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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 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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

    • 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 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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

    • 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 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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
    • The best so far...

    • By Philip on 21-01-08

    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 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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

    • Seven Classic Plays

    • By: William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and others
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Now, for the first time in audio, Blackstone presents seven great plays in one volume: Euripides' Medea, Shakespeare's The Tempest, Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, Dumas' Camille, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, Shaw's Arms and the Man, and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. These productions illustrate the development of European drama from ancient times to the threshold of the modern theater.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Old Fashioned Theatre

    • By Highlight on 18-01-13

    Regular price: £21.69

    • 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 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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 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 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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

    • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated by: Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Chris Kelham, Sara Bowes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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. The poetry of Shakespeare's star crossed lovers is poignantly performed and expertly explained in this unique production: "Passion lends them power."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazingly helpful !

    • By Mrs on 06-04-17

    Regular price: £17.50

    • Richard III

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Troughton, Saskia Wickham, Margaret Robertson, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Brilliantly manipulative and entirely amoral, the hero-villain Richard is one of Shakespeare's greatest roles. The Yorkists have emerged victorious from the civil wars and Edward IV wears the English crown. But Edward's misshapen brother Richard harbors kingly ambitions and will stop at nothing to achieve the throne. In a fatal battle on Bosworth Field, Richard meets the ghosts of all whom he has murdered and the Earl of Richmond, the future King Henry VII.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spellbound throughout.

    • By Shades of Blue on 30-07-18

    Regular price: £16.39

    • 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 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • Judi Dench and Michael Williams: With Great Pleasure

    • By: Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Charlotte Mitchell, and others
    • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Michael Williams
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • 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 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • 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

    • Romeo and Juliet

    • A BBC Radio 3 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast, Trystan Gravelle, Vanessa Kirby
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    A full-cast BBC Radio 3 production of Shakespeare’s quick-witted summer tragedy. In a town full of hatred, where the streets ring with the Capulet-Montague feud and swords are too easily drawn, Romeo and Juliet find each other--and love--and never let go. In Shakespeare’s famous play, first performed in 1595, the warring Capulets and Montagues have been sworn to keep the peace on pain of death. When Capulet’s daughter, Juliet, meets Montague’s son, Romeo, at a masked ball, they immediately fall in love.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well preformed - but scenes are cut

    • By Tony Little on 22-05-17

    Regular price: £12.00

    • King Lear

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Trevor Peacock, Clive Merrison, full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    This shattering drama of isolation and loss is one of the greatest tragedies in world literature. King Lear of Britain has three daughters: the hard-hearted Goneril and Regan, and the good and gentle Cordelia. He determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best. Lear's tragic lack of judgment and self-knowledge is paralleled by the blindness of the loyal Gloucester who is persuaded to reject his virtuous son, Edgar, in favor of the villainous Edmund.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heartbreaking

    • By Kniphofia on 05-03-16

    Regular price: £16.39

    • 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 34
    • 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

    • Shakespeare's Sonnets (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Nick Sandys
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The secret of their identities has fueled debate for hundreds of years: Who are the nameless nobleman and the dark-haired mistress? And what did they do to inspire the creation of more than 150 deeply intimate poems? Whether William Shakespeare's sonnets are pure fiction or the lingering echo of an autobiographical account, this exquisitely written collection defied traditional love poem conventions to explore the many layers of romance, the dangers of lust, and the nuances of beauty.

    Regular price: £6.59

    • 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 23
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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

    • Julius Caesar: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Michael Feast, John Bowe, Adrian Lester
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    At the heart of this tragic history is one of Shakespeare's most noble characters, the statesman Brutus, who is caught in a devastating conflict between private affection and public duty.

    Julius Caesar has become the most powerful man in the Rome. Does his power now threaten the very existence of the Republic itself? A conspiracy is hatched, one that will have fatal consequences not only for Caesar and the conspirators but for the future history of the ancient world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb Production

    • By Joey Dean on 23-07-17

    Regular price: £16.99

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