WorldCat Identities

Barber, Frances 1958-

Works: 166 works in 469 publications in 4 languages and 9,024 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Television adaptations  Film adaptations  Fiction  Televised plays  Television plays  Comedy films  Made-for-TV movies  Domestic fiction  Television interviews 
Roles: Actor, Narrator, Performer, Author, Other
Classifications: PR2837, 822.33
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Frances Barber
Twelfth night, or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Visual )

32 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria. Viola, disguised as a man named Cesario, takes up service with the Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with Lady Olivia. But Olivia is in mourning over her brother's death, so Orsino sends Cesario over as an emissary of love, except that Olivia falls for Viola! And so begins the Great Bard's comedy of romance and confused identities darkened only by the cruelties of the deceitful Malvolio
King Lear by William Shakespeare( Visual )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proposing to divide his vast kingdom amongst his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, Lear devises a test for his offspring to convince him of their suitability and compassion for rule. Goneril and Regan's true colors emerge as they unleash a vast conspiracy of greed and cruelty within the once loyal dynasty
William Shakespeare's The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare( Recording )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister Kate is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take Kate on?"--Container
The ice house by Minette Walters( Visual )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years ago, Phoebe Maybury's hateful husband David disappeared from Streech Grange. Now, a naked, unidentifiable corpse has been discovered in the icehouse on the Grange and Inspectors Walsh and McLoughlin have to decide whose it is, whether he was murdered ; and who killed him
Behaving badly( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar winner Judi Dench stars in this darkly humorous drama about a meek, middle-aged divorcee who suddenly begins to behave in ways that shock her ex and her grown daughter. Extras include biographies of star Judi Dench and writer Catherine Heath
Midsomer murders by John Nettles( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham. Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby has policed the murderous county for decades, and now he is ready to retire. In these four episodes Barnaby investigates his final cases before leaving the denizens of MIdsomer in the capable hands of his cousin, DCI John Barnaby and his partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Master Class: Competition over a prestigious music class unearths a long-kept secret. The Noble Art: A reenactment of a championship boxing match turns deadly. Not in My Back Yard: A clash over property development leads to a string of murders. Fit for Murder: The Barnabys' spa weekend is interrupted by a gruesome discovery
Prick up your ears by Stephen Frears( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts the true-life events leading to the murder/suicide that ended the lives of playwright Joe Orton and his lover, Ken Halliwell
Kenneth Branagh's twelfth night : or, What you will( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kenneth Branagh takes on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with the Renaissance Theatre Company. The exemplary cast includes Richard Briers as Malvolio, Frances Barber as Viola, Caroline Langrishe as Olivia, Christopher Ravenscroft as Orsino, and James Saxon as Sir Toby Belch. The original music for this production is by Paul McCartney and Pat Doyle
Trial & retribution( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen( Recording )

18 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund, but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive, and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy, Fanny has to fight to retain her independence
A zed & two noughts by Peter Greenaway( Visual )

19 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving the car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the local zoo. Alba survives the accident although she loses one leg, and her sinister physician eventually removes the other because it looked so sad all alone. Oswald and Oliver become involved with Alba, and uncover dubious trafficking in zoo property. But ultimately, their only goal is to try and understand their mortal condition
Jim Henson's The storyteller : the definitive collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A storyteller accompanied by a talking dog serves as host and narrator for these adaptations of classic children's stories. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provides special effects, animation, puppetry, and makeup to bring unique qualities to this dual-themed fantasy series. Disc 1 is hosted by John Hurt as the Storyteller and features European folklore; disc 2 is hosted by Michael Gambon as a grave-robbing Athenian version of the Storyteller with tales from Greek mythology
The shape of snakes by Minette Walters( Recording )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty years ago, M. Ranelagh found her Graham Road neighbor dying in a gutter. "Mad Annie" Butts, long persecuted for being black and for suffering from Tourette's syndrome, had had her skull shattered. So deeply did Annie's death--ruled an accident--affect M. that she has spent the last two decades secretly amassing proof that it was murder, and that the murderer lived in Graham Road. Her collection of evidence faithfully teases out the serpentine deceptions--and self-deceptions--woven into Annie's death; husband Sam, neighbors, friends, family, police, all are grist for the mill of M.'s occasionally unscrupulous research:I suppose everyone has a pet subject that triggers their anger--with me it was my mother's wicked talent for stirring, with Sam it was his fear of Mad Annie and everything her death represented: the mask of respectability that overlaid the hatreds and the lies. He always hoped, I think, in a rather free interpretation of the karma principle, that if he refused to look beneath a surface then the surface was the reality. But he could never rid himself of the fear that he was wrong
Sammy and Rosie get laid by Stephen Frears( Visual )

30 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rosie's radical politics land her in everyone's bed but Sammy's--but if they want to inherit Rafi's fortune, they'll have to come up with the grandchild he wants
Aristophanes : the gods are laughing( Visual )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This pseudo-biography juxtaposes elements of Aristophanic plays with the activities of contemporaneous people to show how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theatre"--Container
Adam and Eve and pinch me by Ruth Rendell( Recording )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jock Lewis was supposed to have died in the Paddington rail crash, but curiously, the police hadn't been in touch. And Jock had gone off with all Minty's savings. Then there was Zilla. She had also received a letter from the railway company that said her husband was dead. She didn't really believe the story, but chose not to mention her doubts. Jock's ghost reappeared to Minty at home, at work, in the cinema. Minty started to carry a knife
Esther Kahn by Arnaud Desplechin( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Jewish migrant living in London at the turn of the 19th century works with her family in a sweatshop. But Esther is the weak link in the operation. She is slow and stubborn, she never has an opinion on anything and never feels anything for anyone. She decides to become an actress, because it is only in the theater that she awakens. It is on the stage that, one evening, she breaks through twenty years of suppressed life, and really begins to live
How to be good by Nick Hornby( Recording )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife ... well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper. But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too--really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor--or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David--and with herself
Shiner by John Irvin( Visual )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy "Shiner" Simpson is a man who has spent much of his life making a living by skirting the law, but he thinks he may finally have a legitimate path to the big time managing his son Eddie, an up-and-coming boxer, who is set to fight an American champion in a prizefight, and Billy is convinced Eddie can't lose. But Eddie loses in the second round, and Billy flees the arena with his son in tow. Billy and Eddie are followed by a gunman who shoots and kills the young fighter, and a distraught Billy becomes convinced someone got to Eddie and forced him to take a dive
Young soul rebels by Isaac Julien( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interracial sex act in the bushes turns into murder, setting off a police investigation and sending controversy into London's black community. A riveting look at the forces of race, class, and sex that reshaped the U.K. just before the Thatcher years
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Audience level: 0.28 (from 0.16 for Midsomer m ... to 0.67 for Adam and E ...)

King Lear
Alternative Names
Barber, Francis 1958-

Brookes, Frances J.

Frances Barber actrice britannique

Frances Barber actriz británica

Frances Barber attore britannico

Frances Barber britische Schauspielerin

Frances Barber britisk skodespelar

Frances Barber britisk skuespiller

Frances Barber Brits actrice

Frances Barber brittisk skådespelare

Фрэнсис Барбер

פרנסס בארבר שחקנית אנגלייה

فرانسس باربر بازیگر بریتانیایی

فرانسيس باربر

فرانسيس باربر ممثلة بريطانية


English (172)

German (5)

French (3)

Italian (2)

William Shakespeare's The taming of the shrewThe ice houseBehaving badlyPrick up your earsMansfield ParkJim Henson's The storyteller : the definitive collectionThe shape of snakesHow to be good