(Cut to the interior of hospital and see specialist as he
walks down a corridor.)
Specialist: All our patients here are suffering from
severe over-acting. (a nurse goes past leading a Long John Silver
who keeps going 'Aha! Jim Lad') When they're brought in they're
all really over the top. (he passes a whole group of Long John
Silvers) And it's our job to try and treat the condition of
over-acting... (he passes a group of King Rats, and indicates the
worst case) ...rather serious.
(he walks on through a door) This is the Richard III Ward.
(Pull out to reveal a crowd of Richard III's. The specialist
indicates one who is really over the top.)
Richard III: A horse. A 'horse. My kingdom for a horse.
Specialist: Most of these cases are pretty unpleasant.
Nurse... (a nurse comes in and sedates Richard III) But the
treatment does work with some people. This chap came to us straight
from the Chichester Festival; we operated just in time, and now he's
(He walks over to a very ordinary Richard III, who smiles
disarmingly and says quite chattily)
Second Richard: A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.
(Shaking his head sadly, the specialist leaves the ward and
opens a door to another one.)
Specialist: But in here we have some very nasty cases
(ANIMATION: involving grotesque Hamlets.)
Hamlets: To be or not to be. That is the question. To
(Animation leads to close up of flowers.)