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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 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for revision !!

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-18

    Regular price: £9.19

    • 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 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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: £9.19

    • 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 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great into ready for further study.

    • By mrs c moore on 10-09-17

    Regular price: £9.19

    • 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 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • 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 63
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    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

    • Twelfth Night

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast, David Tennant, Naomi Frederick
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    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
    • Twelfth Night

    • By Amazon Customer on 15-01-19

    Regular price: £12.00

    • 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 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 22

    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

    • 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 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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: £9.19

    • 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 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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

    • Othello

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Don Warrington, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Othello, a Moorish general in the service of Venice, has married Desdemona, beautiful daughter of a Venetian senator. But Iago, Othello's malignant ensign, is determined to destroy their happiness. Cunningly bending Othello to his own purposes, Iago persuades the Moor that Desdemona is unfaithful to him. Tormented in a hell of jealousy, Othello moves inexorably toward the destruction of his innocent wife and himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly done.

    • By Shades of Blue on 24-08-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • 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 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    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

    • Othello

    • Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
    • By: William Shakespeare, Jonathan Lomas, Phil Viner
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Jude Akuwudike, Nick Murchie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Experience Othello 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great peace well acted

    • By David on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £17.49

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dramatised)

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Warren Mitchell, Michael Maloney, Sarah Woodward
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    This classic Shakespearean comedy is presented here in a colorful full-cast dramatization, drawn from the complete text and starring Warren Mitchell, Michael Maloney, and Sarah Woodward.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A lovely performance

    • By Andrew on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £9.19

    • 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 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 23

    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

    • Seven Ages

    • An Anthology of Poetry with Music (Unabridged Selections)
    • By: William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated by: Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Poetry Not Much Music.

    • By Bernice on 28-01-17

    Regular price: £9.49

    • Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Retold

    • Classic Love Poems with a Modern Twist
    • By: William Shakespeare, James Anthony, Stephen Fry - foreword
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry, Paapa Essiedu, James Anthony
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Rediscover the greatest love poetry ever written. Shakespeare’s sonnets are some of the nation’s favourite lines of verse, but the Elizabethan language can make it difficult to really understand them. Many guides offer to clarify the meaning, but lose the magic of the words by explaining them away. James Anthony has done something boldly different.

    Regular price: £17.99

    • Julius Caesar

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Shakespearean drama

    • By Kindle Customer on 02-01-19

    Regular price: £11.89

    • 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 230
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    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

    • The Taming of the Shrew

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Frances Barber, Roger Allam, Alan Cox
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister, Kate, is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take on Kate? The witty adventurer Petruchio undertakes the task. While he sets about transforming Kate from foul-tempered termagant to loving wife, young Lucentio and his clever servant, Tranio, plot to win Bianca.

    Regular price: £13.59

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