This unabridged, full-cast recording is a wonderful way to experience and listen to Shakespeare out-loud.
By modern standards this sounds outdated and very 'hammy'. It is slow, reverential and the actors 'sing' the lines rather too lovingly- Not even the nurse is prepared to loose an ounce of her dignity. In short it is hot on the poetry but rather slow on the drama.
Claire Bloom does have her moments as Juliet- indeed she does the more hysterical passages very well. But the Romeo seems to believe that he is playing Hamlet- and he sounds much too old to boot.
In short this is a good 'reference', but better unabridged versions are available- Naxos, for instance.
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