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    • Macbeth

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • argh American accents!!

    • By Silvernin on 05-12-17

    Regular price: £6.79

    • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies

    • Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast, Paul Scofield, Peggy Ashcroft, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Think before buying this

    • By Lewis Kane on 10-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Macbeth (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated by: Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Nick Murchie, Coralyn Sheldon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    The multi-award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. Full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play.

    "And nothing is, but what is not." Macbeth may be mystified by the Weird Sisters' words but this intense performance with incisive commentary cuts to the heart of Shakespeare's complex psychological tragedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sure Pass with Smartpass

    • By JesKimSea on 18-01-13

    Regular price: £17.50

    • Romeo and Juliet

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Here is the full-cast production of Shakespeare's classic love story, fully dramatized from the complete text, and starring Michael Sheen as Romeo and Kate Beckinsale as Juliet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely beautiful and exquisite!

    • By Emma on 04-05-13

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Othello (Dramatized)

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Reilly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Shakespeare's Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success - each performance was a sell-out.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Missed out a couple of lines but still great!

    • By Grace on 13-06-17

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Hamlet

    • Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
    • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, and others
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Education and Entertainment

    • By Ron on 01-04-17

    Regular price: £17.49

    • King Lear

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This is the ninth recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, and is directed by John Tydeman. It was released to mark the 80th birthday of Paul Scofield in January 2002.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not unabridged

    • By Liz on 28-11-17

    Regular price: £18.09

    • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Romances

    • The Winter's Tale, Pericles, The Tempest
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Hannah Gordon, Paul Scofield, Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Three classic radio productions from the BBC archives starring Hannah Gordon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Tempest

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Sir Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tempestuous Performance

    • By Mr on 24-07-15

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Vivat Rex: Volume One (Dramatisation)

    • Landmark Drama from the BBC Radio Archive
    • By: William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and others
    • Narrated by: Richard Burton, Full Cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Richard Burton narrates this famous dramatic chronicle of the English Crown, a treasure of the BBC radio archive published on audible for the very first time. Vivat Rex is the landmark drama series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome Listening

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-15

    Regular price: £32.00

    • Shakespeare's MACBETH

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Gideon Wagner
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Macbeth, a general of the army of Duncan, King of Scotland, rises through the ranks after victory over the rebel MacDonald. Inspired by three witches' prediction that he would become king, he and his wife murder Duncan, and he becomes King of Scotland himself. The heir, Malcolm, flees to England, where he is joined by Macduff, the loyal Thane of Fife.

    Regular price: £0.99

    • King Richard III

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Written in 1593, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This play differs from its predecessors, being amore structured piece, examining the development and motivations of a single character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the throne occupied by his brother Edward IV.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Now Is the reading of our most content

    • By Sparkest on 06-01-18

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Lenny Henry in Othello

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    This BBC Radio production stars much-loved actor and comedian Lenny Henry, who won the Evening Standard’s Best Newcomer Award for his stunning performance as the tortured Moor. First performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, it subsequently toured the country before arriving in London’s West End where Henry received rave reviews.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm no longer scared of Shakespeare!

    • By Stephanie Jane on 28-03-10

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Twelfth Night

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast, David Tennant, Naomi Frederick
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    David Tennant stars as Malvolio in Shakespeare's comedy of disguise, madness and love. One of Shakespeare's happiest plays, Twelfth Night is both a comedy of misrule and a trenchant attack on puritanism. Disguise and deceit leads to misadventure, madness and mistaken love. Orsino loves Olivia, but she loves Cesario, who really does love Orsino (for Cesario is actually Viola).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Much better listening to a play than reading it!

    • By joanmn on 13-02-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Classic Love Poems

    • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful Poems, Balm For The Soul.

    • By bookylady on 10-02-15

    Regular price: £6.59

    • BBC Radio Shakespeare

    • Hamlet (Dramatised)
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Kenneth Cranham, Juliet Stevenson, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping Version

    • By Ms on 09-12-13

    Regular price: £14.00

    • Hamlet

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Jamie Parker, Full Cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    Jamie Parker stars as the Prince of Denmark in this brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast production. At the Castle of Elsinore in Denmark, the court is uneasy. The king of Denmark has recently died and the throne has been claimed by the king's brother, Claudius. Prince Hamlet, still in mourning for his father, distrusts Claudius and believes that what has happened at the court 'cannot come to good’. The ghost of his father has told him he was murdered by Claudius.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is the excellent foppery of the world

    • By Je suis Charlie on 10-12-15

    Regular price: £14.00

    • BBC Radio Shakespeare

    • Macbeth (Dramatised)
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Ken Stott, Phyllis Logan, Full Cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling performances

    • By Ms on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Comedies

    • The Taming of the Shrew; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Twelfth Night
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Fenella Fielding, Nigel Hawthorne, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Three classic radio productions from the BBC archives starring Nigel Hawthorne, Miriam Margolyes, Geraldine McEwan and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible sound quality don't waste your time.

    • By Barry Deri on 12-11-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Eva Mashtaler on 02-01-18

    Regular price: £17.49

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