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Pete UK

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  • "The finest noise ever created by vo..."

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    We're familiar with Shakespeare, and we know just how good Hamlet is. But this recording is all about the golden larynx of Richard Burton. As it was a recording of a live theatre performance, the sound quality is less than perfect, but who cares? It's a privilege to be able to listen to him. I agree with some that his Hamlet may be a little too manic in places, but maybe not an unreasonable interpretation.



    And as a bonus, the honeyed tones of Gielgud feature as the ghost.

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    Richard Burton's Hamlet

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Richard Burton, a full cast
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    (15)
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    Story
    (4)

    This production of Hamlet, directed by Sir John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton, was recorded in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and with the actors performing just as they would if you went to see a production tonight. "The particular intensity and nerves of this is probably the same kind of thing that excites an audience in live theater," says Richard Burton.

    Pete UK says: "The finest noise ever created by vocal chords?"
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    "Listener Beware!"

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    There is nothing wrong with the performance - but the play is abridged, which is not what the word 'Original' in the title line suggests!



    My enjoyment of this wonderful, classic play was spoiled by having a key chunk of the script cut in such a savage edit.

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  • 4.5 (45 ratings)
    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)  by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, Martin Clunes

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    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
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    Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

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  • 4.4 (30 ratings)
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    In Search of Lost Time (Dramatised)  by Marcel Proust Narrated by James Wilby, Jonathan Firth, Harriet Walter, Imogen Stubbs, Corin Redgrave

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    • By Marcel Proust
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  • 4.3 (15 ratings)
    Richard Burton's Hamlet  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Richard Burton, a full cast

    Richard Burton's Hamlet

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
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    • Narrated By Richard Burton, a full cast
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    Pete UK says: "The finest noise ever created by vocal chords?"
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  • 4.6 (11 ratings)
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    Here is a diverse and fascinating story of the Theatre, from the first tragedies and comedies of Ancient Greece to the high-tech mega-musicals of the late 20th century. It is an absorbing listen, encompassing ancient tales, medieval theatre, Commedia dell'Arte, the great dramas of the Elizabethan age, and more.

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  • 4.4 (11 ratings)
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  • 4.7 (11 ratings)
    Blithe Spirit: An Improbable Farce (Unabridged)  by Noel Coward Narrated by Corin Redgrave, Kika Markham, full cast

    Blithe Spirit: An Improbable Farce (Unabridged)

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    When novelist Charles Condomine invites a medium into his house in order to learn about the occult for his new book, the last thing he or his second wife dream is that the seance will bring back his first wife, Elvira, who wants Charles all to herself!

  • 4.5 (10 ratings)
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    Dombey and Son (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)

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    • By Charles Dickens
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  • Anna Karenina (Dramatised) (






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    • By Leo Tolstoy
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    An abridged version of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. Anna (Bergman) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Peck).

  • Pygmalion  by George Bernard Shaw Narrated by Shannon Cochran, Nicholas Pennell, full cast

    Pygmalion

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    • By George Bernard Shaw
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    Pygmalion is a perceptive comedy about class relations and perceptions, as played out between a Cockney flower seller and the irascible speech professor who has taken her on as a project.

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  • King Richard III (






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  • Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Arnold Weinstein

    Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)  by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, Martin Clunes

    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

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  • Twelfth Night (






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  • Classic BBC Radio Horror: Dracula  by Bram Stoker Narrated by Frederick Jaeger, Phyllis Logan, Bernard Holley

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    Pride and Prejudice

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  • Ring for Jeeves (






ABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Martin Jarvis

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    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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  • Pride and Prejudice (






UNABRIDGED) by Jane Austen Narrated by Samantha Spiro, Full Cast

    Pride and Prejudice

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    • Narrated By Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
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    Samantha Spiro, David Troughton, and Amanda Root are among the cast of this new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Jane Austen's famous novel. Mrs Bennet is determined to see her five daughters married off and secure a future for them all. When the wealthy Mr Bingley arrives in the neighbourhood, Mrs Bennet wastes no time in making his acquaintance. His friend Mr Darcy, however, discourages Mr Bingley from marrying Jane Bennet, and also appears to snub her sister Elizabeth.

  • Lady Windemer's Fan (






UNABRIDGED) by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Phil Chenevert

    Lady Windemer's Fan

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  • The Modern Scholar: Politics and Performance: Theater in the 20th Century  by Megan Lewis Narrated by Megan Lewis

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    • Narrated By Megan Lewis
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    Julius Caesar: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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    • By William Shakespeare
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    At the heart of this tragic history is one of Shakespeare's most noble characters, the statesman Brutus, who is caught in a devastating conflict between private affection and public duty.

    Julius Caesar has become the most powerful man in the Rome. Does his power now threaten the very existence of the Republic itself? A conspiracy is hatched, one that will have fatal consequences not only for Caesar and the conspirators but for the future history of the ancient world.

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  • Love's Labor's Lost: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Alex Jennings, Emma Fielding, Samantha Bond, Greg Wise, Alan Howard

    Love's Labor's Lost: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
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    The young king of Navarre and three of his courtiers have vowed to lock themselves away for three years of study and fasting, and to forswear the company of women for this period. No sooner is their vow made than it is tested, however, as the princess of France and three of her ladies arrive in Navarre on a diplomatic mission. The young men fall instantly and hopelessly in love, and the tension between their vow and their passion forms the subject of this charming and sparkling early comedy.

  • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, Bob Peck, Norman Rodway

    Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
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    Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy.

  • King John: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Michael Feast, Michael Maloney, Eileen Atkins

    King John: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Michael Feast, Michael Maloney, Eileen Atkins
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    King John of England is pitted against the united powers of France, Brittany, Austria, and the Papacy. Will England be destroyed by his fatal indecision? As alliances are made, broken, and remade, the paranoid and erratic John reveals his weakness and reliance on those around him - including his powerful mother, Queen Elinor, and Faulconbridge, the cynical and witty bastard son of the dead King Richard I.

  • Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Hugh Ross, Harriet Walter

    Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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    • By William Shakespeare
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    The brave warrior Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded by Lady Macbeth, his wife, to slay good King Duncan and seize the throne of Scotland for himself. Macbeth achieves his ambition, but one murder proves not to be enough as he desperately attempts to eliminate all who might threaten his ill-gotten power. Descending into paranoia, Macbeth achieves his ambition but ravages his soul.

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  • Measure for Measure: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Stella Gonet

    Measure for Measure: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Stella Gonet
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    Telling his followers he is leaving the city on affairs of state, the Duke of Vienna appoints the puritanical Angelo to govern in his absence. Will Angelo prove as virtuous as he seems once power is in his hands? Roaming the city disguised as a friar, the duke looks on as Angelo's lust for the virtuous Isabella sweeps him into the corruption he has so sternly condemned in others. The duke's manipulation at last produces a happy ending for this dark comedy, with its brilliant exploration of the themes of justice and mercy.

  • Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, Suzanne Bertish, Stephen Mangan, Ron Cook

    Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, and others
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    Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.