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BBC Radio Shakespeare: A Collection of Six Tragedies
- Narrated by: Bill Wallis, Corin Redgrave, full cast, Geraldine James, Juliet Stevenson, Ken Stott, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Sheen, Siân Phillips, Sophie Dahl
- Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Categories: Literature & Fiction, Classics
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Six full-cast BBC Radio productions of Shakespeare's classic tragedies.
Treachery, betrayal and fatal power struggles are among the themes of these six iconic productions of Shakespeare's timeless tragedies. Featuring all-star casts, they are introduced by Sir Richard Eyre.
Shakespeare's powerfully poetic tragedy of murder, madness and revenge stars Michael Sheen as the prince of Denmark, with Kenneth Cranham as Claudius and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude.
In this notorious 'Scottish play', a lust for power and the prophecy of three witches transform a brave nobleman into a traitor and murderous tyrant. Ken Stott stars as Macbeth and Phyllis Logan as Lady Macbeth.
The tragic consequences of evil triumphing over truth and of the vanity of old age, are set in motion when Lear banishes his favourite daughter, Cordelia, from court. Starring Corin Redgrave as King Lear, with David Troughton, Geraldine James and Robert Glenister.
Evil cunning perverts a once noble mind, as heroic General Othello is destroyed by both his own jealousy and the machinations of the devious Iago. Ray Fearon stars as Othello, with James Frain as Iago.
Romeo and Juliet
An updated version of Shakespeare's tragedy of feuding families and doomed love, set in modern Verona and starring Douglas Henshall as Romeo and Sophie Dahl as Juliet.
When Cymbeline discovers his daughter Imogen's secret marriage to Posthumus, he banishes her husband. But Posthumus' boasts of his wife's chastity provoke lachimo to attempt her seduction. Bill Wallis stars as Cymbeline.
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- raphael turra sprenger
missing important parts
at least in macbeth and hamlet there are important parts that are missing. also, the plays are not divided in acts.
6 people found this helpful
- Jennifer Baratta She/Her
The narrators are outstanding here.
Thank you William Shakespeare and BBC4 Radio for putting together these plays and people. Thank you.
4 people found this helpful
- Libby &
difficult to listen to
We bought this to introduce our children to Shakespeare but after 3 minutes on Hamlet, we gave up. The background noises and actors heavy breathing made it impossible to understand. For my husband and I, who are familiar with the play we could mostly follow along but our children were frustrated.
1 person found this helpful
- Sean Watson
Unwieldy and difficult to use
I had hoped to use this as a tool to teach the plays, but this proves very difficult if each play is not segmented, and the files are only separated by one chapter per play. At the very least they could come bookmarked, or with a PDF of timings for each Scene and Act within each play to make it easier to navigate. Great performances despite this.
14 people found this helpful
Not as described - no chapters!
Rating explained 3/5.
"-" 3 as there are on chapters in these tragedies never mind a PDF,
"+" 1 for English accents and not American.
Should there be chapters and/or PDF I may revisit and revise the rating given. Too pricey without chapters broken down therefore misleading. Until then it remains a generous 3.
9 people found this helpful