With the intimacy of radio the full beauty and meaning of some of the most lyrical lines ever written can be truly heard: tenderness and passion, betrayal and bigotry are brilliantly evoked as the tale comes to its tragic conclusion.
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This is good- on the whole. The nurse certainly is superb and Lord Capulet makes a tremendous job of being 'mad' at Juliet's refusal to marry Paris. Mercutio dies beautifully.
Sophie Dahl makes rather a good Juliet, on the whole,though the producers evidently find her a little under-powered at times so underscore her big speeches with music. I thought the Romeo a little bit weedy, though he gets better.
The whole production I thought one of the weakest BBC ones that I have come across so far. It is set in modern italy with the sound of Vespas and so on. Lord Capulet spends his time watching (i gather) porn films- which is an interesting insight into his charecter,if a little unnecessary. Romeo snorts cocaine in Mantua (why?).
Worse still it is not unabridged and, even worse, the text is tampered with. Both 'Shakespeare in Love' and Baz Lermann's film manage to cope with Mantua's law being death to any who 'utter' poison, but the BBC modernise it- a small quibble, I suppose, but you have been warned...
I downloaded this for a student. It is so much better than previous recordings we've listened to. It has great readers, great sound effects (along the lines of the Dicaprio version with motorcycles!) and makes Shakespeare a much more enjoyable experience for a student who cannot read it on his own. Thank you!
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