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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 63
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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

    • 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 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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

    • 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 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    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

    • 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 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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

    • The Merchant of Venice

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Trevor Peacock, Bill Nighy, Haydn Gwynne, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    In Shakespeare's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid. The golden world of Portia's Belmont calls forth some of Shakespeare's most lyrical love poetry. But the dark shadow of Shylock is never far from the heart of this brilliant comedy as it moves toward its courtroom climax.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 1st class

    • By Shades of Blue on 04-04-18

    Regular price: £13.59

    • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy.

    Regular price: £16.39

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

    • By: William Shakespeare, Jonathan Lomas
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Jude Akuwudike, Nick Murchie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Here is the multi award-winning SmartPass study guide, with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis to allow any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Meet literature's greatest villain in this tragedy, fuelled by jealous rage. Journey into the twisted mind of Iago, who freely admits, "I am not what I am", and truly get under the skin of this wondrous play.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Informative but irritating

    • By Catherine on 02-06-12

    Regular price: £17.50

    • 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 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    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

    • 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 220
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    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

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Lovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and, yes, love. Sir Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and Joan Hart perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Regular price: £11.19

    • 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 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Amanda Root, David Harewood, Roy Hudd
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    When Oberon, King of the Fairies, uses his magic upon four runaway lovers in a midsummer wood outside Athens, chaos ensues. Who really loves whom? Meanwhile, a band of well-meaning but bungling local actors have their rehearsal sabotaged by the mischievous Puck, who bewitches their leader, Bottom, and Titania, the Fairy Queen. The result is a lively and anarchic comedy which can only be resolved by an elaborate disentangling of spells.

    Regular price: £11.29

    • Antony and Cleopatra

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in Shakespeare's tragedy of love and power. As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in this brand-new production. Lovers, politicians, superstars... Antony & Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s late and epic tragedy of mature love, and the catastrophic fall from grace and power that it brings about.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Henry VI, Part 3

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Tennant, Kelly Hunter, Clive Merrison, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    The Yorkists have been temporarily victorious and the Duke of York has assumed the throne, but the Lancastrians, led by Queen Margaret, counter-attack. As the fortunes of war shift, both the innocent and the guilty are swept up in the maelstrom. And increasingly dominant amid the chaos is the sinister figure of the crook-backed Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

    Regular price: £16.39

    • 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

    • Henry V

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Brian Cox, Elizabeth Spriggs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Henry V is a study of kingship, patriotism, and heroic determination tempered by tender comedy as Henry courts Katherine, princess of France. Henry, the noble and courageous young king of England, decides to invade France, believing he has a rightful claim to the throne. At Agincourt he leads his army into battle against the powerful French forces and, against all the odds, wins a famous victory.

    Regular price: £16.39

    • 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 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor sound

    • By Amazon Customer on 20-11-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Twelfth Night

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack, Jonathan Firth, Amanda Root, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Shakespeare's most sophisticated comedy is a riotous tale of hopelessly unrequited passions and mistaken identity. Duke Orsino is in love with the noblewoman Olivia. She, however, has fallen for his servant Cesario, who is actually Viola, a woman disguised as a man, who loves Orsino: Confusion is rife. Meanwhile, Olivia's arrogant steward Malvolio is cruelly tricked by her uncle Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and the maidservant Maria into believing his mistress loves him.

    Regular price: £11.29

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