©1964, 1996 HarperCollinsPublishers
This is a 'vintage' recording- 60s or 70s, back when playing Shakespeare was a very serious buisness...
It's very servicable. Full text, good music but rather lacking in charecterisation, lightness and charm.
The BBC version and this sit well side-by-side, the BBC one is quite abridged and tidied up but otherwise superb- a good introduction.
This one gives you all of Shakespeare, a useful 'document'- but might be dull and offputting if this was your first experience of the play.
There is one one funny moment- Beatrice is railing on and Benedick is doing some impromptu interjecting and squeaks 'well- I mean-' in a rather unshakespearian tone- I'm afraid that's as close as this production gets to naturalism.
"Good performance, but hard to hear"
It is nice that there is background noise to the seems however it does become difficult to hear at times. Overall the characters were great and enthusiastic.
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