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SHAKESPEARE: THE ESSENTIAL TRAGEDIES Volume I: King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar

by | Read by Douglas Henshall, Sophie Dahl, Susannah York, Gerard Murphy, Stella Gonet, Nicholas Farrell, et al.

Poetry & Drama • 10 hrs. • Audio Program • © 1564

Listeners may feel like they've stepped into the Globe Theatre with this wonderful collection of Shakespeare plays. The production boasts a stellar cast whose attention to the intricate language speaks for itself. The passion and strength of the entire cast deliver these four tragedies in all their glory. Corin Redgrave’s performance as King Lear is exceptional—his portrayal of the despised king contrasts his shifting moods of rage and dolefulness. Equally successful, Philip Madoc’s Prospero portrays the magician’s somber tones and knowing demeanor perfectly. Background music and sound effects give a sense of theatricality to the acting. This audiobook, ably executed by a combination of talented actors and excellent production effects, is a stellar means through which to experience Shakespeare. D.M.W. 2011 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2011]

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