"A selection of over 40 scenes and speeches performed in live Royal Shakespeare Company productions from 1959 to the present day, chosen by Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC.
With actors including Francesca Annis · Peggy Ashcroft · Simon Russell Beale · Brian Cox · Sinead Cusack · Judi Dench · Ray Fearon · Ciarán Hinds · Ian Holm · Alan Howard · Derek Jacobi · Emrys James Ben Kingsley · Jane Lapotaire · Anton Lesser · Ian McKellen · Laurence Olivier · David Oyelowo · Richard Pasco · Michael Pennington · Jonathan Pryce · Roger Rees · Ian Richardson · Alan Rickman · Paul Robeson · Mark Rylance · Paul Scofield · Antony Sher · Donald Sinden · Robert Stephens · Juliet Stevenson · Patrick Stewart · David Suchet · Janet Suzman · David Tennant · Harriet Walter · David Warner · Michael Williams
In the plays All's Well that Ends Well · Antony and Cleopatra · As You Like It · The Comedy of Errors · Coriolanus · Cymbeline · Hamlet · Henry IV Part 1 · Henry V · Henry VI Part 3 · Henry VIII · Julius Caesar · King John · King Lear · Love's Labour's Lost · Macbeth · The Merchant of Venice · The Merry Wives of Windsor · A Midsummer Night's Dream · Much Ado about Nothing · Othello · Pericles · Richard II · Richard III · Romeo and Juliet · The Taming of the Shrew · The Tempest · Timon of Athens · Titus Andronicus · Troilus and Cressida · Twelfth Night · The Two Gentlemen of Verona · The Winter's Tale
"It's fascinating to listen to. You can hear the changes, across the decades, in how actors read their lines (more freely these days), and in how the audience reacts (more vocal now). You also get a sense of the glorious plasticity of Shakespeare's material, how much it can change in different hands... it's a great way into the magical world of the Sound Archive, in many ways the British Library's embassy to the world.
" (The Guardian)
"What a treasure trove these discs prove for lovers of Shakespare and great acting. In the new volume you can hear Paul Robeson''s magically voiced Othello, still sounding wonderfully fresh and sonorous 50 years on, and time travel through the decades right up to David Tennant''s Hamlet last year, with its magical mixture of sharp intelligence, humour, and depth of feeling. . . I cannot recommend them too highly to anyone who loves Shakespeare.
" (The Daily Telegraph)
Catalogue Number: OACD9042BD
Running Time: 283 minutes
Sound: 16 bit 44.1khz / 24 bit 96khz
Label: Opus Arte"