The trees and shrubs resonate with declarations of love and confessions of assumed identity in this exciting new production, where the intimacy of radio brilliantly recreates the closed-off, magical world of the Forest of Arden.
Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.
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This is superb. I didn't know the play but was hooked from the word go.
All the cast are wonderful- This is one of the best Shakespeare dramatisations that I've heard from the BBC.
It is not unabridged- which is both a strength and a weakness- they have struck out virtually anything that could be obscure- so it all romps along beautifully- and yet the purist within me feels slightly short-changed by the abridgements.
Secondly the music is probably the productions weakest point. They keep the singing to a minimum which under the circumstances is probably a blessing.
All the cast are amazing with no exception! easy to follow and definitely the best example of a Shakespeare Audiobook i've seen so far!
The only weak points (but this is just me being picky) is that sometimes Rosalind and Celia's voices are slightly too similar to flow clearly. - However thats probably just me. Also the fact its not the unabridged version is a mixed blessing.
BUT anyway these minor points still don't affect the fact that i'm giving this 5 stars :D
My biggest complaint with BBC radio Shakespeare is their modernizing of the bard's songs and I'm not a big fan of their background music either. As You Like It though is tolerable enough in both of these areas, I personally would prefer something more authentic but it is good for what it is. The biggest draw to this production is Helena Bonham Carter who I thought was fabulous, who wouldn't fall in love with her Rosalind. More than any of the other BBC comedies this is one I eagerly look forward to listening to again and again.
"Why such terrible singing?"
This recording is quite good, and I have a recording of nearly every play of Shakespeare's.
Helena Bonham Carter's Rosalind is unique, perfect, vibrant.
Unfortunately, the fool's songs are sung in a nasal, saccharine, twang reminiscent of high school pop ballads.
"Entertaining but not unabridged"
This is a well-done production in terms of characterization of Rosalind and Orlando. I was disappointed however that it is not unabridged as is indicated on the Amazon website. This made it difficult for students to listen to as they followed along in their own copy of the play.
As always (and I mean always) the BBC Radio Shakespeare knocks another performance right outta the park! I adore these performances, and As You Like It is one of my favorites. Helena Bonham Carter is a superstar, and the entire performance leaves nothing to be desired. If you haven't discovered this performance series, you should!!!
It is hard to imagine a better cast for As You Like It. Helena Bonham Carter captures every shade of Rosalind -- pragmatic, playful, honest, and thoroughly in love -- and the teasing friendship with Natasha Little's Celia is thoroughly believable. The rest of the cast are just as good, I've not heard or seen a performance more sympathetically read.
The one disappointment is that the songs are poorly sung to poor settings, and jar terribly against the beautiful acting.
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