Next (1990 film)

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Directed byBarry Purves [1]
Produced bySara Mullock
Written byBarry Purves
Based onPlays of William Shakespeare
Music byStuart Gordon
The Hautboys
CinematographyDave Alex Riddett
David Sproxton
Edited byHelen Garrard
David McCormick
Release date
28 November 1990 (UK)
14 December 2002 (Olomouc Animation Film Festival, Czech Republic)
7 June 2003 (Worldwide Short Film Festival, Canada)
Running time
5 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

Next is a short film created by Aardman Animations. Its full title is "Next: The Infinite Variety Show."[2]


William Shakespeare auditions for an undetermined role in front of a bore Peter Hall with references to his play in under five minutes.[3]


  • Barry Purves - Will, a poor player (animation)
  • Roger Rees - Peter, a Producer (voice)


The film was commissioned by Channel 4 as part of a 5-part series of Aardman animations called "Lip Synch": Creature Comforts (1989), Going Equipped (1990), Ident (1990), Next (1990) and War Story (1989). [4]

Peter was voiced by Roger Rees [5] and is reading one of Hall's books. The halo indicates that he represents Saint Peter, and that Shakespeare is auditioning to get into Heaven. The film references all of 37 Shakespeare plays. [6]

A clip of this short was shown in the 2003 documentary Animated Century.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

On imdb, Next received a rating of 7.3/10 from 188 users.[2]


  1. ^ BFI
  2. ^ a b "Next (1990) - IMDb". Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  3. ^ Puppet thespian: Barry Purves, keeper of the flame-BFI
  4. ^ BFI Screenonline: Next (1989)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ BFI Screenonline: Next (1989)
  7. ^ The Animated Century-Rembrandt Films

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