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Classic Charles Dickens Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier, Volume 2

Narrated by: Laurence Olivier
Length: 52 mins
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One of the greatest actors of all time, Laurence Olivier, gives sterling performances in adaptations from the works of one of the greatest English authors, Charles Dickens.

Laurence Olivier features in the restored and remastered Theatre Royal adaptations for 1950s radio audiences of A Christmas Carol and "Mr. Micawber’s Difficulties", drawn from David Copperfield. It is the only radio series in which Lord Olivier would perform and highlights his ability, within a company of other accomplished actors, to spark the imagination with the power of his (and Dickens’) words.

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Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas based on the tales of Charles Dickens. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in ‘Mr Micawber's Difficulties’, adapted from Charles Dickens' original 'David Copperfield' and Laurence Olivier starring in 'A Christmas Carol' adapted from Charles Dickens' original 'A Christmas Carol'.

Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood.

Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: “vivid, tense, and compressed.”( Classic radio)

“Craft, like character, ages well.”(Daily Telegraph)

“Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again.” (Sunday Times)

“A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines.” (Radio Times.)

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A superb service. Excellent value for money options. But very few chapter headings, and often chapter numbers do not Co-ordinate with the text chapters. I do appreciate the Theatre Royal recordings, but I also wish that in this series it could be more apparent which plays are being offered each time. Good quality acting, and well selected stories.