live!

Episode 1. William Holds the Stage

William Holds the Stage
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Anderson

William Brown is confused. Some literary expert has been lecturing class 3A about a writer called Shakespeare and a cove called Bacon who stole all his work and sometimes went by the name of Ham. Or Eggs.

Martin Jarvis delivers a live performance of one of Richmal Crompton’s finest outings for William, which ends in him delivering his own version of the “To be or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet. So what if the words are not in the right order or, indeed, actual words?

It’s William’s moment in the spotlight and one of the funniest things on the radio this fortnight

About this programme

Part one of two. Martin Jarvis performs in the first of a pair of Richmal Crompton comic classics, recorded live in 2012 at the Theatre Royal, Winchester, as part of the city's Best of British Festival. Schoolboy William Brown has a befuddled notion that Shakespeare plays were written by a man called Ham and that all the great bard's work was plagiarised. He then comically depicts Hamlet in a school drama to uproarious laughter.

Cast and crew


Martin Jarvis


Rosalind Ayres
Richmal Crompton