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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time.

All 10 of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedies, performed by the celebrated Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players.

Power, excess and betrayal are played out in these tragedies that continue to hold modern resonance. Performed by an incredible array of the 20th century’s greatest actors, Marlowe alumni including Ian McKellen, Diana Rigg, Derek Jacobi and Prunella Scales can be heard in these recordings.

All of the Shakespeare plays within the Argo Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations.

Thurston Dart, professor of music at London University and a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, directed the music for this production.

This collection includes 10 tragedies:

  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Coriolanus
  • Hamlet
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus

The full casts for each production in this collection can be found in the description of the individual play’s product page.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What listeners say about Shakespeare: The Tragedies: Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus

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Full blown Shakespeare

Very good value this one - fine acting, possibly a bit melodramatic for modern tastes, but in some cases here it enhances the drama (Macbeth has some very sinister sounding witches). Music and sound effects are minimal but does nothing to detract from these excellent productions.

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  • 04-12-20

This isn’t the creator’s fault but if you have a hearing loss you probably won’t be able to enjoy this collection

Because some of the audio included in this collection was pulled from old timey record albums, as someone with a severe hearing impairment, I wasn’t able to understand very much of the spoken audio.

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